Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Rating: 5/5


Genre: YA Fantasy


Recommended Age: 13+ (some discussion of violent acts including rape. Gore. Trigger warnings.)


Favorite Quote: “They were so nearly unchanged, and yet that one thing – the color of their skin – would, in the real word, change everything.”


The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way aroundand 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.


Weep. The mysterious city that most say is the thing of fairytales. And we are allowed to travel with Lazlo into the forgotten village and through a tale of war, loss, tragedy, and redemption. Will we find out the secrets of Weep or will there be more trouble for our hero? And whose version of the past is the most accurate? I didn’t think this book would be the best fit for me. I’m someone who gets really disinterested in a book if the language is too flowery, if you know what I mean. But one of my friends (@ludreadsbooks on instagram! Go follow her!) was hosting a readalong and so I decided to give this book a chance. And I was so absolutely wrong with this book. The characters were amazing. So detailed, so complex, and so relatable, even the “villain” characters!! The plot was so intriguing and intricate! And Laini’s writing style fit the book so well and, after a bit, was not so scary and complex. It actually has a rhythm to it and it’s very a very beautifully written book.


However, the writing in the book can be confusing and scary for someone like me who likes less flowery language. It can take a bit of getting used to. The pacing is also incredibly slow for the first part of the book and it really only picks up after the halfway mark. Since there will be a sequel the second book should go a ton faster now that the backgrounds and descriptions are out of the way for now.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Like really enjoyed it. So much so that at a certain spoiler I became enraged at the book because it made me mad how a certain character was treated. But the book was phenomenal and I recommend it for any reader who likes high fantasy novels.


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