Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Review: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.


by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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 astonishing and heart-stopping sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

“There comes a certain point with a hope or a dream, when you either give it up or give up everything else. And if you choose the dream, if you keep on going, then you can never quit, because it's all you are.”

You'd have to be crazy to not love Laini Taylor. I mean it. INSANE!

Her books are literally INFUSED with magic. Each page bringing more and more of it into our world with a simple turn of the page. The worlds she's created are astonishing and her characters so freaking fantastic it makes you wish they walked among us. If you haven't read the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series, I absolutely will not forgive you until you have taken the time to submerge yourself into that stunning wonderland. If you have, welcome to the fan club! With Strange the Dreamer, the first in her brand new duology, readers stepped into a world unlike any they've witnessed before. In this world there's more interesting characters than you could ever tire of, mysteries as deep and unbending as you could hope for, and even more so, plot twist after plot twist that will ensure you get lost in the labyrinth that is Strange the Dreamer. With that said, Muse of Nightmares was no different. Following immediately after the events of Strange the Dreamer, both Sarai and Lazlo are no longer the two characters we first met just a year ago. Their circumstances are different and their lives have completely changed, both as either God or Ghost. Even so, everyone still continues to feel the effects of the aftermath of the Citadel's close call, and as the mysteries of the Mesarthim come to surface, everyone's hopes begin to shatter.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor was just as stunning as Strange the Dreamer. It filled my soul with magic and excitement, and furthermore left me with an overwhelming appreciation for Laini Taylor's dedication to providing the most wonderful adventures for her readers, both young and old. A highly recommended duology for lovers of fantasy!

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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