Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

When Lazo Strange was five years old he discovered the mysterious city of Weep.  The original name was lost, suddenly vanishing from everyone’s memory. His obsession with Weep continues to grow as with his as he ages. Until an opportunity presents itself when warriors from Weep come to his city in search of master of their crafts. Lazo must take this chance so that he can see the city that he has dreamed of since he was a child. Lazo wants to learn why Weep suddenly cut themselves out from the world two hundred years ago. And why has the leader Weep – The Godslayer- seeking all of these people to solve a problem that he won’t even tell them about. Lazo thinks that all of his questions will be answered but he finds that he has more questions than answers.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor is a phenomenal novel, one of the best that I have read all year. I don’t often re-read books but this would be one that I would definitely consider doing so with. Taylor is lyrical, and shocking. The end of this novel will leave you reeling. It kept me awake because I kept thinking about it and in a way I’m glad that I waited so long to read it so that I don’t have to wait a year for the next one because Muse of Nightmares just released this month! (phew)

While it was a slow start Taylor manages to keep the reader interested while doing world building and plot set up. Her descriptions of environments and people are beautiful and often lyrical. Taylor also uses more complex descriptors that lead to a more clear image. Though she still allows for the imagination to take over and push these images farther.

I loved the romance in this novel. It did move a little too fast but it seemed reasonable for it too for two people who are particularly lonely. Their interactions are cute and definitely mirror how one feels the when they fall in love with someone. Their kissing and makeout scenes are descriptive but not erotic and this also goes for the sex scene between another set of characters. I appreciate this greatly as I don’t particularly enjoy reading eroctica or anything close to it in romance. It just isn’t my thing.

While I greatly enjoyed this novel, it is by no means perfect. There is a lull in the middle of the novel when they are on their way to Weep, which involved crossing a desert. Which, as it sounds, got a little one note. Taylor does save herself  by using this time to grow the comradery between Lazlo, the Tizerkane, and the Masters but it was one of the more difficult parts of the novel to get through. I’m also sad that Calixte basically disappears after they get to Weep. She is one of my favorite characters so I wish that she could have stuck around a little bit longer.

I can’t wait to start reading Muse of Nightmares! Also, I just want to say that I’m super jealous of UK for their hardcovers of these and yes I am going to use that cover for this review because I love it so so much. Also, go pick this novel up now if you like fantasy.

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