“Like nightmares, dreams were insidious things, and didn’t like being locked away.”
Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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.
Strange the Dreamer – if anything – is a peculiar book. Not in the sense of unusual characterization, plot or world building. The way that Laini Taylor writes is just, uniquely entrancing. Laini Taylor certainly has a way with words which I found myself completely engrossed with.
Strange the Dreamer is told from two perspectives. Lazlo – the librarian who is completely and utterly infatuated with the Unseen City – Weep; and, Sarai, a girl from Weep who has a special affinity with dreams.
This novel is what I would call an ideal fantasy novel. A magical world filled with wonders and magic; characters who give so much life and excitement to the story and a well written, fast paced plot. All of this paired with Taylor’s mystical prose made for a magical read.
It was nice to see a male protagonist in a fantasy novel who wasn’t the insane alpha male that felt the need to solve everything with a sword fight. Lazlo’s personality allowed for a perspective of this story that was intellectual and altogether a lot more interesting.
Overall, I think that this book was a whimsical and fun read and honestly, a very very very good book. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!