Author(s): Laini Taylor
THE TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A philosophical fantasy adventure, an epic love story, a daring quest that demands to be read and reread and deserves to be remembered forever.' Katherine Webber 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? As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall and a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, the Muse of Nightmares must take possession her power - and of her fate, and everyone else's. Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the international bestseller, Strange the Dreamer. Praise for Strange the Dreamer 'Magical' Grazia 'Prepare to be enchanted' Sun 'Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other' Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom
~ This is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer, which I loved, and it exceeded my expectations.
Laini starts with the tale of two sisters, so close that even their names are never spoken apart, and their dream of leaving their barren wasteland of a home to join their mother in the sky. The book goes between their story which spans centuries, and continues the story of Lazlo, Sarai and the godspawn who are at Minya's mercy. Minya herself is trapped in an endless cycle of nightmarish memories of the night all the babies were slain and Sarai realises that she has the ability to enter Minya's dreams and find the truth of what really happened all those years ago. The book cleverly weaves these narratives together to form a whole picture that gives everything context, and delves into the issues of trauma, bitterness, revenge and healing. The mysteries of where the gods came from is revealed, as well as where all the lost children may have disappeared to. I loved that this book questions the idea of monsters and evil, and whether these people can be saved and redeemed, rather than destroyed. Heartbreaking, beautiful, magic. Jemma