Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer #1

Laini Taylor

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous mysterious slow-paced

536 pages | first published 2017

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 or 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?

Welcome to Weep.

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adventurous 86%
mysterious 69%
emotional 62%
hopeful 33%
sad 25%
dark 24%
inspiring 20%
tense 20%
reflective 18%
challenging 12%
funny 8%
lighthearted 7%
relaxing 4%
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