Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Series: Strange the Dreamer #2
Format: ARC provided by Hachette Book Group Canada
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hello bookdragons and happy Sunday! I was SO EXCITED when I started reading Muse of Nightmares because, in case you do not know already, Laini Taylor is my author revelation of the year! I fell so completely in love with the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I don’t have the words to explain it. But, I will try to share with you 5 great reasons to read Laini Taylor’s books, especially her latest one 😉 Be warned, there are some Strange the Dreamer « spoilers » below, even if not specific.
1. Her Writing
The first thing that made me go crazy about Laini Taylor was her writing. It’s just poetic and stunning, like a dream thing. This unique beauty is present in the Strange the Dreamer duology, but also in Muse of Nightmares. Laini Taylor has a way to describe even simple things that fascinates me. And when it comes to feeling, hate, love, or anger, she is just brilliant!
She created the city of Weep and the Gods who terrorized it, their blue-skinned children with strange powers. She created Lazlo Strange, dreamer and librarian and she made him meet Sarai, Muse of Nightmares. She wrote their incredible story, their search to understand what happened in Weep, and she invited us in so we could discover this incredible story.
“Vengeance ought to be spoken through gritted teeth, spittle flying, the cords of one’s soul so entangled in it that you can’t let it go, even if you try. If you feel it–if you really feel it–then, you speak it like it’s a still-beating heart clenched in your fist and there’s blood running down your arm, dripping off your elbow, and you can’t let go.” Strange the Dreamer
“She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx.” Daughter of Smoke and Bones
“Once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.” Muse of Nightmares
2. Her characters are incredible
I can honestly say that Karou, Zuzanna, Akiva, and Ziri ( Daughter of Smoke and Bone) are some of my favorite characters ever. They were so well built, their emotions so strong and their relationships so interesting. Well, I think the characters in Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares are even more complex and fascinating. Lazlo, Sarai, Eril-Fane, and Minya, but also the new characters introduced here: Kora and Nova. They were strong and full of dreams, broken but still fighting. I do not think Laini Taylor introduces us to one character that will not or has not suffered terribly. But with this suffering, she builds the most captivating characters I have met. Characters you will suffer with or for, characters you will love to hate, characters you will want to save, and overall, characters you will always keep in your reader’s heart. She also creates the best monsters…
« He believed in magic, like a child, and in ghosts, like a peasant. His nose was broken by a falling volume of fairy tales his first day on the job, and that, they said, told you everything you needed to know about strange Lazlo Strange: head in the clouds, world of his own, fairy tales and fancy. » Strange the Dreamer
“She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx.” Daughter of Smoke and Bone
3. She is not afraid
You know how sometimes you can adore a book but there is something missing? For me, it is the ugly side of life. I think that to make a book brilliant, you have to show the bad too. Yes, you can write about hope and love, but these are more powerful when hate, death or despair are there too. And Laini Taylor knows that. She is not afraid to let her characters die. She talks about rape and torture without hiding it. I was so shocked to read about how so many people were rapped in Strange the Dreamer, by the « Gods », but at the same time, it was so important that it was there. Because, it is what happens in real life, every day. Furthermore, she did not try to place it there as something else, or to give it excuses (or even just to let it open to the imagination of the reader to excuse it). No, she calls it for what it is, rape. And she let us understand the horror of it. Her characters understand it and so does the reader.
“Beautiful and full of monsters?” “All the best stories are.” Strange the Dreamer
4. She builds incredible worlds
There are magic and fantasy… and then there is Lainy Taylor’s world. In this world, wishes are born from tithes and teeth can rebuild bodies. Or a young girl can scream and unleash moths that can make her enter people’s dreams ( I mean, HOW DO YOU GET AN IDEA LIKE THAT). Laini Taylor does not follow the classic paths in fantasy, she invents gifts, curses and places like you’ve never seen or heard of before. It is impossible not to be at awe with this author incredible imagination! In Muse of Nightmares namely, I loved how we learned more about the story of the Mesarthim, it was heartbreaking and delicious.
“So Sarai gave in to the scream that night, and the dark things within her took wing. They came boiling out between her lips, and they weren’t demons after all, but moths.” Daughter of Smoke and Bone
5. She will play with your feelings (and you will love it)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone already turned my heart upside down: I cried and laughed, felt so much love and then despair. Rage, frustration or stress. I felt everything intensely. Well, let me tell you that Strange the Dreamer will not spare you, and Muse of Nightmares is even worse! I went through the entire emotional spectrum, and more than once! And it felt SO GOOD. Maybe I’m a masochist, but I find that the books in which you can really immerse yourself are the ones that make you FEEL. And Laini Taylor offers plenty of that. Once I started Muse of Nightmares, I just couldn’t stop. I needed the end of the story, yes, but I also needed to ease my heart, to feel more through the characters and their adventures!
“For an instant, at least, they seemed one and the same, as though all anguish exists in the same deep well, no matter what loss or misfortune leads us to it. We might be at odds, hate each other, and desired each others destruction, but in our despair, we are lost in the same darkness, breathing the same air as we choke on our grief.” Muse of Nightmares
I hope I convinced you, if you were not already, to read any Laini Taylor book you can get your hands on, starting with the Strange the Dreamer duology. With Muse of Nightmares just out, you won’t even have to wait to get the full story. My only warning: be ready to give your heart to Laini Taylor and let her play with it!
See you for a cup,