Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Weep becomes a laboratory in which Taylor examines slavery, trauma, memory, and appropriation, ending this first installment with a cliffhanger that leaves readers wondering if healing is even remotely possible. Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling.
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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times} An instant New York Times bestseller and Michael L. Printz honor book!

Eleven best of lists including an NPR Best Book, a Goodreads Best YA Fantasy and Science Fiction Nominee, and more!


From National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor comes an epic fantasy about a mythic lost city and its dark past.
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 form 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? And who is the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams?
In this sweeping and breathtaking 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.
The answers await in Weep.
 

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Laini Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels: Days of Blood & Starlight, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. Her website is www.lainitaylor.com.
 
Published March 28, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 545 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Dec 14 2016

Weep becomes a laboratory in which Taylor examines slavery, trauma, memory, and appropriation, ending this first installment with a cliffhanger that leaves readers wondering if healing is even remotely possible. Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Connie Goldsmith on Mar 27 2017

The story’s unexpected twists and revelations leave the reader enthralled, enchanted, and entirely entranced. The final pages are nearly unbearably tragic. Lazlo’s secret identity—a secret even he never suspected—emerges.

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Reviewed by Samantha Nelson on Mar 27 2017

Strange The Dreamer both tells a great story and plays with the framework of storytelling...Strange The Dreamer ends with a dramatic climax, beginning to resolve some issues while leaving plenty of mysteries for the duology’s conclusion. There are still monsters left to fight, and Taylor doesn’t lack for wild ways to describe them.

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