Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

If you’ve enjoyed Laini Taylor’s previous books, I’d say this should definitely be at the top of your to be read pile. The writing style is incredibly lush. I found it was something I wanted to savour and take slowly, rather than rush through. There are some truly beautiful passages in the book that make this a truly dreamy fantasy.

The pacing of the first third of the book was a little slower than I would have liked. I think I am used to a shorter format and cracking pace. There was a lot of set up with Lazlo, his obsession with Weep, his rather shadowy backstory and his interactions with the current ruling family where he lives. I loved the scenes in the library. Being a library fan, I was rather fond of his time there. I enjoyed the growth of his character. He has a quiet kind of strength, which I appreciated.

The time in Weep was fascinating and while some elements are telegraphed so there were not too many surprises, I found it incredibly engaging. Particularly the last third, which I felt was a little more tightly written. I am now rather impatient to see what happens next as we’re left with some things resolved, but more urgent matters we left hanging. Beautifully written.

Grade B+



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