Title: Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2)
Author: 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.
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?
With this series ending, I can proudly say that Laini Taylor has definitely climbed up to my list of favorite authors. That is simply because, although I wouldn’t put her books on my Top 10 books I’ve ever read list, but her reading is so good and I enjoyed every one of her books I’ve ever read (and I rated almost all of them 5 stars!)
She has such a captivating and interesting way of writing where she makes everything she writes about feel beautiful and magical. When I read her books, I feel as if I’m in a fairytale or a legend, because of her unique writing style.
I loved Strange the Dreamer and I read it a few years ago but I just didn’t feel like reading the sequel yet. However, I’m really glad I picked this up finally because I loved it and it was such a nice conclusion to this duology.
I love how Laini Taylor doesn’t portay what seem like negative characters such as Mynia and the Godslayer, but like normal people with flaws and deep emotional wounds who use their cruelty as a way to escape from their painful past.
Even though I really hated Mynia at first, towards the ending I felt really bad for her. She was just a little girl who had to grow up to fast and take care of little babies who only learned to be better when she let go.
I loved all the characters although I wished there was a bit more character development of some side characters. I’m not sure if this is the final book, although it feels like it, because I really want to see more of some characters lives.
This book was fast paced and very interesting and easy to read but still very beautiful. Of course I loved that the ending was happy because at some points I was hopeless and felt like everything would go downwards. It is a very nice and well done conclusion that kind of felt like the ending of a fairy tale in the end.
I must admit I liked the first one more but still I can’t rate it less than 5 stars because this series is still way better than 80% I read.
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