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Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

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Published: 28th March 2017
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Published: 28th March 2017
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A brand new, heart-stopping novel and the first in a thrilling duology from the much-loved author of the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy, Laini Taylor.

Strange The Dreamer is the story of:

  • The aftermath of a war between gods and men
  • A mysterious city stripped of its name
  • A mythic hero with blood on his hands
  • A young librarian with a singular dream
  • A girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
  • Alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.


Review by Sarah McDuling

Laini Taylor is one of my all time favourite authors. Her ability to weave beautiful stories set in intricate worlds and full of fantastical creatures is pure magic. Reading her books is always a decadent treat. The vivid imagery she uses paired with her beautiful prose and her wild imagination results in the kind of spellbinding storytelling that perfectly blends horror and fantasy, tragedy and romance, magic and violence.

Strange the Dreamer was an absolute pleasure to read. I did not want the book to end, and when I came to the last word on the last page, I gave an audible gasp of pained dismay.

Set in a world both familiar and strange, one that manages to evoke ancient civilisations and mythologies whilst still seeming completely alien, Strange the Dreamer introduces us to the city of Weep - a place that has been cursed by tragedy and lost its true name. This is the story of a boy called Lazlo Strange who lives in a library, and of a mysterious blue-skinned girl known as The Muse of Nightmares.

Strange the Dreamer is a dark fantasy brimming with raw emotion, vibrant descriptions and devastating heartbreak. It is many things at once; an adventure story about an underdog chasing his dreams, an epic tale of star-crossed love, the story of a tragic hero haunted by regret, and a city drowning in grief. This is a book full of gods, ghosts, nightmares, and secrets, set in a world where it is difficult to distinguish the line between heroes and villains.

Strange the Dreamer is exquisite in every way. I deeply loved every word of this gorgeous book and think that everyone should read it. Bound to delight fans of Laini Taylor, this is the perfect read for anyone who likes to feed their imagination on sumptuously sinful and richly flavoured desserts.

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Mental vacation... go pack your bags.

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Well Written

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    • Older Readers

    Comments about Strange the Dreamer:

    Since the end of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series I've been waiting for this book to be published, and it didn't disappoint. Laini Taylor's unique writing style and world building weave a mesmerising tale. Strange the Dreamer is like going on holidays and spending a month... at least a month... exploring some intriguing old city- all of its twisting lanes, interesting dusty old shops and small cafes (with maybe a couple of grandfathers in their favourite corner playing chess and arguing about football), rather than a package tour where you spend a couple of days, see the highlights and move on quick. It is not a slow read, but the complex layering made me want to slow down and appreciate the story, the characters and the richness in the language. My advice? Grab a mug of something warm, tell everyone to call you tomorrow (or the next day) and settle down for a journey of the mind.

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    In a magical world of warring gods and humans, an orphaned librarian hunts for a long-lost community * Grazia * Prepare to be enchanted. * The Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine * 5*s: This whimsical and diverse tale reads like a dream. One for you, your best friend, and any lover of myths and monsters you know. * Heat * The love between Lazlo and Sarai . . . is touching and well-drawn. You share Lazlo's dreams of the of the beautiful world from his stories, and Sarai's understanding of (and horror of) their actions, and genuinely hope for the pair of them. * SFX * Laini Taylor set my imagination on fire so hard that it spontaneously combusted . . . This is the kind of story that paves dreams. -- Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star Touched Queen A complex and layered world of battling gods and humans . . . Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next. * Publishers Weekly * [A] stunning, sensory feast of a novel . . . the story's plotting, emotional charge and sheer sensuality sweep the reader along with ever rising intensity. * Daily Mail *

    Laini Taylor

    Laini Taylor (born 1971) is an American young-adult fantasy author. She is best known for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.

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    ISBN: 9781444788976
    ISBN-10: 1444788973
    Audience: General
    For Ages: 12 - 18 years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 432
    Published: 28th March 2017
    Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 3.9
    Weight (kg): 0.66
    Edition Number: 1