Reverential for Strange the Dreamer

strange the dreamerThis book was everything I hoped it would be. From the exquisite and striking opening to the excruciating ending, I was absolutely absorbed in this. As I have come to expect from Taylor, the writing was so quotable and the world building beautifully distinct.

“We are all children in the dark, here in Weep.”

I don’t know what there is to say about Lazlo Strange, the main character, other than I *loved* him. Everything from his name to his looks to his personality was perfectly drawn. I was rooting for him from the second he was introduced. I don’t want to go into spoilers, but his ridiculous drive to help even his enemies made him one of the most adorably selfless characters I’ve ever come across and I think I will always, always rate him as a favourite now.

“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.” 

And ugh I was definitely against his nemesis Thyon. While Taylor expertly showed us where he was coming from and made his motivations understandable, all I wanted to do was hit him over the head with a giant book. He was the worst kind of villain, because he didn’t just steal tangible objects… he stole dreams. His cruelty reminded me of the pain of plagiarism and I saw this as a clever allegory for intellectual property theft.

“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around”

Miraculously, I was as invested in Sarai’s story. As the Muse of Nightmares (another great title), her powers were so imaginative and really added another dimension to the storytelling.

“If you’re afraid of your own dreams, you’re welcome here in mine.”

The romance in this really worked for me, especially as it was a slow burn. I squealed so loudly when they finally got together.

“I think you’re a fairy tale. I think you’re magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you’ll let me be in your story.” 

Of course, the mysteries and stories of Weep really worked for me as well. While I did see one of the plot twists coming a mile off, I did not know what would happen and would have never pictured that finale. It was an agonising torment to see where it went- and I really can’t wait for book 2!

5/5 bananas


This is why Laini Taylor is one of my favourite authors! I’ve never deducted a single banana from her books… so forgive me for the very biased review 😉

Anyway- have you read this? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

And you can check out my thoughts on the sequel Muse of Nightmares here

72 thoughts on “Reverential for Strange the Dreamer

  1. Nice review! I’ve heard that the MC is sweet and adorable as you say, and the villain sounds pretty interesting! I need to want to hit the villain over the head with a book to really like him. 😉

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  2. This book was brilliant, my only problem now is waiting for the next one to be released! 😉


  3. Sounds like an amazing read, I am a massive dreamer and just love the idea of dreams / dreamers / stealing dreams.

    This quote “It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”  is just ❤️❤️❤️👌

    Ok, you’ve convinced me, I’ll be checking this book out. 😊 Great review. 😊

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  4. Haha I think we all have those go to authors that we just love no matter what so don’t feel bad for your “biased” reviews since they are still honest in the fact you just happen to love that author. 🙂

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  5. Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, then again it’s by Laini Taylor so was there any doubt you would love it? She’s such an incredible author right, largely because she writes such incredible stories, characters and worlds. 🙂
    I really loved Lazlo too, but my favourite character was Sarai and I can’t wait to get my hands on Muse of Nightmares so I can see how their story continues after that ending!
    Great review. 🙂 ❤️

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  6. I absolutely loved this book, so I am so glad you did too. Lazlo is such an amazing character and I fully related to him. Everything that he did I could see myself doing in those circumstances, which doesn’t happen to me very often!! Wonderful review!! And I don’t think it is biased, if you love the writing then it deserves all the bananas 🙂


  7. I feel like the only person on earth who doesn’t like Laini Taylor’s books 😀 It’s a lonely existence!

    I am still glad to see you so excited about it, it’s great when books can do that! That’s why we love reading so much.

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  8. I just bought this book and plan to read it soon! The paperback cover is gorgeous, I’m glad I waited for it. I’m glad to hear that you revere the book so highly. Makes me want to get to it more quickly ^_^

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  9. I’ve been meaning to read this for such a long time – I actually checked last week to see if the library have it (they don’t – but I’ve just got a free amazon voucher, so you can guess what that will be spent on). Loved your fangirling of Laini Taylor! I’m even more excited to read the book now! X

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  10. I started listening to the audiobook but a few days later, I borrowed a pile of books from the library that I needed to read first since I had to return them. Anyway, I was a few chapters into the audiobook and Laini Taylor’s writing is so gorgeous!! I LOVE IT! ~ Reet


  11. I have had this one on my TBR, for a while. But I hadn’t read many reviews on it. So I was kind of putting it off. But this sounds great!!!

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  12. I have not read any Laini Taylor, and I had been looking at this one… mostly because of that cover, ha ha, but I saw some not so stellar reviews from some bloggers I follow when it first came out. Now however, I have started seeing good reviews, like yours, so it is back on my tbr again. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! ☺

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  13. Glad to see this was a winner with you! I am yet to read this book and naturally, by now I have come across a bunch of very differing reviews, but I trust your take on this and this book is put back on my radar 🙂


  14. I know I’m commenting very late here – but I just wanted to say I adored this book too, and reading your review reminded me of just how outraged I felt on Lazlo’s behalf at the way Thyon behaved… you put it perfectly: “he didn’t just steal tangible objects… he stole dreams” – and it was so very unfair and cruel!

    Anyway, I am equally biased when it comes to Laini Taylor, she’s just such a consistently amazing writer 🙂


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