Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2)
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?Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2) Details

TitleMuse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780316341714
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    Good little girls don’t kill. They die.And Minya was not a good little girl. I know a lot of us were expecting Muse of Nightmares to be good, but I have to say, this book actually exceeded my expectations. I have a lump in my throat and I can't stop thinking about it. I usually spend time making detailed notes while reading a book but, at one point, I opened Notes on my computer just to type "oh fucking god, this is so good".No spoilers, of course. The beginning opens by introducing us to two n Good little girls don’t kill. They die.And Minya was not a good little girl. I know a lot of us were expecting Muse of Nightmares to be good, but I have to say, this book actually exceeded my expectations. I have a lump in my throat and I can't stop thinking about it. I usually spend time making detailed notes while reading a book but, at one point, I opened Notes on my computer just to type "oh fucking god, this is so good".No spoilers, of course. The beginning opens by introducing us to two new characters - Kora and Nova - and their compelling story eventually becomes deeply-entwined with the main plot in ways that were unexpected, thrilling, and sad.If you are that sort of reader, this is definitely a crying book. There is one scene - you'll know it when you come to it - that was so heartbreakingly emotional that I had to put the book down for a few minutes to organize my feelings. Taylor creates such strong ties between characters that it feels like a physical, painful thing when those ties are broken.The story at the heart of Muse of Nightmares continues Strange the Dreamer in that it's about discovering the origins of Weep and the floating citadel. What really happened all those years ago? How did five half-human children survive the Carnage and become trapped in a secret prison?Finding out opens up doors to horrors and, let me tell you-- some parts of this are really creepy. The little girl thrummed with a dark fervor, eyes big and glazed, breath fast and shallow, skin seeming to crackle with a barely contained energy. In a baleful singsong that sent chills down Sarai’s spine, she said, “You shouldn’t be in here,” and Sarai didn’t know if she meant in the nursery or in the dream, but the words, the tone, seemed to slide into a dance with the unmoored shadows and the thrum, and it was all getting faster and louder, and the shadows were closing in, and a terrible dread stirred in her. Taylor tells the story in parts, through different perspectives, and these eventually come together to form a whole. The plot and world here are pretty dense, but that made it even more rewarding for me when I discovered how everything was connected. It's such a complex, thoughtful and imaginative plot, quite unlike anything I've ever read before. When a hundred sets of eyes pin you in place, and all of them see the same thing, how can you not be that thing? The Tizerkane looked at children and saw monsters, and Minya’s darkest self rose to the challenge. Older characters continue to fascinate, while the new additions bring something fresh and exciting to the story. Minya, for one, is such a fantastic messed-up character, and we get to delve deep inside her mind (literally!) in this book. Cute side relationships between Ruby and Feral, and Calixte and Tzara, offer some much-needed light and happiness, too.I think, overall, this is just a really great book. It's well-plotted, it's unique, and it's... maybe not the end(?) 🤞CW: (view spoiler)[rape (off-page); slavery; suicide. (hide spoiler)]Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    ✨full non-spoilery review now posted on my blog!Nothing makes me sadder than the fact that Lazlo Strange will never think about me as much as I think about him
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    1.) Strange the Dreamer ★★★★★ “I would have chosen you, if they had let me choose.” Strange the Dreamer was my favorite book of 2017, and Muse of Nightmares is probably going to be my favorite book of 2018. These two books just bring so much love into my heart, and so much hope into my soul. I have no word combinations to ever begin to describe how much this book meant to me, or to do a review worthy of it, but I am going to try. “Sarai had lived and breathed nightmares since she was six yea 1.) Strange the Dreamer ★★★★★ “I would have chosen you, if they had let me choose.” Strange the Dreamer was my favorite book of 2017, and Muse of Nightmares is probably going to be my favorite book of 2018. These two books just bring so much love into my heart, and so much hope into my soul. I have no word combinations to ever begin to describe how much this book meant to me, or to do a review worthy of it, but I am going to try. “Sarai had lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old. For four thousand nights she had explored the dreamscapes of Weep, witnessing horrors and creating them. She was the Muse of Nightmares.” Whenever I try to give a synopsis for Strange the Dreamer I always say it’s about a librarian who is in love with a lost city, and a girl who only wants to know what love is. Muse of Nightmares is a story all about love, and the different kinds of love that we will experience, and some that we will never experience, in our lifetime. The love between found families everywhere, between siblings both blood and not, between parents both distant and close, between lovers both new and old. And