Author: Laini Taylor
Read: Apr. 2017
I so wanted to love this book. I only recently discovered Laini Taylor and loved her Daughter of Smoke & Bone series. Taylor has a beautiful writing style and Strange the Dreamer was definitely very well written, but the story didn’t draw me in the same way.
The plot sounded bizarre from the synopsis and was just as bizarre in reality. There are two stories being told in parallel and they both focus on the mythical city of Weep. 200 years ago Weep was cut off from the rest of the world and it’s name was collectively forgotten by the rest of humanity (they call it Weep for its lack of name). No one knows what happened or what powerful force could make everyone forget the city’s name.
Miles away, junior librarian Lazlo Strange is obsessed with the city of Weep and can’t believe it when the godslayer and his warriors show up and recruit Lazlo to join them in search of the lost city. In parallel to Lazlo’s story, we learn about a family of blue-skinned gods who secretly live above the city of Weep and discover how they came to be there and what role they had to play in the lost city.
I loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone from the first page, but I found Strange the Dreamer slow moving and I didn’t find the characters very captivating or care what happened to most of them. I did enjoy the plot between Lazlo and Nero and I’m interested to see what happens with them, but I had zero interest in the gods/monsters and I did not enjoy the romance part of this book.
It seems like most people are loving this story though, so it might just be a personal preference. I definitely can’t find any fault with Taylor’s writing and her prose was just as wonderful as always! Unfortunately for me though, the purple prose wasn’t enough to make up for how boring I found the story.