Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Inside cover 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 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.


Disclaimer, this was me at the bookstore when I finally held this baby in my hands for the first time:

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I am a huuuuge Laini Taylor fan; Daughter of Smoke and Bone is an all-time favorite of mine.

So my expectations were quite high when I started this book (I mean it’s about a librarian…perfection). Truth be told, it didn’t live up to my immense expectations, but I did like it and would probably love it upon re-reading.

I found Lazlo’s story more interesting than Sarai’s, but the entire thing really is very beautifully done.

I’m excited to see where the sequel takes us!

And to Laini:

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Plus: Magic and whimsy galore! The entire backstory of Weep is incredible and I would immediately read a prequel. Also, I love the title now, after finding out where it comes from.

Minus: It wasn’t Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That’s really my only complaint…

If you like this book, try:

I can’t even think of anything to compare it to, really, but maybe:

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

(not sure if I’ve already used this one- if I have, sorry for redundancy!)

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