TITLE: Strange the Dreamer
AUTHOR: Laini Taylor
PAGE EXTENT: 536
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy
MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.
“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?”
If there’s one word that can summarize this magical gem of a book, it’s HOPE.
Lazlo Strange is an orphan and a librarian who dreams of visiting the enchanting city of Weep. Weep is a utopian city situated halfway across the world which mysteriously cut off contact with the rest of the world a few years ago. Lazlo longs to visit this city whose name was forgotten all of a sudden and replaced by the word “Weep”.
Sarai is a blue-skinned young goddess trapped in a huge metallic angel-shaped structure called the Citadel that looms over the city of Weep, along with four other godspawn Sparrow, Feral, Ruby and Minya, each having their own power.
How do their lives intertwine? Revealing anything beyond this point will taint the magical experience. Discover for yourself! ❤
If there’s one thing I genuinely regret in my life, it’s not picking this book up sooner. I honestly CANNOT believe why I kept putting it off so much. But I’m so glad I finally decided to delve in.
LAINI TAYLOR IS A GODDESS. Her writing style is outright THE BEST writing style I’ve come across. It’s lyrical, whimsical, magical and lush writing. Remember that feeling when you bite into chocolate-dipped strawberries? The chocolate swirls on your tongue as the juicy strawberry infuses its flavor and the two somehow perfectly go together to give you a heavenly experience? THAT is how you feel as you read this book. I read many paragraphs multiple times just to savor Laini’s DELICIOUS writing.
And now, onto the plot. The plotline of this story is very intricate and well-mapped. Even the most minuscule event that happens during the course of the story is accounted for. I sometimes begin to wonder if there is a magical wonderland in Laini’s head in place of a brain haha. HOW, JUST HOW did she come up with this story? It’s outright THE MOST UNIQUE book I’ve ever read.
The world-building and character-building are ON POINT. Laini takes her time to develop the characters and they turn out to be some of the most memorable characters ever. Lazlo and Sarai will stay with you forever, no exaggeration here. There were times when I began craving for a boyfriend like Lazlo, innocent and pure and most importantly, an ardent reader! Laini makes sure you pine for her characters and feel for them like you’ve known them your entire life. See, THAT’s MAGIC RIGHT THERE.
The love story in this book is of the PUREST form. I can’t put all my thoughts into words because trust me, it’s THAT difficult to describe this masterpiece. When you pick up this book, make sure you have Muse of Nightmares at the ready. Book 2 begins immediately where this one left off and you’ll have a major hangover if you don’t pick up Book 2 right away!Read more