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?
AHMAGOD THIS BOOK IS FANTASTICAL
“He drifted about with his head full of myths, always at least half lost in some otherland of story. Demons and wingsmiths, seraphim and spirits, he loved it all.”
This book is so beautiful and fantastical but what really makes me love it and what I think will make everyone fall in love with it is Lazlo out main character.
Lazlo is our MC and the book shows him as a child suffering under the control of monks and playing make believe, always listening to stories and tales he’s a dreamer from the start. Laini has created such a just wonderful character in Lazlo, he’s a librarian and loves myths and tales, he has a childs heart even though he’s been through so many things that could have hardened him.
“He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all.”
When people ask me how I read so many books ^^ here’s your answer like Lazlo I don’t sleep, my blood is pure caffeine at this point.
Lazlo is kind which doesn’t sound like a big enough word to describe just how soul deep his goodness runs, he’s selfless and just friendly I had never read a character like him and now I need more. Gimme all the kind lovely librarians I’ll buy every book if someone tells me the main charcater is like Lazlo.
The writing is just a whole different level. The world building is on point, there’s beautiful lucid dreaming, gods, good vs evil, the theme of can one thing be only good or evil. Magic and alchemists, explosions and creations.
The tale of Weep is a tragic one, ruled by “Gods” and enslaved for years the humans finally defeated them but couldn’t remove the citadel that floated above their city or the hurt in their peoples hurts and minds.
That’s all I’m saying because you really should experience the magic yourself, the frekin just beautifulness of this story slowly unraveling and coming together.
I have to be honest it did take me a while to read this, I read the first half so slowly but as soon as I got past the 250 page mark I was in love and couldn’t put it down, every character had my hooked.
I’m planning on re-reading this asap so I’ll come back for a more detailed review but I love it all and need more stars.
Thank you Netgalley for an earc and omg thank you Amazon for this beautiful blue stained signed edition AHHHHH it is so pretty.
This book is also The Ya Room’s book of the month, if you don’t know what the YA room book club is it’s a melbourne based book club but there are online twitter chats for everyone and always awesome BOTM!
Have you read Strange The Dreamer yet?What did you think of Lazlo? Who was your fave character? Is it on your TBR?
If it’s not on your TBR I mean it needs to be. The main character is a caring book worm who loves fantastical tales! I don’t know how anyone couldn’t fall a bit in love with Lazlo