Laini Taylor’s recent trilogy, which began with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, was a terrific foray into fantasy fiction. So I grabbed this first in a new series with some interest. It’s always difficult to begin a new series, letting go of old characters who you might not feel quite finished with, and embracing a whole new world and storyline.. but Taylor has created yet another compelling fantasy world here.
Strange the Dreamer starts with two stories that soon become intertwined. Laszlo Strange (Strange being the name given to orphans or unclaimed children in his land) grows up in a terrible monastery before finding his first real home in a library. A lover of stories and fairytales, he makes a particular study of a land known only as ‘Weep’ – the real name being obscured by magic. So when citizens of Weep appear – he begs to go with them and make his dreams come true.
But Weep has many secrets… including a history of rebellion against evil Gods that threatens to arise as teenage Godspawn test out their powers high above the city. One has power over dreams…
This is a love story, an adventure and the start of something special. I loved the story, the characters and the symmetry of not one, but two Strange Dreamers in the novel. Clever plotting, intricate characters and overall a roaring tale. You’ll love it.