Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) | Lani Taylor


Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor, March 2017, Hodder & Stoughton, RRP$19.99 AUD


The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Hachette Australia, in exchange for an honest review.

Please Note: all opinions are mine and are not endorsed with any company or organization. 



I thought that parts of the fantasy world were so unique and intriguing, but I also thought it was heavily influenced by places in the real world. I LOVED the different cultures and I hope to see more of this world in the sequel.


For a protagonist, Lazlo was pretty cool and I was definitely rooting for him. I just found him a little too ‘nice’ and—like the plot—rather predictable. I loved the comic relief from some of the minor characters, and the ‘antagonists’ added so much to the story (really, there would not have been a story without them).


Unfortunately, this is what let the book down for me. I won’t say too much because it is DEFINITELY better to go into this book blind. Even though the plot was interesting and engaging, all of the early reviewers were super mysterious about the book, and there wasn’t much to go on from the synopsis, and I still managed to guess every twist and turn, no matter how small, before it happened. Perhaps the foreshadowing was just a little too obvious for me and I picked everything up, but I also predicted the major plot twist before even starting the book. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the journey, I loved most of this book. I just felt disappointed that there wasn’t more to the conclusion and it seems I am unsatisfied when I’m right. I just wanted to be surprised JUST ONCE.


Lani Taylor’s writing style was beautiful—as everyone assured me it would be—and I’m so glad of that; it greatly added to my overall enjoyment of the book. I feel that a fantasy as epic as this needs that defining writing style.


Although I really enjoyed most of the book, I was just really disappointed with the ‘plot twist’ and the ending, which is affecting my review. I suggest you read other reviews before deciding whether or not this is the book for you.

I’m looking forward to seeing where the sequel goes (and hopefully not correctly guessing the entire plot before starting the book).


2 thoughts on “Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) | Lani Taylor

  1. I 100% agree about the ending. I also expected some major things, but also hoped some of those things (namely deaths) might not happen. In any case it’s so beautifully written and feels like an introduction to something epic so I’m looking forward to seeing where Muse of Nightmares takes the story

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