Wednesday, 26 April 2017

ARC Review: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Have you ever wanted to read a book that is so powerful, so engaging, that by the time you turn that last page and close the back cover, you're dizzy and restless? If so, then this is that book. Big thanks to Hodder for the ARC.

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.

Strange the Dreamer was a whirlwind of adventure and intrigue that left me grasping for more as it ended. A story of epic proportions combined with beautiful imagery, it was simply amazing. But then, what else did we expect from Laini Taylor?

Weep was a gorgeous setting for the story, and Laini described it in such a way that really made me feel like I was there. The imagery was so vivid and intense it was like watching it on the screen (but of course better) and it hooked me right to every single page. Laini's writing style is truly a gift.

Lazlo was an amazing hero and I really don't see how anyone could not root for him. A true dreamer, he has such a wonderful imagination that also really pulls you into the story, delivering a tale of hope and dreams, but also a tale of wonder and discovery as Lazlo finds out who he is and where he belongs. His strength and courage were unmatched and his desire to save those he cared for was inspiring. A true hero for the history books.

Sarai was my favourite character for so many reasons. Her strength and courage to were fierce but more so was her ability to love and to forgive. Her journey through the story brought tears to my eyes and I'm so excited to see where she goes and what happens next.

The other characters were also fabulous, each in their own way. Eril-Fane and Thyon especially were wonderful as warrior and nemesis, respectively, but what I loved was that they each had their own reasoning and motivation behind their actions, both of which could be understood and sympathized with.
The story as I say was a whirlwind, and I am so excited for the next book. I can scarcely wait. Strange the Dreamer is an epic 5* read and I really do urge everyone to pick it up if they get chance. I'm sure you won't regret it.

As always thanks for reading, and do feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

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