Muse of Nightmares
by Laini Taylor
Book #2 in the Strange the Dreamer Duology
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Days to Read: 8
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD
Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
As soon as I finished ‘Strange the Dreamer’ I knew I needed to pick up ‘Muse of Nightmares’ I was so addicted to the story.
Muse of Nightmares follows on from the events in Strange the Dreamer, almost immediately picking up where that book left off. I loved that we really didn’t miss any time from the first book. Laini Taylor has however added in a new element, a back story which brings new characters into the the tale really adding more depth to the story.
I still love Lazlo Strange more than ever, he’s still a quirky, quiet librarian that believes in things others only want to see as myth or as impossible. In Muse of Nightmares he has really gained new strength and really developed as a character.
We explore more of the Citadel and the secrets that it is hiding throughout Muse of Nightmares as well as what makes the characters tick and why they are the way they are, this is part of the struggle that Lazlo faces in this new world.
Muse of Nightmares was a poetic and lyrical ending to a magical duology, I can’t imagine one without the other, they are two parts of a whimsical whole that will suck you in until you turn the last page.
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 10/10
What did you think of the Strange the Dreamer Duology?