Book Review: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor



StrangeTheDreamer cover copyThe 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?


Now where do I start?

It took me more than a week to finish this book. I thought that I was just having a reading slump, but turns out that this book was a very hard read for me. I had a lot of issues about it, but maybe it’s that it’s-not-the-book-it’s-me moments.

First, I am not a fan of slow-paced books. For a fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer’s pacing was slow. I usually get hooked on the first 100 pages, but this book got interesting when it came to part three (300+ pages into the book). I get that Taylor took her time to establish the character and Weep on the first two parts, but that took up half of the book.

Second, a lot of characters were introduced but only few were remarkable. It really felt like they’re just accessories to the story. It’s hard to keep track of these characters especially when they’re not that significant.

Third, the story was all over the place. Again, it personally sparked my interest after 300 pages. Before that, the story was a lot to take in and I really got confused.

To be fair, this was the first book I read from Laini Taylor, and I wouldn’t sum up her writing prowess just because of Strange the Dreamer. I’m still excited to read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy because I heard good reviews about it.

However, my theories turned out right when I closed the book. I wouldn’t call the story predictable, but the last chapters did pump up the pace and offered a great cliffhanger.

Would I read the second book? Yes, I would still give it a shot.





Laini Taylor is the author of the Dreamdark books: BLACKBRINGER, which Kirkus said “belongs at the top of everyone’s fantasy must-read list,” and its sequel, SILKSINGER. She is also the creator of the Laini’s Ladies line of gifts and stationery. You can learn more about her art, writing, animal claw collection, and love of bizarre creatures and phenomena on her website. She lives with her husband, Jim Di Bartolo, in a yellow cottage in Portland, Oregon.

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