now all this love makes us choose actions that are both good and bad and all the things in-between. Love is truly the most complex force in the entire world, but when someone loves selflessly it can change everything. Sometimes we are unaware of how much power we have inside us, especially when that power is kindled from unconditional love. “For fifteen years, the people of Weep had lived with the certainty that the monsters were dead, and Eril-Fane had lived with the burden of it…” And this book picks right up after the harrowing events in Strange the Dreamer. So many of these characters, both blue and not, are dealing with a monumental amount of sorrow and grief. Lazlo, the librarian who has finally found the city that has taken over his heart and mind for his entire life, is going through the greatest amount of changes.If Strange the Dreamer is about finding the lost city of Weep, Muse of Nightmares is about why no one can remember the city in the first place. We get so much background on so many different worlds, and we get to see them all thread together to create a universe truly unlike anything else. But beautiful and terrible things happen in the name of good and bad, and we get to see pivotal choices be made, that resulted in what happened to Weep. “Skathis: god of beasts, king of horrors, daughter-stealer, city-crusher, monster of monsters, madman.” Yet, Muse of Nightmares also introduces you to two new characters: Kora and Nova. They are sisters that were born long before the last Godspawn, but the two stories quickly entangle with each other. And their sisterhood, even though heartbreaking, is so damn beautiful. Laini Taylor really expands on not only this story, but this world and universe too! And you’ll quickly see how this can all be connected to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. And even though this was the final book in this duology, I believe Laini has so much more in store for us. I’ve been reading stories for over two decades and, in my opinion, Laini Taylor is the best storyteller I’ve ever read. Her words have such a magical impact on me, and I honestly think she has to be a little supernatural to weave words the way she does. (I’m secretly hoping she is fae!) You can just feel so much emotion while reading her passages, like she truly pours every ounce of herself into the words she uses, and I truly think there isn’t another human on earth who can do what she does. The word “beautiful” doesn’t even do her prose justice, so I’ll just say that it’s completely magical, so very immersive, and totally enthralling. She is easily my favorite author of all time. “The gods had been dead for fifteen years, after all, but their hate had lingered, and ruled in their stead.” I can’t even believe I’m typing this paragraph, but this book also heavily deals with children in cages, which is something that I truly, with my entire being, wish was only in fiction. Sadly, it’s not. Some of the scenes in this book were a little harder than most, just because of what is going on in 2018, so please be warned going in. Also, trigger and content warnings for war themes, death, torture, graphic blood depictions, slavery, human trafficking, a lot of talk of implied past rape, rape, extreme parental abuse, child abuse, thoughts of suicide, suicide, PTSD, grief, trauma, and sexual content.Trauma and grief, and how each person deals with those two things very differently, plays a huge role in this book. Yet, this story is a love letter to how we don’t have to be the mistakes of our ancestors. We can change, we can do things differently, and that it’s never too late. And vengeance will always be a driving factor, but you’ll soon realize that nothing, not even redemption, will lessen the feeling of loss. The only thing that can heal is love, but that’s a lesson that is so very hard to learn at times. “Once upon a time, a sister made a vow she didn’t know how to break, and it broke her instead. Once upon a time, a girl did the impossible, but she did it just a little too late.” Overall, I’m not sure another story will ever touch me like this duology has. My review doesn’t even do it justice, honestly. This is a once in a lifetime story that I will cherish for the rest of my life. This isn’t just a shining star in literature, but a glowing constellation over the world. If you haven’t picked up Strange the Dreamer, please do so, because I love this series with every bone in my body, with my heart, with my soul, with every fiber of my very being. And remember, it is never too late to start over, and it’s never to late to do good. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.(Forever thankful for Arys, for trading me an ARC of what I'm sure will be my favorite book of 2018! You will never know how much this means to me, but I promise I'll cherish this ARC forever. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and soul, thank you! 💖)
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Absolute perfection
  • Kat Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    The need is real. So very real.
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    PRE-ORDERED AND I CANT FREAKING WAIT!Look at that cover ❤ PRE-ORDERED AND I CANT FREAKING WAIT!Look at that cover ❤️
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    January 1, 1970
    WHEN DID THIS GET A COVER AND WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME?? Purple and silver are literally my favorite colors and this book will now match most of my wardrobe and my bedroom walls and this pleases me greatly.ALSO A RELEASE DATEI AM DECEASED -----------------------------Can we at least get a release date so I know how long I will be suffering?
