Monday, 5 February 2018

Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Name: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date Published: 2017
Rating: 5/5

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.
- From Goodreads.

I had such high expectations for this book because it looked beautiful and it sounded incredible and I couldn't stop myself from having high expectations, and the brilliant thing is it met and exceeded all of them. Every moment was amazing and I adored it all.
The language was exquisite, the descriptions of feelings, people, the landscape, the witty, intriguing dialogue between the characters, all of it was captivating.
As was the imagination that could be found in the book, the whole idea of the world and its history. It was everything that I love about fantasy, it looked at the potential of the genre and flew away with it. Reading this book was like having the most magical, well-plotted, intense dream.
I would apologise for the fact that this review is really just me praising this book, but I'm not really sorry because I have absolutely fallen in love with the whole thing.
Lazlo and Sarai were the most wonderful, compelling, kindhearted characters and I really, really need to know what happens to them next. The ending ruined me. I need the sequel.

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