Mini-Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Posted August 27, 2017 by Minx

Mini-Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Genres: Fantasy
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 532
ISBN: 0316341681
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository Google Play Kobo
Minx's Rating:

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 is an amazingly written book! If ever anyone needs an example of descriptive writing, this book is going to be my answer, every time. I am a fan of descriptive writing, I love to see the world, feel it, know it, but even for me this story was a bit much. As much as I appreciate that the author could describe the lighting of a single match, to read an entire book where every little thing is described….a bit much.

I read this book for a book of the month read-a-along and it has been nineteen days since I started this book. In nineteen days I did not one time need to pick this book back up. When I did, it was because it was a read-a-long, I enjoyed the story but there was nothing drawing me back. Nothing that made me feel like I had to get back to it. I enjoyed the characters immensely, the world that was created -wow. I mean everything was wow and aaahhh and ooohhh but slow to unfurl.

So in the end I am conflicted how to rate this story. It is utterly amazing and brilliantly written but was for me it was a slow read. So for Lazlo himself I had to give it three stars. For Sarai another 1/2 star and for Minya, oh how I hate thee, another 1/2 star. My advice would be if you enjoy descriptive writing or you are an aspiring writer yourself this is a must read. If you prefer fast-paced writing with plot points that spin the action in a whole new direction then this story may not be for you.


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