Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?


Lazlo Strange is nothing but a librarian with an impossible dream – to discover the mysteries of the lost city of Weep. But it would take someone much bolder to pass through the deadly, vast desert, that no outsider has ever crossed – Elmuthaleth – to get to this forgotten, magical place. It would take someone more special than a simple librarian.

Whoa. I am in awe. Laini Taylor is really someone out of this world. Her writing style is pure art. It’s indescribably beautiful. I just can’t get enough of it.

Still, I am aware that this might be a big problem for some people. The language Taylor uses is incredibly flowery and poetic. But because of that this book is muuuuch longer than it could have been. But I am a person who gets really frustrated with books that are overly descriptive and somehow in this case I wasn’t bothered by that at all.

The characters in this book feel very, very real. I had absolutely no problem with understanding what motivated and drove them, what are their hopes and dreams. It made me feel very connected to them, which in turn made everything that happened to them feel much more… personal.

Lazlo is… I don’t even know how to describe him. But I would die for that boy in a heartbeat. He’s one of the best written character I have ever seen in a book.

So this book is slow. Like really, really slow. And if it doesn’t grab you in the first 100-150 pages I feel like you should consider DNFing it to save yourself the trouble. Because it’s going to be this slow for the entire time and if you don’t feel the chemistry and the connection to the characters, it’s kind of pointless.

That said, I think that this plot is very solid. I like the way this world was set up and explained. There is not a thing that doesn’t make sense to me.

This book is slow, but it’s very engaging and surprising. There were actually a few twists I didn’t expect at all. Even though they were foreshadowed VERY CLEARLY. Or maybe I just didn’t want to see them.

Still, it doesn’t matter how good this entire book is. The beginning has a very special place in my heart. It’s the part I like to go back to from time to time. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking, and feels so, so real. I love it.

My only complaint is that I feel like the romance took a little bit too much space in the second half of the book. I feel like it kind of overwhelmed the story. I loved it, but I feel like it could have been balanced better.

I love fast-paced books. I have no patience for those drawn-out stories. And still, somehow, I completely feel in love with this novel. It stole my heart. For me it was one of these books that makes you feel worried that you will never find anything as good again.

So even if you are a fan of action-packed stories I encourage you to give this one a shot. It’s really worth it.


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  1. Sometimes slow books get me down, but when it’s Strange the Dreamer or any other Laini Taylor book I’m glad for the slowness because it gives me time to savour the beauty of her writing and the rich worlds she creates. I still have yet to read Muse of Nightmares, but I know that when I do, it will be one of my favourites this year!

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    1. I feel the exact same way! I still have to read A Daughter of Smoke and Bone though. I read Muse of Nightmares and I have to tell you that I am very happy with that book. It’s a great conclusion to this story 😊

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      1. I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I need to re-read it at some point because it has been a couple of years and I’m a little hazy on books 2 and 3.

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    1. I loved the second book. Though honestly, I think that it was also pretty slow. Though in Laini’s books it’s not an issue for me at all. I feel like faster plot would ruin the overall mood of the story. I feel very satisfied with Muse of Nightmares but I can’t help but wish for more books 🙈


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