Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Hey, friends! So, I literally just finished Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Monday, July 31st), and…it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, but I didn’t know it was going to be this good.

So, this book starts with a little orphan boy who was named Lazlo Strange. Basically, he was born during a war, and all of the newly orphaned kids were taken to the monastery, where they were named randomly.

So, all his life, Lazlo dreamed about the Unseen City. This was a city that only stories have been told about. People have tried to travel to the city, but no one has made it back to tell. No one remembers the actual name of the city, but one day, Lazlo was pretending to be a Tizerkane warrior – the soldiers of the Unseen City – and suddenly, the actual name was ripped from his mind and replaced with the word Weep. 

So, Lazlo traveled to the library of Zosma, and fell in love with the abundance of books and stories that were found there. Thus, he became a librarian.

So, he spent seven years in this library studying all he could about “Weep” – though there wasn’t much scholars would bother to write about – and learned their language, their beliefs…all of it.

He’s given the opportunity to travel to Weep, but will he take it?

Heck yes!

Except, he’s not a scholar, so there really is nothing for him to contribute to the group other than good stories.

The next character we meet is named Sarai. She is one of five godspawn who live in a citadel that was previously emptied after all of the gods that lived there were killed. They’re the sole survivors, and no one is supposed to know that they still live there.

All of the godspawn have gifts that make them what they are…godspawn. There are so many natural gifts, and a couple of unnatural ones, and they all have little nicknames, like Bonfire and Orchid Witch.

So, Sarai’s power we don’t know of until much much later, because she considers it to be horrible. 

Our two main characters meet in a realm that isn’t reality, but something much more intimate, and we watch them open up to each other and find out more about themselves and their abilities.

Overall, this was one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, and an amazing first impression to the author that is Laini Taylor. Don’t get me wrong, I have Daughter of Smoke and Bone sitting on my shelf right behind me, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. This was an amazing introduction to her unique writing style, and if you haven’t read it yet…


I’m actually going to rate this book a 20 out of 20, which is a 100 out of 100, which is an A+.

It’s been so long since I felt compelled to lie on the floor and just read 300 pages a day, so thank you, Laini Taylor for bringing me out of this perpetual reading slump I seem to be in.

Have any of you read this book? What were your thoughts, and who would you say is your favorite character?

Yellow Eccentricity ❤

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