Review: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

strange the dreamer

Release Date: March 28th 2017.

Publisher: Hachette Australia.

Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.



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.


My Thoughts:

Laini Taylor’s scope of imagination never ceases to amaze me. This book. Taylor has weaved a fascinating and intricate story. I fell in and got swept into the story and never wanted to leave.

Strange is an orphan boy and has been called a dreamer his whole life. He always has his head in the clouds. He grows and ends up working in the library, where he is sure he will spend the rest of his days. But it suits him well for he always has his nose in a book. He is obsessed with the magical, far off place called Weep. A lost city he feels a connection with.

When the Godslayer and his band of legendary warriors from Weep come seeking knowledge and the people who carry it to take back to weep, Strange cannot let the opportunity pass. He is but a nothing Librarian, so they won’t even let him speak to the Godslayer, so he has to prove for himself his value and he uses his knowledge of Weep to grant him passage.

There is a mystery in Weep the warriors need help with, one they won’t talk about until they reach Weep. What could this mystery be? Strange can only dream.
What they find will change everyone and everything, Strange most of all.
There is magic and monsters, gods, goddesses and god slayers. But underlying everything is the question of who the real monsters are in the world.

This was so achingly romantic and utterly magical. Taylor has created a world so real you can easily forget that it isn’t. She will play with your emotions, tear you apart and leave you gasping with her storyteller skills. The end of the blurb finishes with ‘Welcome to Weep.’ It should be ‘Prepare to weep.’

I am so glad there is going to be another book; this was originally going to be a standalone. I just wish I didn’t have to wait for it. I need to know how this story ends now.
If you loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, you will love this. If you are discovering Taylor for the first time, you will love this. Fantasy, romance and beautiful prose. It is everything I could every ask for. I highly recommend it.


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One thought on “Review: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

  1. Ahh so glad to hear that this book has completely moved you Rochelle! I’m just about to pick it up and dive into this stunning world. Taylor never ceases to amaze me with her writing. I can’t wait to fall in love with this book!

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