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.
Past Ngoc is an absolute jerk – we don’t like her. We don’t like her early 2000’s fashion, the fact that she constantly naps with her contacts in despite knowing better, and that she ate that extra slice of carrot cake at dinner (who am I kidding,
SHE I REGRET NOTHING.) But we especially don’t like the fact that she ignored the recommendations of her friends for TWO YEARS and only picked up Strange the Dreamer a month ago.
Lazlo Strange is the protagonist I never knew I needed. He’s not just a book nerd, he lives and breathes books. Some people run away to join the circus – not Lazlo. He runs away to join the librarians.
Lazlo couldn’t have belonged at the library more truly if he were a book himself. In the days that followed – and then the months and years, as he grew into a man – he was rarely to be seen without one open in front of his face. He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all.
Lazlo is a main character unlike any I’ve ever come across – completely altruistic and unabashedly guileless, he’s one of those rare gems who genuinely believes in the goodness of the world and assumes everyone he meets is the same (spoiler alert: they’re not.) I challenge you to find someone who would not fall in love with him immediately.
There is nothing I can say that will do any justice to Laini Taylor’s beautiful prose. Her writing was absolutely enchanting and I had to physically pry myself away from the book at times (I kid you not, at one stage I was weighing up if it was worth it to miss my train stop just to read a few extra pages.) The world she created was vivid and unique, and she crafted every single character with such precision and love that even though the story was told in a dual POV, I found myself equally engaged with each narrator.
And oh, the twists!! Every time I thought I had the plot figured out, Taylor would throw a curveball and I’d be like
My ONLY complaint with the book is that the romance happened very fast in the beginning and I actually found it detracted from the storytelling a little bit. In fact, I probably wasn’t sold on it until the very end of the book. Regardless, it wasn’t enough for me to give this book anything less than a solid 5 stars!
Have you guys read Strange the Dreamer or any of Laini Taylor’s other books? I can’t wait to pick up the sequel and I’ll definitely be bumping Taylor’s other series up my TBR list!