Muse of Nightmares

Muse of Nightmares

Book - 2018
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The highly anticipated, thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer , from National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

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.

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 Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer .
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316341714
Branch Call Number: YA TAYLOR L
Characteristics: 522 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 25, 2020

This is a bit of an incoherent review because I'm still reeling over the ending. Lazlo Strange has become a god. The love of his life has become a ghost. And a woman from another world who's been searching for her sister for two hundred years threatens them all. This book was one heck of a ride with so many AHA! moments. There is violence in this book, sexuality, and dark themes of abuse, but nothing that isn't necessary for the story. And what a story it is!!! Those who haven't read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series need to read that as Taylor ties Muse of Nightmares into the same world with hints that there is more to come. How amazing would it be to have Lazlo and his gang join up with Karou, Akiva and the rest? In my humble opinion, Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo are the top teen fantasy writers out there. Read them!!!

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 30, 2020

I enjoyed this book while I was reading it but there wasn't an even flow to reading it. The consistency of interest throughout the book was a rollercoaster. At the end of the book, I feel like I enjoyed the story and I liked the way it ended but I don't know that it had to be so long because there were a few lulls that could've been cut to keep the story flowing at an interesting pace. I loved the moment between Lazlo and Sarai but Minya's story was the most exciting of all the characters and I was hooked into every chapter that they delved deeper into her mind and her history.

IndyPL_SteveB Sep 27, 2019

A great conclusion to the award-winning YA fantasy novel, *Strange the Dreamer*. The publisher calls it a “sequel;” but it’s really more of a continuation, since the first book ended on a spectacular cliffhanger. Every chapter in *Strange the Dreamer* had an unexpected twist and an added mystery, while providing only temporary answers – which might be turned upside down two or three chapters later.

The pace of newly added twists is slower in *Muse of Nightmares* because Taylor has to start solving some of those mysteries. To do that, she has to hold two plots together at once: the continuation of the basic story as the blue children (insultingly called “Godspawn” by the people of Weep) begin to interact with humans, and a look back two centuries to show how the enslavement of the city of Weep by the self-proclaimed Gods began. Eventually we as readers begin to see that the two plots will come together again with the appearance of other Gods; but the climax is not as easy to predict. The dead are still present, which means that there can be a perfectly plausible romance between a ghost and a living main character who only met previously through dreams.

I read the last three-fourths of the book barely stopping to eat or breathe. If you are looking for something that is wildly creative, hard to see where it is going at times, and ultimately emotionally satisfying, this two-book series will appeal to you.

Jul 06, 2019

A beautiful and fantastically written follow up to Strange the Dreamer! The lyrical prose is perfect for such an unusual story!! The story is strange but easy to follow and a fun ride. The love plot is a little unbelievable, but then this is a book about giant metal angels and little girls who command ghosts, so not to out of place. The lore for the world deserves a book all for it's self!
If you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Steve West DO IT!! His voice is perfect!!

Apr 11, 2019

An absolutely stunning follow-up to Strange the Dreamer. If you get a chance to listen to the audio version narrated by Steve West, it is not to be missed.

Mar 18, 2019

Great and unusual story. The author has quite an imagination. It does become a little complicated to keep track of everyone and their gifts as the book progresses but overall it is a very worthwhile read with a satisfying ending. Am looking forward to the next installation.

Jan 01, 2019

It is refreshing when a quite fascinating book is followed by an even better concluding volume. This is the case with Muse of Nightmares succeeding Strange the Dreamer. (not a spoiler--Taylor leaves herself open to some of these characters going on to other adventures together, but definitely wraps up this complex story line.)

OPL_BreanneS Dec 14, 2018

The mysteries of Weep are finally revealed in this epic and sweetly satisfying conclusion to the Strange the Dreamer duology, delighting readers with a lushly detailed fantasy world, well-rounded characters, imaginative alternate mythologies, and beautiful prose.

kirstd31 Nov 13, 2018

The book was interesting, but not has good as the first.

Oct 31, 2018

To break the deadlock between the original characters, Taylor relies on the strategy of introducing a new, more formidable villain who poses a common problem for the residents of the citadel. Given the godlike powers already possessed by Sarai and her sisters, this is naturally a bit over the top, an almost literal deus ex machina, if you will. Taylor ratchets up the tension in a conflict where the stakes were already impossibly high, and in doing so flattens some of the emotional impact of her tale. Muse of Nightmares provides revelations and closure, but doesn’t quite manage to recapture the magic of Strange the Dreamer.

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