Strange the Dreamer | 5 star review
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
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 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?
Welcome to Weep.
I love the whimsical way that Laini Taylor creates a story and I genuinely think she has out done herself with Strange the Dreamer. With a plot rich with conflict and characters that could each have their own stand-a-lone story it’s hard to see why anyone would fight picking this book up.
I have to say the mythology and concept that was woven through this book was outstanding and SO well put together. I enjoyed reading and learning about every aspect. There is so much detail and the story and the mythology fall together seamlessly. It was so tough being torn between two story lines and wanting to know more about one part and then switching to the others.
I think the whole idea behind the travelling party was such a great idea, I don’t want to ruin any of it for anyone but the whole part of that story was a joy to read about. Especially learning about the different characters and the way they intended on working together.
Then you have the completely new stories with the Gods and Goddesses. I think this was my favourite bit, learning about all the different talents and the meanings of their different nicknames. I just think the whole way everything was set out and described was something special and something that was completely unique!
My favourite character in Strange the Dreamer would have to be Lazlo. His determination and the way he was so methodically about his research. He never gave up on the hope or the dream of seeing Weep. I just really loved his attitude towards everything and everyone, he was the only one who didn’t take the whole trip for granted and really appreciated the opportunity he had.
My least favourite character in Strange the Dreamer is definitely Thyron Nero, he made me so so angry. The way he treats the people around him and takes them all for granted. Plus I just hated the way he took credit for everything publicly but didn’t think to acknowledge anything outside of that. It was hard reading such an unlikable character.
I would recommend Strange the Dreamer to anyone who enjoys fantasy but also loves where the mythology is made up from scratch. This book is definitely a lovely addition to the shelves. It’s one of my favourites.
Have you read any of Laini Taylor’s work? How does Strange the Dreamer rank compared to the others. Let me know in the comments!