Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Series: Strange the Dreamer #2
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published October 2nd, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, YA
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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.
This book left me with my heart in my hands. What a stressy, emotional and powerful ride!
I fell in love with these characters and this world from the very first book, and I was both excited and scared to read this one… I’ve rarely felt the urge to make a book last longer by reading slower or pausing to let it sink in, but that happened here. I was so afraid of how things would turn out! I was incredibly anxious and I just didn’t want this book to ever end, for how good it freaking is. This was even better than the first one if that is even possible!
There are many things I love in this book, and one of them was to get to know Minya more. She was always quite an interesting and dark character. She didn’t let you get to know her easily, but in this book we got to know her, love her, and understand her, and it was beautiful! Hard and emotional, but beautiful! I love their little family with all my heart! They are all so different and unique and just perfect together! They entered my heart and I could never forget them! Especially Sarai. She is so fierce and has such a big kind heart!
But if their family isn’t enough this book only added to it, and made it possible to grow, and make it even more special! I loved to know more about their past and about the nightmares that plagued some of them like Eril-Fane. I loved how much they grew and how after so much pain and grief, they finally understood that revenge would never make anything better. They learned to respect and care for each other as equals, and that touched my heart! (Yes you, Nero!)
We also got to know two new characters! Kora and Nova, are two sisters whose story entangles with Sarai’s family. I loved to know them. Their story was tragically beautiful, and it broke my heart. Kora was suffering so much, and you could literally feel it. She was blinded by grief and it made me so emotional! How much she carried in her heart… I also loved to see how differently she and Minya coped with their suffering. It was so sad and I wanted to help them and hug them and ahhhh… This book made my heart all mushy and tight!
This is such a beautiful (at times sad) story, full of mystery, grief, vengeance, trauma, family love, suicide, love, acceptance and so much more! It’s a story that will touch your heart from the very beginning. This world is beautiful and full of life and I can’t wait to see more of it! It’s amazingly written in a way that will grip and enthrall you and you will never want to get out of this world!
Also, I LOVED that end! Or is it an end? It felt like we are gonna have some more epic books! I sure do hope so, because these were fantastic! I highly recommend this duology. It’s intense, beautiful, full of magic, and with characters that will enter your heart without a doubt! It’s… perfect!
Have you read this yet? What do you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!