So, it’s unreal how late to the party I am with this one but I fiiinally read Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor this month! And it was every bit as amazing as I knew it would be. Before I start flailing, here’s what the book is about:-
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?
So this book sat on my shelf for MONTHS because I had built it up so much in my mind that I became intimidated by it and concerned it wouldn’t live up to the hype. But oh my goodness, I needn’t have worried. This book SLAYED me. Laini Taylor’s imagination knows no bounds. This is the weirdest, most original story and it gave me a serious book hangover.
As usual, Laini’s writing is STUNNING; her word choices and sentence formation are just on a higher level. I would usually be quite a fast reader but her descriptions actually made me slow right down and savour every word. I felt completely immersed in her wonderful world-building and lost many hours exploring Weep with Lazlo and Sarai.
Which brings me to the characters – holy heck. Some definite new favourites here. Lazlo is precious but also definite book boyfriend material. Sarai is one of the most complex and interesting characters in YA literature today. Even minor characters were fascinating and fully developed (Calixte was a particular favourite of mine, in a similar vein to Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series). The dialogue was realistic (something Taylor excels at) and the snark was present in abundance.
I cannot wait to see where the story goes from here, after that shocker of an ending! I am hardcore invested in these characters and this world.
All I can say is – keep doing what you’re doing, Laini Taylor. You’ve got a forever fan in me.
Anyone who has read this one, please leave me a comment and fangirl with me!