Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
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.
I’m not a huge fantasy reader so there were parts of this book I struggled with. The main reason I picked it up is because I love the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and generally when I love an author’s work I’ll check out their other books too. I guess the difference between this book and DoSaB is that Strange the Dreamer is very much set within its own world, as many fantasy novels are, and personally I like that little link to reality in the books I read. But that’s just personal preference. The book itself was well written, as is standard for Laini Taylor. The beginning started off a bit slow but once Lazlo reached Weep and met Sarai things definitely picked up. The romantic themes were definitely comparable to DoSaB with the very much Romeo and Juliet relationship between Lazlo and Sarai. And I don’t think I’m spoiling it too much because you get a pretty strong sense what is going to happen as you’re reading. I’m still trying to decide whether I’m going to continue the series or not. I don’t know if this is a bit unfair but the ending suggests there is going to be a fair amount of hardship for the characters to go through in the next book, which puts me off a little I’ll be honest. I’d be really interested to see what the real fantasy fans thought though cause it could be just that this isn’t quite my genre.