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 to 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?
Strange the Dreamer is a unique, enchanting novel that has captured my heart; it is unlike anything I have read before and incredibly special. Laini Taylor has created an unimaginable, beautiful world full of dense fantasy; it has actually astounded me how she has managed to do this as some of the aspects in this novel are so unimaginable to me and it takes a truly gifted imagination to come up with such a beautiful, spell binding world!
Strange the Dreamer opens with our protagonist Lazlo, an orphan, librarian and a big dreamer who dreams of a world he is not supposed to dream off. When Lazlo was a young boy the name of a lost, mythical city was stolen from the worlds minds however a part of it still remains in his and he cant shake the feeling that he once knew the unseen city’s real name but the word which he can only think of is Weep and every time he struggles to remember its true name that is all he hears. Lazlo is obsessed with discovering what happened and so spends his adult life researching the city and trying desperately to find out anything about it and to hopefully one day, visit the city himself…
The story of Strange the Dreamer is unique and plot engaging, riveting and addicting and frankly nothing short of phenomenal. The world of ‘Weep’ itself is unlike anything I have ever read and beyond enchanting. I am being so careful not to spoil this novel for you lovely readers, that is why I have kept my synopsis above so short but what I can tell you is that we have libraries filled with books upon books, a mysterious city with an even more mysterious water source, mythical armies, demons and angels and magic…lots of magic! Although this story does mainly focus on the city of ‘Weep’ it does not limit itself to that alone but rather the plot is crafted so beautifully that it suggests magnitude beyond that focus. It is a beautifully crafted world which is teeming with science and magic galore.
The writing alone by Taylor is magical and dreamy and creates a feeling and atmosphere that convinces you you’ve been transported to another world and this is what you want in a fantasy author. At some points in this novel the writing was so beautiful and poetic that I had to take a pause and process the beauty I had just read. Taylors writing has a timeless fairy tale quality and at points it was just too perfect…seriously, how can a writer be this good! The prose made me want to savour every single word and page as the story hooked me from page one and in turn made me want to race through it. At a period in this novel I was frantic and needed to finish it so badly that I raced through the pages desperate to find out what was going to happen so I really applaud Taylor for doing this to me because this is very hard to make me act this way!
Laini Taylor has created a magical world but she has also created some magical, enchanting characters. I really appreciated from the first page Taylors intense degree of characterisation; it formed a brilliant picture for each character in my mind whilst I read and this was certainly the case for our two main characters Lazlo and Sarai.
Lazlo is a lovely man and a tender-hearted librarian who cant help but be consumed by his whimsical imagination. It is hard to talk about Lazlo without talking about Sarai at the same time as her relationship with Lazlo is both essential to the progression of the plot but also the progression of Lazlo as a man. Sarai is a solemn and intelligent godspawn. She is a woman who is woven from the material of conflict, and light and darkness spun into one. She is a conflicted character and is at war with her own compassion and feelings. In my opinion Lazlo and Sarai are just beautiful together and their love for each other gleams of the page. It is sweet and innocent all whilst being intense and emotional at the same time.
To summarise my thoughts on Strange the Dreamer I would say if you are a fan of the fantasy genre then this novel is made for you because it really doesn’t get much better than this! It has rich world building and has a wonderfully conceived story of gods, goddesses, ghosts, magic, romance, secrets and guilt’s all whilst their is an old tale lurking deep underneath which all makes for the perfect fantasy read! This magical novel gets Four Stars from me!
Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much. I think I am late to the party with reading and reviewing this novel but hey better late than never right! If you have read this novel then please do comment below and tell me all those wonderful thoughts of yours. If you have not then please do let me know if you could see yourself reading it. Also I would love to know if any of you love the fantasy genre! Thank you so much again for reading!
Goodbye for now book lovers,
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P.P.S. For the people who have read this novel is this considered Young Adult? I have no idea!