Trigger warnings: Rape, violence, war, nightmares that involve blood, Death.
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?
Friends I honestly don’t know if I will do any of this review justice. This book is amazing and magically and just absolute perfection in every way. I will admit it is slow and it took me forever to get into but once it picked up and mystery after mystery kept coming at you I couldn’t stop reading.
Your MCs are Lazlo and Sarai.
Lazlo is a war orphan who grew up with monks and is now a librarian in Zosma. He Has studied the mysteries of Weep and is obsessed with knowing what happened to it. He is given the chance to go to Weep when Eril-Fane and others come through asking for Scholars to help them solve their problem in Weep. Lazlo does everything in his power to go and eventually gets the chance, but soon he will figure out that the problem is much bigger than him or the world.
The “mysteries of Weep” weren’t mysteries of Weep,
Lazlo thought. They were much bigger than this place.
Bigger than the world.
Sarai is a Godspawn. She is the daughter of the Goddess of Despair. She survived the Carnage and is up in the Citadel above the City, with five others. She has heard stories of the Gods being killed and seen the dreams of people in Weep and of everything the Gods did to them. She has felt and seen the hate that humans have for their kind. She wants so badly to just be one of them, even if that means giving up her gift. She dreams of peace and a beautiful picture of Weep. She just doesn’t know how to help the people of Weep get past all the hate and fear.
“You think good people can’t hate?” she asked.
“You think good people don’t kill?”
“Good people do all the things bad people do, Lazlo.
It’s just that when they do them,
they call it justice.”
I’m not gonna lie this book does have your typical fantasy romance in it. Boy meets Girl, they fall in love blah blah blah. While I loved Lazlo and Sarai’s story together Eril-Fane and Azareens story stuck out bigger for me, it felt more real in a way because they loved each other and been through so much pain and hurt. Like I said Sarai and Lazlo’s story, I think they are adorable. I just wanted more about Eril-Fane and Azareen. I won’t give away anything, but at the end, I teared up for poor Eril.
Out of all the characters Lazlo was my favorite. He was a book nerd after my own heart. No matter what he learned or did he also always tried to see the best in people and help them with no expectations of anything in return. The stories of all the libraries made me hella jealous, I wanted to go and see these forty-foot tall shelves.
“The library knows its own mind…
When it steals a boy, we let it keep him.”
As far as character development goes, Lazlo has the best growth I’ve ever seen through a book. You watch him go from a librarian thinking what can he do to someone incredible.
As for the other Godspawn I’m not gonna lie I hate Minya. She has trapped spirits of humans passed on the Citadel and has so much hate in her heart she honestly starts to mimic her father throughout the book and how evil she is. I truly hope her character grows in Muse of Nightmares cause right now I dislike her with a passion.
Ruby, Sparrow, and Feral I adore, I really wish they would have had more of a backbone against Minya. I’m gonna give a bit story away but Minya saved them during the carnage and it brought up a good point for me. Just because someone saves you or does something incredible for you, doesn’t mean you do anything and everything they say, much less go along with what they’re doing especially when they’re wrong in their actions.
Another aspect that I loved and what I thought was a really good point was Race. Race was a pretty good portion of the story since Sarai and the others are hiding from the humans, hoping they will never come up to the Citadel. The main point for me was how you can’t blame others for other peoples past actions. You can’t expect someone to answer to the consequences for what someone else has done.
“The World was Carnage.
You either suffered it or inflicted it.”
The writing in this book is so amazing even though it did take off slow and took me a bit to get into it. The pay off is so worth it though because this book is amazing in every way and I just don’t know how I’m going to continue 2019 with such a high standard. This was so unique and original. Taylor sucks you into this world and your just longing to know more.
Overall I don’t think I did this book any justice in this review. I will say if you have put off reading this for any reason to pick it up. Strange the Dreamer is a slow burn book but I promise you just keep reading. I hope you fall in love with this one just as I have.