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  • Hannah Greendale
    January 1, 1970
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Once upon a time, there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.* An aching, sumptuous, harrowing book. Muse of Nightmares is an exquisite dance of monsters and goddesses, mystery and romance, witchlight and wonder. More thoughts to come in my June Wrap Up. :D-*Note: Quote taken from an advanced reading copy.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Omg that cover and blurb! Happy Valentine’s Day indeed!
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    we have a blu-urb and OCTOBER SECOND WOO BOY💃🏻FUN FACT TIME: here's a Laini Taylor interview confirming that this series was set in the universe of Daughter of Smoke and Bone!// Strange the Dreamer - ★★★★
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    January 1, 1970
    I CAN’T BREATHE. THERE’S A RELEASE DATE, PEOPLE! THERE. IS. A. RELEASE. DATE!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~... AND NOW A COVER! HOLY DANG. Ehmm. Now, erm, if we could just.... you know, get the release date push forward?No? Too much? Alright, then.
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  • may ➹ (hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    if I still can’t unsee how “Nightmares” is more squished than the other words, I’m taking everyone down with me
  • Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    "what did you do for Valentine's day?" me: i cried over a cover also me: but i had chocolate
  • Steph Sinclair
    January 1, 1970
    MY QUEEN.
  • Fables&Wren
    January 1, 1970
    And there it is.. a cover.. and it's... beautiful... I'm a little weirded out because it doesn't match really with the theme of the first one.. but I am going to go with it and still appreciate how pretty it is <3- - - HI LOOK WAIT A RELEASE DATE!!!!! Ahhhhh! - - - Update: the 2018 is gone from the release date and now it can release in like 2099 and we would all be dead not knowing if this ends happily or not and I can’t I won’t I will not I need this book WHEN DOES IT COME OUT I CANT EVEN P And there it is.. a cover.. and it's... beautiful... I'm a little weirded out because it doesn't match really with the theme of the first one.. but I am going to go with it and still appreciate how pretty it is <3- - - HI LOOK WAIT A RELEASE DATE!!!!! Ahhhhh! - - - Update: the 2018 is gone from the release date and now it can release in like 2099 and we would all be dead not knowing if this ends happily or not and I can’t I won’t I will not I need this book WHEN DOES IT COME OUT I CANT EVEN PUNCTUATE RIGHT NOW I’m constantly checking to see if a cover is revealed. Ugh, I need this book. I miss Strange.
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  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    A glorious fantasy, full of pain, heartbreak, redemption and love. Possibly slightly undermined by a too neat ending? I haven't quite decided yet.This is how you write a sequel - you introduce a set of new intriguing characters with an expansive history of their own, and link their journey with the story of Weep, and make the whole thing 10 times fuller and more brutal.Frankly, I hadn't been super excited to go back to the conflict at the end of Strange the Dreamer. Lazlo/Minya standoff felt mor A glorious fantasy, full of pain, heartbreak, redemption and love. Possibly slightly undermined by a too neat ending? I haven't quite decided yet.This is how you write a sequel - you introduce a set of new intriguing characters with an expansive history of their own, and link their journey with the story of Weep, and make the whole thing 10 times fuller and more brutal.Frankly, I hadn't been super excited to go back to the conflict at the end of Strange the Dreamer. Lazlo/Minya standoff felt more or less of a forgone conclusion to me. But then Laini opened Muse of Nightmares on a new world, with two wonderful sisters who love each other and want to escape their small lives, and I was hooked and didn't want to go back to Weep. Things unfolded in Weep (and above it) slowly and not nearly as excitingly as in Nova and Kora's world. That is until the two worlds came together and exploded into so much drama, I could barely take it.I don't think you'll be disappointed in this sequel. You'll finally find answers to all the burning questions. You'll learn to love characters you hated before and you'll hate some that you thought you loved. And then there is Laini's absolutely gorgeous writing...An absolute delight to experience.
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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    If the UK cover isn't this exact shade of purple but in matte, I'm setting something on fire
  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Update: NOW LOOK AT THIS PRETTY COVER. THAT’S A YES FROM ME 🙌🏽UPDATE: OCTOBER??? YAY! It’s honestly better than I expected 😌👏🏼🎉 can’t wait to reunite with my babes Lazlo and Sarai 💙 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA THERE’S NO RELEASE DATE YET???????Hello, darkness, my old friend.
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  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    does "2016" mean i will be celebrating in three months or crying for fourteen?
  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    UK COVER COME THROUGH!!!!Look at this beaut though, jeezus! 😍--------------------------I'm currently in the process of reading Strange the Dreamer and wanting this book already even though I'm not even half-way through book one. US cover is great and all but let's be real, UK cover.. >>>>>>>>>*Possibly. This could go really wrong. Potentially. Highly doubt it, because UK cover > US cover. 🙃
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  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    January 1, 1970
    THERE. IS. A. RELEASE. DATE. AND NOW A COVERRRRRRRR!HALLELUJAH GODBLESS!
