Strange The Dreamer Review

In a continuation of my Laini-Taylor-A-Thon, I am starting on the Strange the Dreamer duology. I have wanted them since I saw the American covers. They are to die for, and I finally got my own copy (of the worse but still great British cover) at YALC and had to read them immediately.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor



Since he was five years old, Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mythical lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to go 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.


I thought that this book was a bit lacking compared to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books. The characters, while interesting lacked a sense of specialness or uniqueness that justifies them being the focus of the story. For quite a while, they are not special, and provide no reason why we should be following them and not the person two steps to the left.

The Library knows its own mind.

For Lazlo, I felt that it took a fare while for him to have something worth reading about. While I did love his time in the library, and his passion for books, I didn’t understand why his was there, and what the point of this story was. Given that we had scenes with Sarai in between, it was obvious that the two would meet, but on his own, Lazlo had no progression or ability to fulfil his dreams. Why were we following him and not another war orphan at the monastery?

Welcome to purgatory. Care for some soup?

As for Sarai, it was unsure for a long time not only what she had to do with the plot, but why we were following her and not any of the other Godspawn. While it does become apparent, towards the middle, I did feel that this wait was unnecessarily long, and felt that it would have been better if she had been introduced later in the book.

The more dark parts, the more you laugh. With, defiance, with abandon, with hysteria, any way you can.

The plot of this book seemed to be a little slow. There is a lot of character development in this book, with little happening. I often felt that some of the other characters like Tyon Nero would be more interesting to follow rather than Lazlo.

Good people do all the things bad people do, Lazlo. It’s just that when they do them, they call it justice.

Overall, I feel like this book lacked the pow of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and for me that deeply affected how I felt about this book. I felt that everything was less exciting, and a little bit duller. I am not sure I would have picked up her other books, if I had read this one first.

4 stars

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