Wednesday, January 11, 2017

STRANGE THE DREAMER - 1st trade review!!


Thank you, Booklist!!! 

(here's the text in case the image is hard to read)

By now, fans of Laini Taylor know what to expect: beautiful prose, strange and whimsical fantasy worlds, sympathetic monsters, and wrenching, star-crossed romance. Her latest, first in a two-book set, certainly delivers on that, and there’s something quietly magical at play here. Lazlo Strange, an orphaned infant who grew up to be a librarian, has had a quiet first two decades of life. But Lazlo, reader of fairy tales, longs to learn more about a distant, nearly mythical city, called Weep after its true name was stolen. When a group of warriors from that very place come seeking help, Lazlo, never before a man of action, may actually see his dream fulfilled. Weep, though, is a city still reeling from the aftermath of a brutal war, and hidden there is a girl named Sarai and her four companions, all of whom have singular talents and devastating secrets. What follows is the careful unfolding of a plot crafted with origamilike precision. This has distinct echoes of Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone (2011), though ultimately it’s a cut above even that: characters are carefully, exquisitely crafted; the writing is achingly lovely; and the world is utterly real. While a cliff-hanger ending will certainly have readers itching for book two, make no mistake—this is a thing to be savored.


  1. A cut above Daughter of Smoke and Bone?! Is that possible? I can't wait to read Strange the Dreamer and your thoughts on writing it. *Patiently waiting*

  2. YAY!!! Congratulations, Laini! I simply cannot wait to read it. Counting the days...:-)

  3. Congrats! "Orgamilike precision"...I love that. I can't wait to immerse myself in this book!

  4. Just finished ARC of Strange the Dreamer. Wonderful story. Found a few nit edits that could be fixed for final release if there's still time. Let me know if I should send them.