This book was EVERYTHING I WANTED AND MORE. It was also the first book I have ever requested and been accepted on Netgalley (*squeals*) so thank you so much Hachette Australia/ Date a Book for letting me access the eARC for this gorgeous book in exchange for an honest review.
WARNING! Spoilers for Strange the Dreamer a.k.a my favourite book.
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In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice–save the woman he loves, or everyone else?–while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.
I obviously cannot say very much about this book at all because there are way too many spoilers but OMG it was amazing. This was such a beautiful book, it was exactly what I wanted and more, it was the best and it had such an amazing ending that I cried. It was just…everything for me.
I was a little scared at first because some people were disappointed with it and thought that the ending was a little rushed perhaps. For me, it was a little bit but it wasn’t something that totally changed my opinion or really altered how the book was for me.
WE GOT ANSWERS PEOPLE.
In Strange, we had so many questions that were constantly popping up especially since Lazlo didn’t even know what Weep and the gods were until like halfway through the book but ALL the questions were answered and it was even better than I could’ve imagined. There were plot twists at every turn and the action was unreal. New characters and old characters combined and the character developments were beautiful. I honestly cannot recommend this series enough.
It’s almost hard to express in words how much I loved this book. I was basically shook the whole time and on the edge of my bed clutching my poor phone trying to read the tiny ebook writing as fast as I could while still trying to kind of make it last because it is so precious.
I’m honestly just super excited for my preorder to come so that I can read my favourite moments again. I shipped Lazlo and Sarai so much and we got to see a lot of what made up Mina’s character and how her personality developped due to her origins in the carnage. The introductions of the new characters created so much suspense because we weren’t reading from just the point of view of Lazlo and Sarai anymore but also those new characters and others such as Mina, Thyon and Eril-Fane.
Laini’s writing is just as beautiful and lush as ever. Her storytelling skills are just freaking divine. Every chapter was magic rolling off the (albeit digital) pages. I really really hope that we can get some kind of spin-off because of that ending. The way she expanded the whole universe and it literally crossed genres in a matter of seconds was astounding and there are just so many possibilities and I would read them all.
I feel like I’ve gushed enough now about this book, either way, READ IT. READ THIS SERIES. It’s just amazing and it’s 100% my favourite book series/duology. Love you Laini, come to Australia. Please.
Muse of Nightmares is out TODAY – the 2nd of October if you can never figure out the date like myself, and I’m super excited and already waiting for my preorder copy to arrive.
Have you read Muse already? What did you think?
Until next time,