Strange the Dreamer
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers March 2017
Strange the Dreamer is a beautiful, spellbinding book. It’s one of those books that’s hard to describe. It’s the story of Laszlo Strange, an orphan raised by monks, who is obsessed with the mythical lost city of Weep, an obsession he researches tirelessly through his work as a librarian. Laszlo thinks that his obsession is just a dream and that he’ll never leave the library, but one day, a chance to fulfill his greatest dreams comes along and Laszlo is off on the adventure of a lifetime.
This is such a dreamy, beautiful books. It’s filled with gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, magic, and one wonderful librarian with a magnificent dream. Laini Taylor has a unique, wonderful writing style and every word feels rich with meaning. I’m usually a very fast reader, tearing through books, but I took my time with Strange the Dreamer, wanting to savor it for as long as possible. Taylor builds an incredibly rich, multilayered fantasy world. I didn’t realize when I started the book that it’s not a stand-alone, so I was a bit surprised when it ended on a cliffhanger, but I’m very glad there will be a second book and I can’t wait to see where Taylor takes the story. This is a world I want to revisit.