Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Also by this author: Days of Blood and Starlight, Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Series: Strange the Dreamer #2
Also in this series: Strange the Dreamer
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.
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 astonishing and heart-stopping sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.
I’m not really sure where to even start with this one. I did like Strange the Dreamer when it read it but it did not blow me away by any means. I really wanted to see what happened after that big ending though so I went right into Muse of Nightmares.
The beginning of this book really blew me away. I just loved a lot of the quotes and situations that the characters were facing. I wanted to see how the individuals in the group of Godspawn were going to change in this story. It felt like things were finally getting serious and I wanted to see how our childlike characters from the first book were going to react.
Sadly after the great beginning I felt that the story suffered from the same things the first one suffered from. I felt that the plot was just really too slow at this point. The characters were also not changing much and were just sort of hanging around doing the same stuff they did in the first novel. I wanted more than lyrical writing, I wanted these sweet characters to grow up and stand up for themselves.
I never did get the things that I wanted to. I really only liked parts of this story and together it would not make a whole book. I wanted to see more of the storyline from the past because I felt it would have been the stronger story to tell instead of the weak minded one we got. I just ultimately am not a dreamer and I do not believe that characters should sit around acting like their issues will be solved by other people who are the warriors. This is truly a story of those left behind and how they have no clue what to do with themselves. The idea behind this story is a great one and I love the themes of what war and abandonment do to us but the characters were not the message here. maybe I just wanted them to be something they were not so I was disappointed in the end.
Overall, if you love stories that are about the dreamer class of characters then this is the book for you. There is a lot of great writing and quotes about war and struggle but that does not make up for the lack of character development in my mind.