Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017
Source:Copy provided by publisher for review
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A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.
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?
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.
Confession time! This is my very first Laini Taylor book. I know, I know, but if it helps, I can promise it will not be my last? Can we live with that? Great. Let’s talk about this loveliness, shall we?
I really don’t know where to begin with this book, since I know that so many people are anticipating it. So I will tell you my only downside I experienced while reading this book: I had a bit of trouble getting started. The beginning starts off slowly, and I wasn’t hooked immediately. But I soon was, and when I was in, I was all in.
So why did I love this book? Let’s talk about it!
- The writing was undeniably gorgeous from start to finish. Laini Taylor writes in such a lyrical and captivating way that I could not help but be pulled into the story. But here’s the thing: it isn’t just beautiful prose for the sake of beautiful prose. Every word meant something, and that made it all the more special.
- I positively loved the characters. This is Lazlo’s story, yes, but Sarai stole the show on many occasions. And I adored Lazlo, but at times, I adored Sarai more. But does it even matter? Because the point is, they are fabulous. And the cast of secondary characters is no less great. They were all so very complex and fleshed out and really brought so much to the story. The interactions between the characters were incredible as well. The rapport Lazlo had with a lot of the people he encountered on his journeys added so much to the story. There was banter, and wittiness, and it was a great way to showcase the very best of Lazlo’s personality. And Sarai’s story just completely captured my interest from the moment she was introduced.
- The romance was super slow burning, but also incredibly swoon-worthy. It’s complicated, and it is unsure, and it is just everything that a really great romance should be. I can’t say much more, other than I am a fan, so we’ll leave it at that.
- The plot was incredibly complex, and there was a lot I did not see coming. There were plot points that had me cheering, some that had me horrified, some that had me in tears, and some that had me holding back laughter. My emotions ran the gamut in this book, and I loved that.
- While the world building was incredible, it also kept a lot of room open to learn new things in the next book. I think it was a great balance between the reader being familiarized with the world, and knowing just as much as they needed to know to be comfortable reading, and mysteries that will undoubtedly unravel as the story goes on. The atmosphere fit the story completely, too, and was woven into the plot so, so well.
Will I Read The Sequel? Um, YES. Can someone just give it to me now? Please and thank you? Splendid.
Bottom Line: I was originally going to go with 4.5 stars, because of the trouble I had in the beginning. But you know what? It is too good to even deduct the half star. So just know that it starts a little slow, but that it ends up being worth that little bit of slowness. Because it is truly a phenomenal story with amazing characters. It’s wildly imaginative, unique, and written in the loveliest of ways. Absolutely met- no, surpassed- my expectations.