Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: 28 March 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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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.
I borrowed this book from my cousin almost 6 months ago and I’m so disappointed I haven’t gotten to it until now. It was such an amazing read!
Laini Taylor’s writing style is pretty close to what I would consider ideal, an almost perfect blend of description and dialogue. Every once in a while it would get description heavy but it never felt out of place or like it was filler. Rather, every piece that Laini offered to us as readers fit into this intricate world that she built.
And I have to say, the world was intense and beautiful. Everything from Weep itself to the lands that Lazlo lived in before traveling to Weep. She didn’t focus on Weep alone, every place that Lazlo visited was intricately described and had a place. It’s some of the best world building I’ve seen in a single novel. While there is still some mystery shrouding the history of Weep, the portions that were critical to the continuation of the plot were revealed in interesting and thorough ways.