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Strange the dreamer / Laini Taylor.

First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Physical Description:
536 pages ; 24 cm
In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name.


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A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around -- and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries--including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.

Author Notes

Laini Taylor was born in Chico, California in 1971. She received a degree in English from UC Berkeley in 1994. She also studied illustration at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a travel book editor, a bookseller, a waitress, and an illustrator/designer. Her works include Blackbringer, Silksinger, Lips Touch: Three Times, and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. In 2014 her title Dreams of Gods and Monsters made The New York Times Best seller list.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's odd that the audio edition of this epic YA novel by Taylor-which unfolds from the alternating perspectives of Lazlo Strange, the unassuming librarian who is poised to have the adventure of a lifetime, and Sarai, the lonely blue goddess who visits him in dreams-does not use two actors for the lead characters, as is common practice. However, West's performance is excellent: his rich voice and British accent make for easy listening throughout, and he can also stretch himself to memorably portray various bit parts. Particularly affecting are his renditions of an elderly librarian colleague of Lazlo's and of Minya, a wicked sister of sorts to Sarai. West also captures both the strength and despair of the Godslayer, a warrior still trying to come to terms with the carnage he once wrought in order to save his people. At more than 18 hours, this audio book offers a sweeping escape to a distant realm, perfect to pass the hours of any long trip. Ages 15-up. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In the lost city of Weep, Lazlo Strange, junior librarian and magical dreamer, meets his dream-world love Sarai, a godspawn and nightmare bringer. They uncover potential ways to prevent impending calamity, just to encounter more unimaginable, heartbreaking--and creative--obstacles. Taylor wields her fierce and poetic narrative style in this appealing tale with an inventive magical system and affecting characters. Such a complex fantasy with a sizable cast of characters needs a skilled narrator to maintain clarity and keep listeners engaged. West expertly deploys his deep and resonant voice to match the tales darker tone and renders varied character voices effectively--from the petulant, murderous monster Minya (trapped in a six-year-olds body) to the melancholy, reluctant hero Godslayer--to create an immersive listening experience. roxanne hsu Feldman (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.