Book Review: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor


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 Timesbestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2)

Hardcover, 528 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

This review is going to be a spewing of feelings while trying not to be spoilery.  Which. Is. Hard. So. Hard!  I needed to read this to find closure from the long wait, and I’m glad that I started and finished so quickly.  The story was definitely worth the wait.

I want to quickly touch on the one aspect that I did not enjoy.  I can’t tell you why because that would be a super spoiler!  But I just did not enjoy one of the new characters and had to force myself to read through those sections once I hit the midway point of the story.

As a fun aside, if you’ve read Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, you might find some fun easter eggs throughout this book that build a little on the hints in book 1, Strange the Dreamer.

I’m pretty sure that this book hit every single emotion a human can feel at least once.  And some of the harsher ones, both good and bad, were visited several times.  Don’t read this in public if you don’t want unwanted attention.  Or be prepared by bundling under a blanket with a stuffed animal or significant other nearby for cuddling.

You might think I’m exaggerating.

I’m not.

No really.  I found myself setting this book down several times so that I could compose myself.  Just saying, prepare yourself.

And maybe make sure to reread Strange the Dreamer in order to catch all the hints and lead-ups again.

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