Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor *Spoiler-Free

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Release Date: 28th March 2017

Genre: Fantasy & Young Adult

Read: 13th August 2017 – 3rd October 2017

Rating: ★★★

All I can say in a quick summary is that even though majority of the aspects in this book I enjoyed immensely, in the end I felt quite disappointed with this book. You know when you read a book that is so hyped up and loved by majority of the bookworms out there and then end up being disappointed by it you start to question – did I read it wrong? What made people love this book so much? I understand why people loved it so much: the writing is so beautifully constructed and almost poetic, the characters, especially Lazlo, so likeable, and the world so magical. Yet, for me the slow pace nearly killed me. I know, over-exaggerate much but I didn’t actually think I was going to finish this book any time soon until I picked up the last 30% as an audiobook. Okay, I will get into the brief description of the book for those that do not know what it is about and then I will dive some more into my thoughts on it.

Brief Description:
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 to 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?

As you can see from the description/synopsis of the book it really does sound enticing and exciting. I was ready to dive on this epic adventure of Lazlo finding out these mystical secrets of Weep and I really thought there was going to be so much action and suspense, however this is not what I found. I did find very well-developed writing, which is perfect for aspiring writers, and amazingly developed characters, especially Lazlo, like the character development he undergoes is phenomenal! However, the story once we left the kingdom of Zosma dragged out so much for me, which is why it took me so long to read. A lot of the times I found myself loosing focus whilst reading, which doesn’t happen often and once I put the book down I didn’t want to pick it back up. I know it is really saddening that I was not one the many readers that adored this book and I don’t think I will be picking up the sequel. Even though I have fallen in love with Lazlo’s character from the very beginning of Strange the Dreamer till the very end, I do not have this urge to find out what happens next.
If you do follow me on Twitter then you probably would have seen my tweet about the ending of the book, I did find it shocking and unexpected, however I was not brought to tears like so many others.

What bugged me a lot is the romance in this novel, I just did not understand it. For me it felt very forced like the writer felt forced to include one just for the sake of it, it would have been much better if there was no romance at all and just friendship.

Overall, I am very glad I have completed this novel as I had the pleasure of reading such poetic writing with an amazing protagonist that I feel in love with from the very first page. But unfortunately, even though I did find the overall story okay, it was just not for me. If you are a reader who loves beautifully structured sentences and chapters then definitely do pick this novel up as you will probably not be disappointed, however if you are look for action and a fast-paced story then in my opinion this might not be the story for you.

Hope you enjoyed reading my short review of Strange the Dreamer and I will see you in my next post 🙂


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