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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | Book Review |

“I think you’re a fairy tale. I think you’re magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you’ll let me be in your story.”― Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

I became a huge fan of Laini Taylor’s writing when I read her short stories- Lips touch three times. I have read her Daughter of Blood and Bone series too and recommend them for a read for true blue fantasy fiction fans.

Title: Strange the Dreamer

Genre: Fantasy Ficiton

Publisher: Hatchett Books

Author: Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is an American writer who specialises in YA and fantasy fiction genre. She aspired to write as a child but was 35 when her first novel Dreamdark:Blackbringer was published. However she is best known for her Daughter of Smoke & Bone series. She has been notable awarded the Cybils Award 2009 and is also the finalist for the National Book Award 2009.

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Strange the Dreamer is an orphan who was bought up by the monks, till a chance encounter with fate lets him run away to be adopted by a library where books become his best friends. Strange grew up on hearing fragments of magical tales from a crazed out monk and in the library he spent years on researching the one story that fascinated him the most. A story of an Unseen city where the streets are paved with Lapiz Lazuli and polished clean so that the women can trail their long hair behind them as they walk and not get it dirty.

The story also has demi-gods who are blue in color and live in a city shaped out of a metal that has a will of its own and can be moulded into forms by the minds of one of the gods. There are the usual hideous creatures and mythical beasts, strange languages and customs and dreams where one can will anything into anything.

I will stop here as I want you to read this yourself and dont want to set out any spoilers at all.

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“I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.”― Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

Lasting impression on me:

Okay let me start by saying I will not be able to do justice to her writing or how I feel reading it in my review here. I am mesmerized and blown away with her writing style and will say this; none compare to her in my opinion. She is better than JKR on every level and embodies every trick in the book to make her stories layered with so much depth and softness that I ache after reading them.

I was reminded of Star Wars, Star Trek and the Lord of the rings while reading this and then some other tales as well for the tale is reminiscent of them. But in no ways is it a copy – its 100% original and hooked me from page one.

I am waiting for the sequel and hope its out soonest. Loved the book cover and btw that’s a moth and not a dragon-fly/ butterfly. The dreamer visits dreams via them.

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My rating

My rating is a 5/5 stars as this was a wonderful book to immerse oneself into.

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You can check out my review of the Fantasy Fiction “The Children of Blood & Bone”, if you are a fan of this genre.

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