Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) (Hardcover)
Picking up exactly where Printz Honor Book Strange the Dreamer ended, Muse of Nightmares continues the story of dreamer Lazlo Strange and the fallen city of Weep.
The time has come Lazlo and the other godlings, still trapped above the city of Weep, to make a decision. With Lazlo's newly-surfaced ability, Minya finally has the means to extract the revenge she's been hungering for for over a decade. Wrathful Minya is the only one keeping Sarai from fading away, holding her soul in place after her death. Sarai's soul in the balance, Lazlo must make a choice: the girl he fell in love with in his dreams, or the citizens of Weep below.
Meanwhile in Weep, the citizens and soldiers are facing a similar battle. They came to know Lazlo as a person, accepted him into their city, and now he has turned out to be one of the godlings that they fear. Will they turn on him now, or will they decide that perhaps the time for hate has ended?
With so much pain and hate on both sides, it seems unlikely that a peace will ever be reached. Such an impossible feat could only be achievable in dreams. Could a dreamer and his new family make it a reality? Timely. Dreamy. Hopeful. Laini Taylor is a true artist.— Madeline
About the Author
Laini Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Honor Book Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares. Taylor is also the author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy and the companion novella Night of Cake & Puppets. Taylor's other works include 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 lainitaylor.com.
* "It is here, perhaps, that Taylor shines the brightest: she's always been a wordsmith, and this book is no exception."—Booklist, starred review
"A sequel that surpasses the original."—Kirkus Reviews
"Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other."—Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom
"Laini Taylor set my imagination on fire so hard that it spontaneously combusted...This is the kind of story that paves dreams."— Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star Touched Queen
"[A] must-read YA!"— USA Today
"Part adventure novel, part romance and part exercise in epic myth-building, it's gorgeously written and full of surprises."—NPR
"[One of] our favorite books of the year!"— Popsugar
"An epic world of gods, moths and nightmares; a world where the dream chooses the dreamer."— Justine Magazine
"Weighty as a nightmare and as transportive as the finest of fantasy, Laini Taylor's new novel will leave readers with miracles on their minds."— Hypable
* "Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "...Characters are carefully, exquisitely crafted, the writing is achingly lovely, and the world is utterly real...This is a thing to be savored."—Booklist, starred review
* "[Strange the Dreamer] has all the rich, evocative imagery and complex world-building typical of Taylor's best work. This outstanding fantasy is a must-purchase for all YA collections."—School Library Journal, starred review
* "The luxurious prose and complex world building invites and rewards slow reading....Here readers will find characters to love and ones to hate and, ultimately, a world to be willingly lost in."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
* [Readers] will dive into Taylor's gorgeous prose and brilliant imagery and relish this story about dreams, love, monsters, gods, ghosts, war, and alchemy. Told from alternating points of view, this is complex but satisfying, a story about cultures meeting and clashing."—VOYA, starred review
"[Laini Taylor] has spun another mesmerizing tale with captivating twists and turns, an array of intriguing characters, strange and beautiful language, and baroque flourishes of the imagination."—Horn Book
"Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling."—Kirkus Reviews