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Strange the Dreamer : The enchanting international bestseller - Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer

The enchanting international bestseller

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Published: 28th March 2017
For Ages: 12 - 18 years old
Format: ePUB

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.


Dream Believer


I am a young adult novel enthusiast, but I really loved this one! Liani once again casts her spell and pulls you into another world, that you don't want to leave. I can't wait for the next book in this series. It feels like it will be a long wait.



Mental vacation... go pack your bags.


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.



Strange the Dreamer

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Plunges us into a world of beauty and horror... intricately plotted... it's a book that flies between worlds on blood-tipped wings and grips like a magical vice. - Daily Mail

Taylor's dazzling writing and skill at creating suspense are strong as ever; fantasy lovers will gobble up this book with satisfaction. - Publisher's Weekly

Fantasy and romance combine. . . If you've ever wondered what would happen if an angel and a devil fell in love, you're about to find out. - Sunday Express

This is Romeo and Juliet on a sprawling fantasy stage. - Guardian

I read Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor . . . I'm all fired up about it. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for a thrilling couple of days. I am in your debt. (Warning readers: this is one of those series that will have you tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next installment. Be prepared.) - Stephenie Meyer

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
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1