Strange the Dreamer

By Laini Taylor
Read by Steve West

18.34 Hours 03/28/2017 unabridged
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An instant New York Times bestseller! Eleven best of lists including an NPR Best Book, a Goodreads Best YA Fantasy and Science Fiction Nominee, and more! From National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor comes an epic fantasy about a mythic lost city and its dark past. 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 form of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? And who is the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams? In this sweeping and breathtaking novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage. The answers await in Weep.

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Summary

Summary

A Paste Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks for 2017

Finalist for the 2017 Audible.com Best of the Year in Young Adult Novels

A Boston Globe Book of the Year

A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year

An NPR Pick for 2017

A BookPage Best Book of 2017

A 2017 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A Booklist Editors' Choice

An Amazon Best Book of the Month 

An instant New York Times bestseller!
Eleven best of lists including an NPR Best Book, a Goodreads Best YA Fantasy and Science Fiction Nominee, and more!
From National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor comes an epic fantasy about a mythic lost city and its dark past.
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 form of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? And who is the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams?
In this sweeping and breathtaking novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
The answers await in Weep.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Steve West, tasked with giving life to Strange the Dreamer’s protagonists—human librarian Lazlo Strange and goddess Sarai—acquits himself with the gravitas and grace Taylor’s poetry demands. This is a performance and a book you’ll never want to end.” Paste magazine (audio review)
“Narrator Steve West’s British accent and measured pacing lend a feeling of gravitas to this fantasy. West creates voices for each character, starting with the open, curious tones of the main character, Lazlo…[and] harsher voices for Weep’s residents…To Sarai, the half-god teen who has been living in hiding and whom Laslo falls in love with, West brings a softer tone. Epic in scope but intimate in details, this production will leave listeners waiting for the next installment.” AudioFile
[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
* "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 (starred review)
* "Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next. Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Part adventure novel, part romance and part exercise in epic myth building, it’s gorgeously written and full of surprises.” NPR
“Momentum and tension build as love blossoms between two young people from warring factions, mysteries of identity develop, and critical events unfold in dreams…Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“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)
“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)
“Taylor examines slavery, trauma, memory, and appropriation, ending this first installment with a cliffhanger that leaves readers wondering if healing is even remotely possible. Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling.” Kirkus Reviews
“Poetic prose, finely crafted fantasy and oodles of adventure, peril, romance, redemption, gods, royals, and warriors. It’s a fantasy lover’s delight, with ever-higher flights of fancy brought crashing to earth and then soaring anew as the pages turn and the characters journey on.” BookPage
“Told from alternating points of view, this is complex but satisfying, a story about cultures meeting and clashing. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers frantic for the next installment.” VOYA

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Author

Author Bio: Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is the author of several novels, including the multiple award-winning Strange the Dreamer and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times, among others.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 18.34
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English