Book Review, Fiction

Review: Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer Book Cover Strange the Dreamer
Laini Taylor
Fantasy fiction
Hodder & Stoughton
March 28, 2017
544

 

"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 to 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?"  - Goodreads


Strange the Dreamer was recommended to me a few times, but I still did not know what to expect. I was completely blown away.

Imagine if Disney’s Atlantis was made by Studio Ghibli and they were given notes by Salvador Dali.

It’s magical epic-fantasy surrealism.  With vivid imagery and flowing prose, Taylor creates a world ready for daring explorers and dreamers. It’s laced with thorny moral dilemmas and very dark undertones.

Strange shares many themes with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Love at first sight, existence beyond death and that being a monster is in the eye of the beholder.

It’s hard to say more about this book without giving away mayor spoilers and I think reading it without knowing too much will make the surprise even better.


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