Laini Taylor’s writing is so beautiful I could quite literally “Weep.” This is one of, if not the, most gorgeously-written book I have ever read.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
In honor of my new book boyfriend, Lazlo Strange, I chose to pair Strange the Dreamer with this Dreamer Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a very refreshing flavor, just like Lazlo has a very refreshing outlook on his beautiful world.
*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
The Nitty Gritty
- Title: Strange the Dreamer
- Author: Laini Taylor
- Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
- Pub Date: March 28, 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 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?
I am at a complete loss to describe the wonder that is Laini’s prose. I feel like only Laini Taylor herself could put together sentences exquisite enough to accurately describe her own writing. Laini has written a book that is about a dreamer and then made the entire reading experience feel like being immersed inside an actual dream. That kind of writing ability is beyond comprehension.
I adored everything about this world and the characters within it. The details of the world are intricate and poetically described. The city of Weep was enchanting, even when it was overshadowed by the citadel. And the citadel itself was a place of such wonder. I would love nothing more than to wander it’s hallways and gardens.
Sarai and Lazlo were perfection. Sarai with her loving heart, so tormented by her dark gift, is a character who your heart will absolutely break over. And Lazlo with his dreams, his books, and his kindness is a character that you’ll fall in love with from the very beginning.
There are so many amazing characters in this book, I simply can’t list them all in this review, but I do want to mention the Godspawn. I loved each and every one of them. I adored the provocative Ruby, the studious Feral, the romantic Sparrow, and even Minya. Minya is actually such a complex anti-heroine, whose motivations are so perfectly detailed, that she might actually be my favorite of them all.
One thing that Laini Taylor seems to do really well in all of her books is explore the definition of the word “monster.” She so wonderfully demonstrates how society labels certain people, or groups of people, as bad. She also uses multiple POVs to show the side of those accused of being the “monsters.” If there is one thing that readers should contemplate after reading this book, I definitely feel that it should be how that applies to our world today.
This book is utter perfection. I cannot wait for the second book in this duology to be released, and in all honesty, I just cannot wait to read this book again.
This cover is almost as lovely as the book is itself. I love the color scheme, particularly the shade of blue that they’ve incorporated. I love that the moths have such a presence, as they play such a vital role in the story. And I also love that the cover is so shiny.
The romance in this book is absolutely breathtaking. I adored how it took place within and outside of the characters’ dreams. Laini is an expert of taking the star-crossed lovers trope and truly making it her own, and she certainly did so here. Lazlo Strange is such a sweet, intelligent, and interesting character. I absolutely adored everything about him. He is a booknerd’s dream book boyfriend!
This audiobook is narrated by Steve West, and he absolutely NAILED it. His tone of voice throughout really lends itself to the dreamlike tone of the text. The character voices are so well-done and really brought their personalities to life for me.
Hi there! I’m a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My ‘Dreamdark’ books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries — not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It’s creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called “Laini’s Ladies.”
Have you read Strange the Dreamer yet? What did you think of it? Have you read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series? Which is your favorite of Laini’s books?