*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of KINDLE Ebook Muse of Nightmares – Book 2 of the Strange the Dreamer series by Laini Taylor #Brainfluffbookreview #MuseofNightmaresbookreview

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I recently completed Strange the Dreamer, the first book in this amazing series and immediately went ahead and bought the second book – I had to know what would happen next…

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old. She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise. She was wrong.
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.

That’s as much of the blurb I’m happy to share with you, given that if you have picked up this book without reading the first book, then put it back down and track down Strange the Dreamer. Muse of Nightmares immediately picks up the tale from where Strange the Dreamer left off, so you’ll be floundering without appreciating the full awesome specialness of either Sarai or Lazlo if you try to plunge straight into the middle of this duology.

In this book, we also are introduced to two sisters, Kora and Nova. While Sarai and Lazlo are battling with Minya, we also learn of the hard-scrabbled existence endured by Kora and Nova as their mother was taken by the blue-skinned gods. They are both convinced they are also worthy to serve – that when the time comes, they, too, will be taken away from their cruel step-mother and uncaring father before they end up being married to men old enough to pay for them. And then the silver skyship comes… I particularly love this story arc and would have enjoyed more of it and a little less of the romantic scenes between Lazlo and Sarai. But it is supposedly a YA read, so I’m aware that I’m not the target audience. This isn’t necessarily a criticism, more of an observation.

What I particularly enjoyed was the way the story morphed from being a magical fantasy tale into a science fiction story – and then was linked with the Daughter of Smoke and Bone universe – nicely done! However, I was interested to note that most of the characters – at least the ones we cared about and even some of the ones we didn’t – had their story arcs completed in a more positive manner than I’d been expecting. While I knew that Taylor wasn’t writing grimdark or anything close to it, – I had rather assumed that there would be more losers, given the stakes were so very high and I’m not sure that I was completely convinced by some of the character transformations.

That said, I couldn’t put this one down until I’d finished it and if it didn’t contain quite the same atmosphere and magic of Strange the Dreamer as far as I’m concerned, it is still an amazing read and one I very highly recommend.
9½/10

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    • Yes – I think you’d love Laini Taylor’s writing, too. The first book is one of my favourite books of the year and as you can see – I also loved this one:). I’d love to hear your take on it, too!

  1. Wow, you wasted no time getting to this one, that tells me it was a good one and to make sure I have both of them teed up before I start the first one. Great review Sarah.

    • Thank you, Carla:) Great that you have got hold of both of them. To be honest, I was shaken when I realised how much time had passed since Strange the Dreamer hit the shelves and I was determined not to let this one slide away from me.

  2. You know, I was wondering if this duology was connected to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series! Not sure if this is the case with the UK copies, but the North American printings of Strange The Dreamer and (from the quick glance I’ve taken) Muse of Nightmares use the same font, formatting, and overall “interior” design as the DoSaB books. So this was something I’d been musing over since I finished Strange The Dreamer last year. Now I’m excited to find out what the connection is! 🙂

  3. The only Laini Taylor book I’ve ever read so far is “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”, which totally fascinated me! So I want to read more of her work. And I might very well start with “Strange the Dreamer”, although I also need to continue the DSB trilogy and finish it! But I’ve heard SO many great things about “Strange the Dreamer”! Well, I guess the thing for me to do is to finish that trilogy and then start on this duology. Taylor has BEAUTIFUL prose, plus a GREAT imagination, so she’s one of my faves! Last but not least, I ADORE reading YA, even though I’m not the target audience, either! Lol.

    Thanks for the interesting review!! HUGS!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Maria:)). I would warn you that the second book in the DSB trilogy is brutal – Himself couldn’t get through it. That savagery isn’t present in this duology, however.

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