Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | Review

TRIGGER WARNINGS: abuse, mention of suicide

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: March 28th, 2017

Pages: 536

Buddy Read With Caitlin

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world 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 two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly 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 more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.


This has lots of spelling errors and I could have gone on forever about this book but I can’t finish writing it just yet but I need to get this up. You see my problem? Anyway, in short, highly recommend this book.


Real talk for Strange the Dreamer is I went in expecting to hate it. I didn’t enjoy the authors other series, I was left confused and disorientated (it was one of my first fantasy series while trying to get back into the genre). However, Strange the Dreamer has shot straight to my favourite books and favourite books of 2017 list. I am still in shock from how absolutely incredible this book was.



Strange the Dreamer combines elements that I hated in other books in a new and exciting way that was completely refreshing. The ending left me speechless. The fan art is incredible and, sure as hell, I have fallen completely in love with both Sarai and Lazlo.

The world that the author creates is a perfect fantasy realm in my opinion. There are many ideas that could be reflecting history (the fact GodSpawn as hated as their parents who did the terrible acts but not them). However, I could be completely wrong on that note.


The plot, for me, was incredible. It’s a little slow and there is a lot of filler before we reach events that will further us along but I enjoyed every second of it. Whether it was from Lazlo or Sarai’s perspective, I was completely enthralled with the world itself.

For this novel find out all about The Unseen City, as Lazlo fondly calls it, or Weep, as city people hope to forget. They’re both the same place, except Lazlo is completely fascinated by it. Being a librarian he has studied it intensely while his colleagues laughed at him and brushed him off as he learnt about fairy tales. That’s until people from Weep ride into his town (city? I have no idea) and request people to join them to take back their city from the only remaining piece of the Gods they know of. I’m not sure how to describe this, but it’s basically a floating island attached to an anchor. At least, in my mind it was.

Many sign on for this challenge, and Lazlo gets the chance to join after begging to come along. There are so many side plots going on that they take the back seat for a while, but they all remain present and become very important the closer the book gets to the climax.


#L A Z L O   S T R A N G E

I’m going to put it simply. Lazlo is h o t. My friend Caitlin sent me the fan art while we were buddy reading this and oh my gods. I fell in love. Not only that, but Lazlo is the sweetest character ever. He has so much love to give and honestly he is so god damn pure. We need to protect Lazlo Strange from everyone

Lazlo has been ridiculed by people he knows his whole life for his obsession with Weep. People have never believed him, even as he deciphered languages and worked out pronunciations. People simply laughed in his face. So, finding out that the city is in fact real fills him with a confidence he never would have had otherwise. It was a pretty beautiful thing to read about. He was still a shy and cautious character, which was a great change from heroes who don’t care

#S A R A I

I’m not too sure on what to say about Sarai. I really liked her. I thought she was a great character and had great development surrounded by her fellow siblings? I don’t know if that’s the correct word to use. I loved her chapters and I loved finding out more about the citadel (which gave me high key Game of Thrones vibes).

I also don’t have a lot to say here because some shit is going on in my house currently. Just trust me when I say Sarai is awesome and if anyone wants to hate on her I will fight you. Trust me. I am ready to fight.


Overall, Strange the Dreamer is a magical read that holds so much beautiful writing and characters. I can’t wait for Muse of Nightmares to come out.

5 thoughts on “Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | Review

  1. […] Strange the Dreamer was a book I expected to hated. All my friends loved it and that usually means hell for me. However, I fell in love with absolutely everything about the story. It was so captivating and Lazlo and Sari quickly became two of my favourite characters ever. Plus, I absolutely love the first sentence of this book. It is captivating in a way that makes you curious as to what you are reading. I just don’t have words for this book but I did write a review. […]


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