Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little Brown
My Rating: 4.5 stars! ⭐️
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.
What. A. Book. This is one of those books where you are INSTANTLY captivated by the story. Usually it takes me awhile to finally get into a book, but not this one! By page 10 I was already obsessed with how stunning Laini Taylor’s writing was, and how she was able to introduce characters that you immediately took a liking for.
All I’m going to tell you, is that this book follows our main character Lazlo Strange who is such a passionate and kind soul, obsessed with this mythical lost city named Weep.
Lazlo Strange is a fantastic main character. There was something so real about him, probably due to the fact that he was so genuinely kind, and not hiding behind some ulterior motive. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book with a main character who is so different than others. Who is 100% genuinely good. Even though he didn’t possess any significant talent or expertise, he was a dreamer who wanted to come along for the ride.
I’ve read a lot of books with amazing character development, but this book steals the deal. Literally all the characters are so wonderfully complex and developed, from people like Eril-Fane and Lazlo. Strange the Dreamer is most definitely the best book I’ve read so far—solely for characterization. (And it’s only the first book!)
And the world. Oh jesus. Laini Taylor was able to create this STUNNINGLY gorgeous and lush world. (I could honestly keep going with these synonyms). It was so well written and so magical, that it felt like you were seeing the world with your eyes. I also love the ease of which she was able to switch to different character perspectives. It wasn’t abruptly thrown at you, but transitioned smoothly.
The reason I docked off half a star, was because I didn’t necessarily like how the romance started to shift to become the main focus of the book. It was foreseeable and scarce at some points in the book—those parts sitting well with me, but towards the end of the book, it felt like it engulfed the plot. It’s weird, because usually I LIVE for this particular subplot, but for this book I wanted more action/adventure versus the romance.
I definitely think this is one of those books that you should go into not knowing a lot about. This way it allows the story to unravel for itself, rather than you already knowing the basis behind the book beforehand. Also, take your time with this one! It’s a book where you should enjoy the brillant writing style and characters!
Thank you guys so much for reading! Let me know if you’ve read any other Laini Taylor book!