Author(s): Laini Taylor
The highly anticipated, thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer, from National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.
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?
Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.
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