Hey everyone! I don’t usually write reviews for sequels but I’m pretty sure most people are at least a little interested in this one 😉 As my most anticipated release of 2018, Muse of Nightmares had some huge expectations to live up to – and wow, did it deliver! I mean, I was fairly sure before I even got it that it would probably make my favourites of 2018 list – and I can confirm that it most certainly will!
Before we continue, I absolutely promise that my review will feature no spoilers at all for either Muse of Nightmares or Strange the Dreamer, but the below synopsis is a little spoiler-y for the first book so please use caution and skip ahead to my thoughts if you want!
And if anyone is interested, you can read my (again, spoiler-free) review for the first book here 🙂
What the book was about…
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.
What I thought of it…
This was an absolute joy to read. This is the kind of book that reminds me why I love reading so much. It completely transported me; I lost all sense of time while reading and just soaked up every gorgeous word.
Laini’s writing is the most stunning I’ve ever come across. There were sentences in this book that took my breath away; how anyone can create something so beautiful from combinations of the same 26 letters we all use astounds me. I could see everything playing out so vividly in my head – I would say I want them to make these books into movies but they would never be able to capture the exquisiteness of it all.
The character development in this book is absolutely phenomenal and if I thought I loved these characters in Strange the Dreamer, I have now adopted every one of them as family. They have my whole heart. I felt every emotion for them. I loved the way Laini explained their motivations and made even the ‘villains’ seem so human and relatable. That destructive hatred and need for vengeance has never been so understandable as it is here.
Muse of Nightmares was so satisfying in how it explained everything and answered the questions raised by the first book. The twists and turns made for an exhilarating ride. I also really love that, even though things were nicely tied up, it wasn’t too neat and the ending was left a little open. I’d love to see Laini write more books set in this world.
Oh, and the little Daughter of Smoke and Bone Easter egg was a delight. I loved it.
This was honestly one of the best books I’ve read in my life and that is not an exaggeration. I need more books set in this crazy wonderful world. Laini Taylor has topped my favourite authors list and I will buy anything she writes from now on, without even reading the blurb.
Ok, please tell me you’ve read this one! I need you all to flail with me in the comments section! x