We have an exciting one today guys!
I’m pretty sure everyone has been fawning over photos of this book on twitter and instagram. I can’t blame them – 1. because I’m part of that crowd and 2. because this book has such a stunning cover.
But I was surprisingly sent an early copy of this book, so I have the pleasure of telling you guys whether this book is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside.
(Hint: look at the title of the post. Pretty big spoiler for the review there)
Let’s dive into Strange the Dreamer!
Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Series Status: The 1st in a duology
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 544
Release Date: 28th March 2017
(Found on Goodreads)
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.
*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
If you like stories about dreams, nightmares, gods, fantastical worlds, and don’t mind a few (hundred) moths thrown in the mix too, then you guys are going to love this one.
Admittedly, I didn’t think this was going to work for me at first. With this new world comes a whole new load of words and details to learn, which for the first 100 pages or so were a bit overwhelming to me. I sort of just floated through the story, not quite grasping what was going on. But…then it just clicked. And suddenly, I began loving it.
This book is just so rich in detail. I had absolutely no problems imagining this world and all its wonders. There were different cultures, different expectations, different histories, and once it all started coming together it was just incredible. I loved learning about all these different places and the people that lived in them, whether it was a main factor in the story or just a brief glimpse over.
The book picked up for me when you start learning about Sarai’s story. It was like nothing I’d heard before, and so I immediately wanted to know every single detail I could.
And let me tell you – you can tell that Laini Taylor wrote this. If you’ve read her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy (as of right now, I’ve only read the first book), then you’ll know she has that way of writing weird a wonderful worlds in a way that just hooks you. This has the same atmosphere. Nobody but Laini Taylor could have created this book, and I know so many of her fans will adore this book for it.
While I personally think this is a slow burning book, it definitely isn’t dull. It gives you time to soak everything in, and really appreciate the story. It’s the sort of book I really hope people will make fan art for, because there’s so much to go at. Hell, I’d try to make my own if I knew where to start.
I have high hopes for great fan art. I just know so many people are going to love this one.
Rated 4/5 stars!
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Are you planning on reading this book? Are you excited for it’s release?
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