Title: Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date Started: October 4, 2018
Date Finished: October 21, 2018
I have been an emotional wreck over the past few days, and this is in no small part due to the genius of Laini Taylor. I have been eagerly anticipating the sequel and conclusion to the Strange the Dreamer duology, and now I am near distraught at the thought that it is done. I can’t remember the last time I have felt so fulfilled yet so lost after completing a book and can squarely say this book has earned its place as one of my favorite books of all time.
Strange the Dreamer left off on a bit of a shock, and Muse picks up moments later (don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book, I will do my best not to spoil anything, because you deserve to read Strange untainted). While the story of Strange was moved along by events throughout a journey and was primarily focused on Lazlo, to my delight I found Muse to be more strongly focused on character and world development with a focus on Sarai.
What I found unique to this series, particularly for a YA novel, was the distinct lack of a true antagonist. All characters possessed a spectrum of characteristics, and their motivations were compelling and believable, which made each and every character someone the reader could connect with. And the character growth and depth! Some of the side characters from the first novel came into stunning bloom in the book (I never thought I’d be so excited to read about the self-centered, arrogant Thyon!!). Additionally, we are introduced to two new characters, Nova and Kora whose mysterious connections to the blue gods hinted at the greater lore behind the story.
Each and every question raised throughout this series was answered within the pages of Muse, thank goodness! And might I add that the answers were exceedingly gratifying and awe-inspiring. The world that Laini Taylor created is a masterpiece.
As I mentioned, after I finished reading this book, I felt so lost. All I have been able to think about the last few days is how much I wish there was more to read in the world of Weep, with Lazlo and Sarai and all of the rest. Throughout the pages I cried, laughed, and longed for what could be. I truly hope this isn’t the last we see of the Dreamer and his Muse. Now, if you excuse me, I think I’m going to go read these books again….
Overall, 5/5 moose