Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor review

Strange the Dreamer

Hi Everyone,
I’m back today to review Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. A book so magical and lovely it’s hard to describe, but I will do my best with no spoilers.

Strange the Dreamer is book one of what I believe is a duology (2 book series.) It mainly follows the story of a young man named Lazlo Strange. He grew up as an orphan raised by monks in Zosma, but he’s also had a complete fascination with the mysterious lost city known as Weep. Then miraculously the day arrives where he has an opportunity to find out what really happened to the lost city.

Like I said this is spoiler-free because I don’t want to ruin what is probably going to be my favorite book of the year. So, I won’t be talking about the details of the plot, but more about the structure, characters, and the writing itself.

The Basic Plot of Strange the Dreamer

At its heart Strange the Dreamer is a fantasy story, but not a typical one.

Our main character is not your typical hero. There isn’t a lot of magic, only a few distinct powers certain characters have. One character is even determined to find out the scientific workings of the world.

It’s a unique magical adventure.

We start in Zosma with Lazlo working as a junior librarian, when a man known as the God Slayer comes to town looking for people for a secret mission. They won’t know what they are to do until they get to Weep.

While that is the basic plot, there is a lot more to the story that I won’t go into, you’ll just have to read it.

Strange the Dreamer Characters

Each character is fully fleshed out, their personality traits make them each distinct. They each feel like a real person, and you will have an opinion about each of them, good and bad.

Our main characters stand out in the crowd, but the side characters don’t fall by the wayside. This is particularly the case on the journey from Zosma to Weep. We get a good glimpse at a lot of side characters and their individual journeys to this point.

You feel what they feel, and sometimes you just want to give them a big hug or slap them.

Laini Taylor’s Writing

If you’ve never read a book by Laini Taylor I highly recommend you rectify that immediately.

I swear she could make the dictionary a compelling magical story.

Her writing is lyrical and beautiful, you want to savor it but you also don’t want to put the book down. The words simply dance on the page and fill you with happiness.

I will read whatever she puts out next simply to read more of her writing, doesn’t matter what it’s about.

Go Forth and Read

If I haven’t made this clear enough, I thoroughly loved this book and give it a million stars.

If I haven’t managed to convince you yet to read it, I highly recommend you still give it a shot. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Thank you for reading! If you have read it let me know what you thought in the comments!

Taking the Blog in a New Direction

Hi Everyone,
First of all, I’m sorry it’s been a little while since I last posted. I’ve been feeling conflicted about what to blog about. Having started several different posts I wasn’t feeling connected to any of them. 

What I’ve been writing feels too surface level and doesn’t have much meaning. It has felt like something is missing. That’s why I haven’t been writing in the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been able to figure out what.

Let Me Explain 

This blog project was originally intended for a few things: creating samples of writing to show potential writing clients (which I haven’t’ tried very hard to find) and to get my feet wet with writing again (which I think I’ve successfully done.) I think it’s time to start taking this blog in a slightly different direction.  

Right now, I’m not feeling satisfied by a lot of what I’ve been writing here, but I’m glad I did it. From here I need to get back to working on my fiction writing, which I kind of started in July I just haven’t’ gotten very far yet. I also want to create posts I’m proud of. 

Story in the Works 

I’ve had one particular story in my head since I was about 16 (that was 8 years ago) and I’ve done a lot of work on it over the years, but it’s still far from complete.  Lately, I’ve been feeling that I won’t be able to write anything new until I finally finish it. Every time I do, it always comes back into my head and starts influencing what I’m working on. 

Unfortunately, one major thing is standing in my way right now. I can’t find the file. I got a new computer a few months ago and it doesn’t appear to be backed up in the places I thought it was. So that’s clearly step one before I can do anything else. Luckily, I do have a hard copy, so if all else fails, it’s not completely lost forever. I’ll just have to type it all over again. 

What about the Blog? 

Don’t fret, I plan to continue doing this, just in a different way. I’ve talked about my art and writing a little bit on here, but I want to talk about them more. I will write about what I’m currently working on, any classes I’m taking about the subjects, and talk about things on those subjects. I will also continue making reviews for books and movies. There have only been a couple so far, but there are more to come I promise. 

Thank you so much for sticking with me. If you have any thoughts about this change and moving forward please leave them down in the comments. I look forward to making more content I’m passionate about and sharing my journey with you.

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Hi Everyone,
Today, I would like to share my thoughts on the book series Memoirs of Lady Trent, which I’ve really enjoyed so far. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan is book one in the five book fantasy series. I recently finished book three, Voyage of the Basilisk, and with each book, I’ve just loved it more.

The Series at a Glance

I came for the dragons and found there’s actually a lot more to this series than expected.

These books are the fictional memoirs of Isabella, Lady Trent. She is the world’s premier dragon naturalist. The series chronicles her many adventures in search of dragon’s to study.

There are five books in the series; each book focuses on a specific expedition in Isabella’s life. The title gives you a clear picture of what will take place, at least once you start reading.

While on the expeditions we follow as Isabella discovers more about herself, love, friendship, loss and the politics of the world.  I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there are some wild rides.

A Natural History of Dragons

Book one starts at the beginning of Isabella’s life, long before she became a widely known dragon naturalist. We watch as she grows into a young woman. Unlike the sequel books, it takes about halfway to get to the “expedition” portion, but it is still well the worth the wait.

It is primarily set in the country Scirland, which is a clear parallel with Victorian England with all of its traditional rules. The only clear difference is the dragons, obviously.

Isabella has an innate love for these creatures without having much knowledge of them, at this point nor does anyone else. When she is still young, her father gives her a book called A Natural History of Dragon.

She reads it over and over again, growing her love and need to study them further, which *spoiler alert* she does.

Now Go Read it

If it isn’t clear, I highly recommend this series. If you like stories about people’s lives, struggles, romance, adventure, or dragons, then you should pick this up. It has something for everyone.

Even if you aren’t sure, the books are only all just over 300 pages (which are really short for fantasy books) so it’s not a huge commitment.

Have you read these? Let me know what you thought in the comments, even if you didn’t like them!