Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Date Started: April 13, 2017
Date Finished: April 29, 2017
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor was one of my most anticipated reads for this year. I was blown away by Taylor’s writing style when I stumbled upon the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy last year (if you enjoy YA and fantasy, I HIGHLY recommend), and couldn’t wait to see what she had in store for readers this time around.
Lazlo Strange is a librarian, who has been chosen by a dream. When he was little, a city of folklore and mystery had its name forgotten, only to be replaced by the name of “Weep.” It is his dream to find the city, and to solve its mysteries. At the same time, this is also a story about Sarai, a young woman who has lived her life in exile. Their paths lead them on a journey with magic, legends, romance (but not too much), tragedy, and everything else you could hope for in a book.
Taylor has a way of writing that you seldom see in YA literature. Her words themselves are magic. They are beautiful. And her imagination. I love her imagination. She creates such unique worlds with legends and history that are rich and compelling, and all the while challenging you on defining what a monster is, and the lines between right and wrong.
While this novel was a little slow, it is the first of two in a series. I have a feeling that the second one is where all of the action will take place, but the spell has been cast in this one. Sure to delight any fantasy reader.
Overall, 4/5 moose