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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 the 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 gorgeous sequel to the New York Times best seller Strange the Dreamer.

©2018 Laini Taylor (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Amazing.

Really do I ever cry for a character. By the tears flowed free, the feelings conjured incredible. The love I felt for the characters, the flow of the story, the highs and lows .... all of them amazing. !!! Thank you Laini Taylor for brining this to life. Your a talent.

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Loved it

The first book was good but a little slow in places. The second book I thoroughly enjoyed, especially the character development and exploration of the history of the mesarthins.

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So magical and full of wonder

The performance of this audiobook was so captivating, truly enhanced the wonder of this story.

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Wordy and Repetitive

I enjoy the plot of the story... If there were a destintive one. A lot of information are repeated over and over, the same event described again and again from character to character within the same chapters, it felt like it was purposely dragged on for the sake of word count. I had to set the speed to X2 and skip through some parts to only get to the next "action", so much useless and repeated internal dialogues that doesn't move the story forward.

The story premise itself is fine, I liked the world building, however I did not enjoy the main love story, it felt like 2 teenagers "in love" rather than 2 early 20s YA IN LOVE. The story line following what happened in Weep held nothing at all, the discovery of the library and relationship building between characters are just fillers with none concequencial effect.

I was interested in Nova and Kora's plot, but it got generic towards the end, which was a shame.

I like the reference to DOSAB, It's nice to know the universes are connected.

I was more excited about the story towards the last hour of the story than the rest, it ended well in a happy ending which is fine.

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Fantastic!

Loved this book and this series. Had a great ending and even had me in tears.

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Fantastic book!!

Lani Taylor is an amazing author with an imagination beyond imagination!! This book was breathtaking!

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  • Julie
  • 17-10-2018

Amazon ending!

On of my favorit book series of all time! So deep, so Wonderfull!!! Love it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-2020

Four and a half stars

Sometimes it has too much romance for my taste, but I loved everything else. The author placed beatiful dreams within her story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-2019

Well DA-UMMN! 4.95 STARS What a legend.

This book was a ride, and I loved it! I feel like Kora and Nova were a little weird to add in somehow, but at the same time I guess it brought things full circle.
OKAYY: SO SPOILERSSS BELOW!




***SPOILERRRRSS***





Yeah lol to start, I'm in pessimistic final-exams mode: so, we're going to begin with the bit that feels a little rouge cause thats whats on my brain and then move onto the GOOD STUFFF!!
I'm not sure about Kora and Nova. I was very invested in them, and you start to wonder how they fit together, but some of it felt just a little...convenient. Also the adding of lots of worlds I am in two minds about, on the negative (cause that's what I'm about) it's a little out of the blue...(no pun intended), and maybe it's just been too long since I have read Strange, maybe other worlds were hinted at A LOT more (excluding the giants and angels tales). On the other hand, that's kinda cool ^-^ I love me connected worlds #thelongearthteam.
I also feel like Mr Pretty-boi, Thyon, came around much quicker than he should have. I will admit that he was having his butt kicked into shape, and dire situations are much more likely to make people change...but even so I feel like it's a liiitttle speedy 180 degree turn.
OKAY!! So now the fun stuff.
Let's just start with saying HECKERS Lani Taylor writes with pretty words. It almost feels like you're reading poetry half the time, but not in a magniliquent, flowery way. Just a way that opens your eyes to what the characters are experiencing. Very show don't tell (which, as a prodigy writer, I appreciate). All her characters have well filled in gaps, and they feel like they all have very unique voices and clashing-ish culture that come through.
I am not a massive romantic, BUT I WOULD KILL for Sarai and Lazlo. #yustheteam. They are one of my favourite ships ever,
かわいい!!! Minya, I loved getting to know her more, and seeing her grow is awesome. Don't get me started on how much the Godslayer and his wife made me choke up with "aww".
I'm going to cut things short cause my phone keyboard is being a menace and keeps trying to randomly correct words to stupid things.
But on a finishing note (There is goes! Tired to correct 'note' to 'more' for NO REASON)
This book carried through beautiful feels, I will admit that still a tiny piece if me in not satisfied, and if this is a trilogy (Which at first I thought it was)--then this is not how a trilogy arch flows. But I guess this just means that it's more than a trilogy YAY!
Unless, this is actually the end of these guys stories, which I wouldn't mind just so long as we see more in this world.
#allaboutmultiplestoriesinoneworld!! #diskworldyesboi
Okay bed time, another exam tomorrow.

