Saturday, October 20, 2018

Week 42 Reviews: Strange the Dreamer, Muse of Nightmares

From Goodreads:
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.

From Goodreads:
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice--save the woman he loves, or everyone else?--while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

My Review:
I absolutely loved reading these books! I'm also really glad that I waited till around the release date of Muse of Nightmares, because it meant I didn't have to wait after the evil ending of Strange the Dreamer, I could just go straight onto the next book!

As is Laini Taylor's style, this books are beautiful and they are mystifying. They're almost creepy, but not the ick factor, you know? Laslo is a dreamer, and he knows all about the City of Weep, well, what he can when most people don't really remember it exists.

The City of Weep, the mysteries surrounding it are the first book. The second book focuses more on the Mesarthim as well as the answers to the questions raised in the first book. It all comes together so well, but also a little heart-breaking-ly. So many ups and downs and joys and sorrows!

There was two big twists. One was about the POV set in a different world in the second book, and how it connects to what's going on. The second was more personal, but it made me see things in a different light. It was something of a gut-punch twist for me!

One thing that I absolutely loved? That this series is connected to her first series. Because of the whole tears in the world that the angels did. Yeah. This is an important part of the books, and leaves open the possibility of the two casts of characters meeting!

These books were absolutely wonderful and amazing and excellent and I can't wait to read more from Laini Taylor!

Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1, 2
Read: October 14th, 15th, 2018
Reason Why: Love her writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books and a WoW Books! And Muse of Nightmares is a End of Series 2018 Book!
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: March 28th 2017, October 2nd 2018

Strange the Dreamer:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Muse of Nightmares:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars


  1. I’m glad you liked them! I’m still on the world’s longest waitlist for the first book.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Oh, yes, I loved these books! And hopefully by now because of my lateness in replying, you've read the first book, because it's so excellent! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


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