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Strange The Dreamer

Title of book:

Strange the Dreamer

Author:

Lanini Taylor

Book Blurb

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 extraordinary new novel by Sunday Times bestselling author Laini Taylor, 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.

How I Rate It

4 stars

Strange The Dreamer
My Review

I finished this book last night, and even though it was not the book I had planned for my first review post of 2018, I had to write it up while it is all fresh. Where do I even start with this book? I had a bit of a love/hate relations with this book. I am very limited in the amount of time I have to read, and this book is big for a young adult novel. 532 pages big.

Honestly because of its size it ended up sitting on my shelf for a few months before I even attempted to start it. I knew it would be a big commitment for me. I am not a slow reader by any means, but when you only get about 20 minutes of reading time in a week, big books are scary. But I saw so many Instagram posts about how awesome it was, and I finally decided to start reading it in November or was it October? I can’t remember. If I am going, to be honest, the first few chapters of the book did not grab my attention. I can not pinpoint why, but I really had to push myself to keep reading. Something kept telling me that it would get better. And thankfully it did.

The story picked up and I slowly but surely fell in love with the main character Lazlo Strange.

It was impossible. Of coure. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?

This book was also not what I expected it to be, it was so much more. And the best part is that it was original and nothing like I have read in the last couple of years. I can not find faults in the main character, and his development throughout the store is fantastic, and to me, made sense the entire way.

There are a lot of other characters in the book. If I am going to be honest, perhaps too many. There are small chapters that provide glimpses of smaller characters points of view and I could have done without these. I found them distracting. Perhaps it is set up for future books… I don’t know. However, there are a few secondary characters that there is more time spent developing, and I fell in love with them too.

In fact, but the end of the book I had such enormous feeling for all the characters in the book, especially those that were key to the story. And as good stories do, it ends with a cliffhanger that ensures you will buy the next book in the series as soon as it comes out. And what a cliffhanger it is. I had heard that it was something, but the last few chapters of the book left me what devastated, and once I was there, I knew what was coming, and I really didn’t want it to end the way it did, but on the other hand, the other option would have been heartbreaking.

As much as this book took me forever to finish, which annoyed me immensely. I really wanted to be done reading it, but now that I am, I am already missing the world that was created with such detail. When reading I lived there, and honestly, it sounded beautiful.

So would I recommend this book? Yes.. and yes again. But prepare for a long, and a lot of detail and character building, and detours that might not feel necessary.

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