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  • Deimante
  • 20-04-2019

Beautiful story, great narration

One of the most beautiful stories I've ever came across. I'm so happy that I found this duology, it is going directly to my favorites shelf. Also a very good narrator, the same as in the first book.

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  • Marjory
  • 11-10-2018

Perfection

Everything was perfect ! The audiobook and the writing. 10/10 would recommend! Read it now !

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  • Mazda
  • 14-10-2018

muse of nightmares

a must read for any and all dreamers. a captivating read till rhe very end. READ IT and thank me later

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  • A. Davies
  • 22-07-2019

More plot, less magic

Strange the Dreamer was about adventure, exploring, and whimsy. Lazlo is wonderful because he's so excited and humbled to go everywhere and meet everyone.

Muse of Nightmares is less about exploring, more about plot. We know Weep; we know the people who live in it, and what they can do; and there's a cliffhanger left over from book 1. This is the book where stuff happens.

A lot of people will love that, but I found it a bit of a shame. There's certainly a lot going on, with twists and drama (though I always had the feeling that "yes, I thought that was one of the things that might happen"), and various losses and goodbyes. It just feels like there's more superpowers, less magic.

(Still four stars because it's still sumptuously written - Laini has an amazing gift for descriptions - and gorgeously narrated by Steven West. And because it succeeds in what it is... it just wasn't what I'd come for.)

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  • Luke Priestman
  • 07-10-2020

Amazing series

This duology is one of the best stories I remember encountering. The plotting, world building, writing style and especially characterisation were superb, and it employed excellent versions of many of my favourite themes (gods, dreams, revolution, the interaction of consciousness, angels, parallel worlds, forgiveness). Minya in particular is one of the most interesting and moving characters I can think of.

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  • Olive4socks
  • 02-10-2020

what a gem of a book!

WELL! I've listened to Strange the dreamer & this book in the space of 3 says. Absolutely LOVE THEM!!!!! I'm ancient, 48yrs old....& I was immersed in their world & the characters. Flipping LOVED the characters, I've been crying my eyes out today, I won't say why, don't want to spoil anything...I've also gasped out loud & laughed out loud.
CHEERIO, I'm off to listen to Laini's other books now.
Honestly can't recommend these two books enough! If I'd encountered them sooner I would have named my favourite cat Lazlo Strange....I mean it!

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  • Anne
  • 08-09-2020

An emotional rollercoaster.

.loved it. couldn't stop listening.it brought tears to my eyes more than once. well done.

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  • andi alexander
  • 17-07-2020

Fascinating listen

Meticulous attention to detail, fascinating characters, spell binding story telling. What creative ideas within her worlds

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-2020

Magical

Wonderful imagery, great story, the plot isn't predictable or repetitive at all!
I love the characters and their development.
It's a feel good, for those who enjoy a story that's a delightful break from reality 💛

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  • andy rammell
  • 01-09-2019

Awesome... Great read... Captivating.

Loved it... Couldn't put it down.. Twists from one chapter to the next.. A must for avid fantasy readers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-2019

Amazing!

A bit slow to start off with but once it gets going it’s fantastic!
Love the narrator and absolutely loved this audiobook.

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  • danielle
  • 14-08-2019

I don’t normally prefer the sequel!!

Laini Taylor’s writing is so so beautiful and descriptive it’s like she actually takes you on a journey and I know that’s what a book is meant to do but this writer really achieves that. Steve West narration is amazing I can’t recommend this audio enough!! For me personally I preferred Muse of Nightmares to Strange the Dreamer, I loved how the story really came together and the characters by this point felt like old friends. Excellent story and amazing audiobook.

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  • Hafsah
  • 18-04-2019

AMAZING

Absolutely loved this! The narrator's voice and story had me continually hooked by this magical story! The hours went by so quickly!

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