Hodder & Stoughton
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The 5th Anniversary edition of the magical Sunday Times bestseller, by Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy>
'Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other' Leigh Bardugo
The limited 5th Anniversary edition of the magical Sunday Times bestseller, by Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.
The dream chooses the dreamer.
Since he was five years old, Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to go in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself - in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep to cut it off from the world? What did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do many more mysteries - including the blue-skinned goddess who visits Lazlo's dreams . . .
A recipient of the Michael L. Printz Honor award for excellency in YA literature
'A stunning, sensory feast of a novel' Dail Mail
'Leaves the reader enthralled, enchanted and entirely entranced' New York Journal of Books
'The kind of story that paves dreams' Roshani Chokshi
'Beautiful, unusual, unexpected' Sabaa Tahir
Laini Taylor's imagination is vivid - Financial Times
Stunning - Daily Mail
Enchanting - Publishers Weekly
Magical - Grazia
Leaves the reader enthralled, enchanted and entirely entranced - New York Journal of Books
This whimsical and diverse tale reads like a dream - Heat
Laini Taylor set my imagination on fire so hard that it spontaneously combusted . . . This is the kind of story that paves dreams
The love between Lazlo and Sarai . . . is touching and well-drawn. You share Lazlo's dreams of the of the beautiful world from his stories, and Sarai's understanding of (and horror of) their actions, and genuinely hope for the pair of them. - SFX
“You have no idea how much consideration I’ve given it. I lived seven years inside these books. My body may have been going about its duties in the library, but my mind was here. Do you know what they called me? Strange the dreamer. I was barely aware of my surrounding half the time…I walked around wondering what kind of wings I would buy if the wingsmiths came to town, and if I’d prefer to ride dragons or hunt them” Strange The Dreamer is the first book in the Strange The Dreamer duology by American author, Laini Taylor. Lazlo Strange is a war orphan brought up in a monastery. A twist of fate sees him working as a librarian at the Great Library of Zosma when the Godslayer comes looking for men and women of skill to help solve the problem facing the city of Weep. Ever since he was a boy, Lazlo has been fascinated by the city that has been silent in the world for two hundred years. Brother Cyrus fired his passion with fantastic tales, and it has long been his dream to find out what happened to this mysterious place. His voracious appetite for any scrap of knowledge about Weep has filled all his spare time, but what skills could a librarian offer? Taylor gives the reader a clever and imaginative plot with plenty of twists and turns. Her characters are suitably appealing or repulsive as required, and her world-building is smooth and subtle: there are no info dumps here. Her descriptive prose is often gorgeous, and she demonstrates a clever turn of phrase: “He wasn’t conscious that this was a dream. He was simply in it. The logic that belonged to the real world had remained behind, like luggage on a dock” as well as gems of wisdom: “He realised that all this time he’d been looking to the Godslayer as a hero, not a man, but that heroes, whatever else they are, are also men – and women – and prey to human troubles just like anybody else” This tale has all the required elements of a fantasy adventure: heroes and heroines, gods and goddesses, warriors, orphans, ghosts, angels and demons, monsters and fantastic beasts, dreams and nightmares, alchemy, magic and a mysterious metal called Mesarthium, cruelty and kindness, romance and heartbreak, and all contained within a gorgeous cover (in particular the half blue hardcover). There is much left unresolved so fans will be pleased to know that the story continues in Muse of Nightmares, for which, hopefully, the wait will not be unduly lengthy. Utterly enthralling.
Hi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out :-) Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It's about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another world. I also wrote LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the DREAMDARK books. As well as various short stories and novellas.
Thanks for reading!!