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Strange the Dreamer Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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"Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "...Characters are carefully, exquisitely crafted, the writing is achingly lovely, and the world is utterly real...This is a thing to be savored."―Booklist, starred review
* "[Strange the Dreamer] has all the rich, evocative imagery and complex world-building typical of Taylor's best work. This outstanding fantasy is a must-purchase for all YA collections."―School Library Journal, starred review
"[Laini Taylor] has spun another mesmerizing tale with captivating twists and turns, an array of intriguing characters, strange and beautiful language, and baroque flourishes of the imagination."―Horn Book
"Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling."―Kirkus Reviews
* "The luxurious prose and complex world building invites and rewards slow reading....Here readers will find characters to love and ones to hate and, ultimately, a world to be willingly lost in."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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A foundling librarian who is bewitched by a mythical place only found in books
A fabled city whose true name has been stolen
A blue-skinned, flame-haired Muse of Nightmares
An ongoing war between humans and gods
Bottom line to Taylor fans breathlessly awaiting a verdict: Prepare to fall in love with Lazlo Strange and the Unseen City of Weep. Prepare for your heart to swell with wonder at all the unique and unforgettable magic that Taylor has conjured and also for it to break because of an impossible, star-crossed love. Then break once again because you have to wait for the next book to find out what happens next...
“’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.”
I picked up her last series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, after hearing so much about it; I was hooked. This latest series, Strange the Dreamer, is absolutely bewitching and reminds me how amazing Taylor is.
A humble librarian, a lonely daydreamer, his nose broken by fairytales and constantly in a book, Lazlo is finally able to fulfill his lifelong dream: to visit the city of Weep, a place not heard from in two centuries. His imagination stoked by stories told by a cranky monk, Lazlo envisions a city of beauty with breathtaking blue skies, children dancing in the streets, cakes in windows to share, and women with hair trailing behind them and carried by birds. When a caravan of men and women astride exquisite creatures only found in the city of Weep arrive in the kingdom of Zosma, Lazlo is over the moon. They need help with an undisclosed problem and they need outsiders. When he is allowed to travel back to Weep in the company of a great man known as the Godslayer, the reader is intrigued. What could a retinue of warriors led by the Godslayer possibly need from outsiders?
The answer is staggering.
The story is told mostly from the perspective of two main characters, Lazlo and a girl with blue skin named Sarai. Their story, their connection, their relationship is the most enchanting, and unusual, you will ever read. I cannot describe how unusual without giving away the most bewitching part of the book. The creative genius of Taylor positively shines here.
Of course, the world of Weep, while still amazing, is not perfect; it’s complex and layered and flawed. Its people are fallible. Their motivations and actions are not always wrong or right. An egregious act might have justification. A sacrifice might not always be triggered by compassion. These are people and if they were perfect they would be boring and implausible.
The people. Oh, how I love the people in this book. Lazlo is the sweetest, the most humble; a thoroughly charming man full of dreams. His hearts (not a typo) captured my own and I love that he is not physically beautiful but spiritually so. Sarai is heartbreaking and her story is haunting and powerful. Sarai’s kindred spirits are sparkling, thorny, amusing and bitter. The Godslayer is complicated; his life is not imperfect. There are no ideal people in the city of Weep.
From cakes made of flowers to a tea party in the shallows of a river to flying creatures made of metal to dreams within dreams, every detail is imaginative, creative, and intoxicating. But if I had to choose one word to describe this book, this story, these people, this world, I would say ‘magical’; nothing short of magical. And after reading the end of this first book in a two part series I can easily say I cannot wait for the next book because Laini Taylor left the door to Weep wide open with not a cliff-hanger but a story changer. A wonderful, terrible, magical, beautiful, bittersweet story changer.
I cannot recommend this book enough.
Strange the Dreamer is about a boy who was named Lazlo Strange when he was brought to an orphanage. It wasn’t his real name, that name was forgotten. And that is what piqued his interest about the unseen city, because one day he knew the name of the city and the next it was forgotten. Snatched from his memory and in its place the name Weep. But he knew the unseen city name wasn’t always Weep and he made his life goal to figure out all about Weep.
This is such an interesting story; I have never read anything like it before. The characters are interesting in what they can accomplish and overcome. This book hooks you in with the prologue about a blue girl and then nothing about this blue girl for pages and pages and you wonder what does this blue girl have to do with the rest of this book? But when it is the blue girls turn to tell her story the book just get even better!
I can't say much about this book without giving spoilers. This book is wrapped very tightly and if I say one thing all the mysteries of the book begin to unravel. But I highly recommend this book, it is so good it is hard to put down! And the ending! I can't wait for what is to come. There are questions left to be answered at the end of the book.
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