Strange the Dreamer
By: Laini Taylor
Expected Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Bang Bang Rating: 1/2
Lazlo Strange is a dreamer and he has been ever since he was found parentless and raised by monks. Fueled by stories from a cantankerous monk, Lazlo pretends he’s a warrior from a fairy tale city named Weep. Determined to find this city, Lazlo becomes a librarian apprentice and studies hard until he gets his chance to visit the doomed Weep.
If you are looking for a light fun filled fantasy, Strange the Dreamer is NOT for you. This book is not only dense with LOTS of information, it is dark and is quite metaphorical and jam packed with vivid imagery and beautiful prose. Taylor has written a new world complete with many characters, myths and beasts so get your pencils ready to keep up.
Strange the Dreamer is told in 3rd person and centers mostly around Lazlo Strange and Sarai. I won’t say who Sarai is because it is a spoiler and the exciting part is discovering who she is as the story progresses. Taylor plays mind games with the reader because I am used to a clear villain and a clear hero but in Strange the Dreamer, these lines are blurred. This is story about war and revenge and the greater good.
It’s very difficult to review this book in detail because I don’t want to spoil anything. What I liked about this book is that Taylor took her time to develop the world and to explain the conflict. If you read the Smoke and Bone series, you know that Taylor likes to through curveballs. Strange the Dreamer is multi-themed, has strong characters, and is often sad.
My only issue is the length-560 pages. I have read longer books but every scene had a purpose to the plot and I felt 90% of this book was purposeful to the plot. Taylor has the gift of conveying a message in a paragraph but I felt there were instances when she took several chapters to say something that could have been done in two pages. The length was the reason this book wasn’t a 5/5.
Spoiler Edition of Strange The Dreamer