Strange the dreamer / Laini Taylor.

Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
loading   Processing Request
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: War orphan and junior librarian Lazlo Strange gets an unexpected opportunity to follow his dream of seeking the mythic lost city of Weep with the Godslayer and his band of legendary warriors.
    • ISBN:
      9780316341684 (hardcover)
      0316341681 (hardcover)
    • Accession Number:
    • Accession Number:
    • Accession Number:
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      TAYLOR, L. Strange the dreamer. First edition. [s. l.]: Boston, 2017. ISBN 9780316341684. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Taylor L. Strange the Dreamer. First edition. Boston; 2017. Accessed November 26, 2020.
    • APA:
      Taylor, L. (2017). Strange the dreamer (First edition.). Boston.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Taylor, Laini. 2017. Strange the Dreamer. First edition. Strange the Dreamer: 1. Boston.
    • Harvard:
      Taylor, L. (2017) Strange the dreamer. First edition. Boston (Strange the Dreamer: 1). Available at: (Accessed: 26 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Taylor, L 2017, Strange the dreamer, First edition., Strange the Dreamer: 1, Boston, viewed 26 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Taylor, Laini. Strange the Dreamer. First edition., Boston, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Taylor, Laini. Strange the Dreamer. First edition. Strange the Dreamer: 1. Boston, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Taylor L. Strange the dreamer [Internet]. First edition. Boston; 2017 [cited 2020 Nov 26]. (Strange the Dreamer: 1). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 January #1

*Starred Review* By now, fans of Laini Taylor know what to expect: beautiful prose, strange and whimsical fantasy worlds, sympathetic monsters, and wrenching, star-crossed romance. Her latest, first in a two-book set, certainly delivers on that, and there's something quietly magical at play here. Lazlo Strange, an orphaned infant who grew up to be a librarian, has had a quiet first two decades of life. But Lazlo, reader of fairy tales, longs to learn more about a distant, nearly mythical city, called Weep after its true name was stolen. When a group of warriors from that very place come seeking help, Lazlo, never before a man of action, may actually see his dream fulfilled. Weep, though, is a city still reeling from the aftermath of a brutal war, and hidden there is a girl named Sarai and her four companions, all of whom have singular talents and devastating secrets. What follows is the careful unfolding of a plot crafted with origamilike precision. This has distinct echoes of Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone (2011), though ultimately it's a cut above even that: characters are carefully, exquisitely crafted; the writing is achingly lovely; and the world is utterly real. While a cliff-hanger ending will certainly have readers itching for book two, make no mistake—this is a thing to be savored. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Taylor's long-anticipated latest arrives with a six-figure marketing plan, including a tour, promo swag, and plenty of publicity magic. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall

When the fabled city of Weep recruits the kingdom of Zosma's best minds for an undefined problem, lowly librarian Lazlo finagles a spot on the delegation. Meanwhile, "godspawn" Sarai has lived in a forified citadel over Weep ever since the gods were slaughtered for sexual violence. Taylor has spun another mesmerizing tale with captivating twists, intriguing characters, beautiful language, and baroque flourishes of the imagination. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #2

Lazlo Strange is a lowly librarian with a keen and singular interest in the mysterious city of Weep, which lost contact with the rest of the world over two hundred years ago. When an envoy from that fabled city suddenly appears at the Great Library in the kingdom of Zosma, recruiting the best minds for a formidable but undefined problem, Lazlo manages to finagle a spot on the delegation. Meanwhile, we are introduced to teenage Sarai, who is "godspawn"—half-human, half-god—and who for the past fifteen years has lived in an impregnable metal citadel that hovers in the sky over Weep, ever since the gods were slaughtered in retribution for their brutal acts of sexual violence. Sarai has the power to fragment her consciousness into a hundred moth-shaped pieces and send them down to torment the citizens of Weep with nightmares. Much to her surprise, Sarai finds that, unlike others, Lazlo can actually see her when she enters his dreams, and what starts as an uneasy alliance between enemies blossoms into an improbable romance that will have tragic consequences as the plot draws to its cliffhanging conclusion. Taylor's work (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, rev. 11/11, and sequels) sits at the nexus of the fantasy, horror, and romance genres. Here she 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; and, once again, she has set her readers up for an epic finale in the concluding volume of the duology. jonathan hunt Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 January #3

In the first book of a duology, Taylor (the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy) again creates a complex and layered world of battling gods and humans. The tale begins 200 years after humans wiped out the powerful Mesarthim in a war so devastating that the city where it took place was said to have vanished and became known only as Weep. Lazlo Strange, an orphaned young librarian raised by monks, is obsessed with Weep and dreams of traveling across a dangerous desert to find it. Almost miraculously, the opportunity comes his way, and Taylor's story takes shape in Weep itself where, unbeknownst to humans, five "godspawn"—each with a special power—and the ghosts that serve them still endure, waiting to take revenge. While the pace is initially slow, momentum and tension build as love blossoms between two young people from warring factions, mysteries of identity develop, and critical events unfold in dreams, thanks to the gifts of a blue-skinned godspawn named Sarai. Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next. Ages 15–up. Agent: Jane Putch, Eyebait Management. (Mar.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.