Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Release Date: 28th March 2017
my Goodreads rating: 5/5 stars
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 to 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?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.
To put it simply Laini’s writing is the most beautiful and addictive I may have ever read. This is the first book i’ve read by this author (why did I never pick up Daughter Of Smoke and Bone! why am I like this), This is kind of a slow burn kind of book, but it still had me hooked from the very beginning. I think for me its one of those books I had to read slowly because I didn’t want to miss any of the words, I wanted to visualise everything. Strange The Dreamer is rich and vivid in world building and has mesmerizing descriptions that are really quite beautiful.
Naturally as a book lover I was instantly drawn to the character of Lazlo, with his love for stories & books and a dreamer, this book has an interesting array of characters, mixed in with what Laini does so well (I’ve heard..), Gods and Monsters!
I’d been highly anticipating this book for the longest time after all the mystery surrounding it and it didn’t disappoint. It was strange and beautiful and everyone should just go read it immediately (just saying).
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable.”
The thing is, I don’t want to say too much, I loved going into this book with the mystery surrounding it, you will feel as the title of the book suggests, you’re in a dream whilst reading.
Thank you to Chapter 5 books @ Hodder for sending me an ARC to review.