  • Roshani Chokshi
    January 1, 1970
    This story is a poem, but a specific kind: an elegy. There's grief in the lines, aching in the spaces. Laini captures the whole spectrum of lamenting — the rage, the sudden hollow where we think no light will ever illuminate us, and then . . . the exhaustion of it. How tiring it is to hold on to so much pain. How strong we are, not for holding on, but letting go. At the heart of this tale is a love story. An incredibly *sweet* love story, the kind only Taylor can summon from dreams and bless wit This story is a poem, but a specific kind: an elegy. There's grief in the lines, aching in the spaces. Laini captures the whole spectrum of lamenting — the rage, the sudden hollow where we think no light will ever illuminate us, and then . . . the exhaustion of it. How tiring it is to hold on to so much pain. How strong we are, not for holding on, but letting go. At the heart of this tale is a love story. An incredibly *sweet* love story, the kind only Taylor can summon from dreams and bless with wings.
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  • Jiana
    January 1, 1970
    14/02/2018: HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THAT COVER OH MY GOD!!!!! IT’S PURPLE AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    January 1, 1970
  • alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    wowowowowow i love laini taylor's writing SO MUCH. personally, i still enjoyed strange the dreamer better but muse of nightmares was still so so fantastic. I HAVE MANY FEELINGS GAHAVAIAN
  • Camile Souza
    January 1, 1970
    Ohhh that pretty cover is going to be looking good on my shelf let me tell ya.
  • Patricia Crowther
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher (Hodder and Staughton) in exchange for honest review. To be fair I’m still trying to figure how I got so damn lucky to receive this so a massive heartfelt thanks to Hodder! I always believe it’s important to understand where a reviewer is coming from when they start a review so you can judge for yourself how relevant this is to you!? Well, I absolutely adored Strange the Dreamer, it’s probably even an all time favourite and Muse was my most anticipated read of the y ARC provided by the publisher (Hodder and Staughton) in exchange for honest review. To be fair I’m still trying to figure how I got so damn lucky to receive this so a massive heartfelt thanks to Hodder! I always believe it’s important to understand where a reviewer is coming from when they start a review so you can judge for yourself how relevant this is to you!? Well, I absolutely adored Strange the Dreamer, it’s probably even an all time favourite and Muse was my most anticipated read of the year. So it had quite a lot to live up to and my expectations were astronomical to say the least. But in short, I was not disappointed! It was a rollercoaster of emotion and in all honesty one I really never wanted to get off. It was perfection!Muse continued immediately following that ending in Strange. And I really have to say it was a book of two halves. The first half felt like such an indulgent read. It focussed largely on our two main beloved characters and gave us some quality page time with them. The plot developed fairly slowly over the course of the first half but then became more and more intriguing and exciting. I genuinely think whatever your hopes and desires are for this book, you will be completely satisfied.I don’t want to go into everything I loved about Muse because a) I don’t like long assed reviews and b) I’d be here all day just gushing! So I’ll just highlight a couple of points:There were flashbacks at regular intervals and at first they felt a little jarring, I didn’t quite understand their point but they became more engrossing and eventually I found I just needed them. They were interesting and vital to the story development in the end.This is one of those reads where you get to love all of the characters, even the side characters and all for different reasons. They all had such depth. I loved that each had their own little journey in some way. In particular, Thyon’s realisation for the value of friendship and Suheyla’s heartache for the unknown in her past. Ugh and Eril-Fane!! <3Oh, I also loved Calixte and Tzara’s playful banter with Thyon. The innuendo around cannibalism was hilarious.What do I even need to say about the writing? This is a Laini Taylor novel! So of course it was written beautifully and the story telling was as awe inspiring as ever. Laini is as reliable as ever!I do want to say one final thing and that is that there were hints at more to come from these worlds, perhaps even that Taylor’s worlds formed a kind of (Brandon Sanderson style) cosmere?, and I for one am very excited about that!
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  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    one of the leading causes of death among readers is Laini's writing style!
  • Armina
    January 1, 1970
    Just spotted this and I can't breathe from excitement!!! A science fiction novel set in New York in the 1860's. Sci-fi, New York, Laini Taylor, expected in 2016!!! I'm doing the happy dance right now! YAY!
  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    Sign me the fuck up.
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