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Muse of Nightmares is the conclusion to the Strange The Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor. If you missed my review of the first book, Strange the Dreamer, you can find it here. Naturally, the rest of this post will have spoilers for Strange the Dreamer.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Series: Strange The Dreamer #2
Published by Hodder on 4th April 2019 (Paperback, UK)
Genres: Fantasy, YA Fantasy
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?
Having loved Strange the Dreamer, I’ve been looking forward to reading Muse of Nightmares for so long. I was not disappointed!
From the first sentence Taylor had me excited – “Kora and Nova had never seen a Mesarthim, but they knew all about them.” Kora and Nova? Who are they? NEW CHARACTERS!
Taylor then sweeps us back to Weep, giving the reader the feeling that we’ve never really left this world. We pick up where we left off, with our old, favourite characters in the aftermath of Sarai’s death.
With Sarai’s very existence in the hands of the human-hating Minya, Lazlo finds himself (and his new-found gift) under the control of Minya with her plans to destroy the Godslayer, Eril-Fane.
Sparrow, Ruby, and Feral have other ideas though. Using Lazlo’s gift, the previously sealed doors of the Citadel are unlocked, revealing more secrets of the structure’s past. Secrets that come with their own dangers.
While Strange the Dreamer was largely Lazlo’s book, Muse of Nightmares is Sarai’s. I have to say I really liked getting more of Sarai’s character. As much as I loved Lazlo in the first book, Sarai suited the more plot-driven narrative that this second volume took.
Where Strange the Dreamer was filled with the mystery of Weep, posing questions and providing few answers, Muse of Nightmares uncovered the secrets. Slowly, through twists and turns we uncover the history of the gods, Skathis, Isagol and co. We discover how they came to be, and why they loomed over Weep, stealing its residents and instilling fear.
I LOVED the back story that unfolded, revealing the secrets of the Citadel. It took us places that I didn’t expect, and added a whole new level to this story.
I’m struggling to stay spoiler-free so let me just say that the plot of this novel was brilliant! I loved how the characters’ stories entwined, not to mention the exquisite world-building.
Laini Taylor’s writing is truly wonderful. I found her imagery so vivid, her descriptions so rich.
This is a fantasy tale that is full of heart. My emotions were all over the place reading it. Taylor creates characters that I become so invested in and truly care about. With a fairly large cast of characters, this is truly impressive.
I have to say, this duology is unlike anything else I’ve ever read in fantasy. It has everything – imagination, wonderful characters, mystery, an incredible world, and a gripping plot.
I just LOVED IT!