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.