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Book Review – Strange The Dreamer

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN: 9781444788976

Laini Taylor is back. If you want to read for the beauty of words, the wonder of beautifully created undiscovered worlds, and stunningly imagined characters, this is the book for you. In fact all her books are for you.

Who could resist a book with chapters titled ‘Purgatory Soup’, ‘Miracles For Breakfast’, ‘Spirit Of Librarian’, and ‘Pattern Of Light, Scribble Of Darkness’?

This is the story of Lazlo Strange and the lost city of Weep. Lazlo has dreamt of this mythical city since he was a five-year-old orphan living in a monastery. After becoming a junior librarian, he writes his own books about the city.

When the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors come looking for help as they travel to Weep, he takes his destiny in his hands and joins them. Everybody wants to know what happened in Weep two hundred years ago when it was cut off from the rest of the world.

I loved her Daughter of Smoke & Bone series for the beautiful writing. I love Strange The Dreamer for the same reason. I still think she overwrites, though, and that cutting a quarter of her words would improve her books by at least one or two stars.

Amanda Patterson

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