Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published: March 28th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5/5 stars ★★★★★
“Like nightmares, dreams were insidious things, and didn’t like being locked away.”
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.
5 of 5 stars to Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Nothing else in the world have felt quite so magical like reading “Strange, the Dreamer.” From the gold and opal book cover, the beautifully constructed sentences, and the artful use of words and characters, the book wholly embodied what the word, “magic,” means.
The experience can be likened to a long scenic drive. The first few minutes, all you see are trees and the skyㅡbeautifulㅡbut nothing really spectacular. A few hours more and you get nearer to your destination. The scenes change, becoming more vivid and intense. There is the beach and the tall ferris wheel of the amusement park peeking from above the tree lines, the mountains, cattle grazing, the lake, everything is amazing. And finally there goes your cabin but plot twist–it’s grimey and sparse, not at all what you were expecting. Getting to know the characters was a joy because you never really know–are they friend or foe? There was so much hype and suspense over the city of Weep and it was indeed the strangest thing.
The story started out so simple–an orphan boy looking for a place in the world–and evolved to become the most fascinating tale of dreams and dreamers. The story was the most decadent slow burn to come my way. It was so detailed but it was never boring. It’s a new world but I can picture it so vividly in my mind. The strange terms threw me off in the beginning but eventually got used to it.
I feel like I’m going in circles here but I want to give a review without dropping spoilers so I’m just going to talk about the characters..
Sarai. The blue girl who wanted nothing to do with her dark powers. There was so much talk about how she hated her gift because it was evil and I kept wondering, “what could be the most vile power in the world that this girl thought she could be the spawn of lucifer?” I still don’t know the answer but trust me, this girl’s gift is far from it and actually, her power isn’t all that bad. She was just used to thinking she could only do bad things. Strangely, I don’t really have feelings for Sarai. I’m not indifferent to her. I’m just also, say, not all that attached to her.
Lazlo Strange. Trusty librarian. His hunger for knowledge is something that I can relate with. His true identity didn’t really come as a surprise anymore. There were so many hints halfway into the book. His first meeting with Sarai is just the cutest!
Sparrow. Just a side character that I sympathized with. She has the kindest soul albeit naive. She reminds me of my younger self. I wish the author has something more in store for her. Say a romance with Thyon Nero. (Laini Taylor are you seeing this? I know you’re probably done with the book by now but give this girl a happy ending, please!)
Can’t wait for September!
**cover art: 5/5 stars. YA Fantasy tend to have beautiful covers. This one definitely makes the mark.
**models in my character editions: Daria Milky and Roy Van Leeuwen