REVIEW: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

Author: Laini Taylor 

Genre: Fantasy 

Series: Strange the Dreamer #1

Pages: Hardcover, 536 pages

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: March 28th, 2017.


” ‘You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,’ she pleaded. ‘Something beautiful and full of monsters.’

‘Beautiful and full of monsters?’

‘All the best stories are.’ “

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?

Welcome to Weep.

I read this book thinking it was a standalone. Imagine my sadness and horror when I realised the story isn’t complete!!!😭😭😭

The writing style of this book is so beautiful. I usually like purple prose in small amounts but this book was full of purple prose and I absolutely loved it!

The story started with a prologue; the death of a blue girl and it was written in such a way that I wanted to read more.

On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.

Her skin was blue, her blood was red.

Who wouldn’t want to read on after this? Definitely not me. I didn’t understand the prologue (first two pages) but unlike a lot of books, it didn’t make me groan in confusion. No, it made me want to read more and that, my dears, is the hallmark of an interesting novel.

The main character, Lazlo was such a wonderful guy. So nice and pure of heart. He could also be funny sometimes. He was also a dreamer; a trait which was not encouraged either in the monastery where he was raised or in the library where he spent much of his older life. However, it didn’t deter him from reading on Weep–a city which he called the Unseen City; a city whose real name had been erased from history and which had been forgotten for centuries. 

His knowledge allowed him to visit the city he had read about with such fervour and his adventure started with his journey.

The blue girl in the prologue is another main character and her story was quite confusing at first but I finally understood it with a bit of patience. I can’t say much about her because I don’t want to spoil the book but she was lovely.

Thyon was another main character but I really disliked him. I should have pitied him (because of his backstory) but I hate what he did. He kinda got better later but I didn’t have a lot of love towards him.

The end of this book made me nearly cry. I even went through a frantic search for the second book before realising this was published in 2017. I hope the next book is published this year.

Recommend? Yes! I read this book at once. Over 400 pages in one sitting. That’s how good this book is.
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12 thoughts on “REVIEW: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

  1. alexandrareads says:

    I haven’t had the chance to get the book yet but I have heard nothing but praise for the book. I am defiantly going to get it when I can. I love your review and how in depth you went into everything with out spoiling anything. Have a great day 🙂

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