Review: STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor


Laini Taylor

SeriesStrange the Dreamer #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 432
Release date: March 28th 2017

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?

“We are all children in the dark, here in Weep.”

Strange the Dreamer is absolutely magical. The novel’s unique premise is paired with beautiful writing, delivering a powerful and creepy story. It is filled with dreams, feuds, moths, and hope. Every word carries weight, and every character opens a window to a wonderful new world.

Laini Taylor is the most amazing writer pretty much ever. She creates unique and captivating universes that take your breath away. It is so easy to fall in love with her stories, to get swept away by her words, and Strange the Dreamer is no different. This is a beautiful book, and one of my favorite reads ever.

One of my status updates perfectly describes my feelings towards this book:


This novel is utterly, totally, completely brilliant. The world-building is complex and fascinating, and it lends the story an eerie and magical atmosphere. Reading this is very much like embarking in a dream, and Taylor’s careful choice of words only adds to that feeling.

Each and every character is layered and developed. Lazlo and Sarai, our main characters, are real and compelling. They are a delight to read about, with all of their pain and hope and wonder. Every character has their own backstory and motivations, and they are all interesting in their own rights. Even the ones I hated are great characters. 😛

There is a lot of build up in this novel, both when it comes to the twists and the romance. It is all very intense and well executed, and it takes you by surprise in the best of ways. The romance is so sweet, and it really brings a smile to your face. It is a bright spot in a book that has its really dark moments.

Strange the Dreamer has definitely won a spot in my Favorite shelf. This is such an inspiring novel, with beautiful writing and unique world-building. I’m going to hold this book close to my heart, and I can’t wait for what is to come. Highly recommend this to all Fantasy fans!



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