Muse of Nightmares
by Laini Taylor
Published by Hachette Australia
Publication Date: 4th of October, 2018
Australian RRP: $19.99
“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 themselves 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?”
After reading three books in the first week of 2020, I decided I was finally motivated enough to take on a mammoth book I had been putting off for a year! Muse of Nightmares is the other half of the Strange the Dreamer duology that completes the story of Lazlo and Sarai. As I wrote in my review for Strange the Dreamer, I loved that book but it was difficult to get into for me. Being one of my most anticipated books of the year, I pushed through because I knew I would enjoy it but I didn’t really feel on the same page with it until I was at least a hundred pages into the book. I also read an ARC copy from Netgalley so perhaps having the physical book would have helped. However, it was still one of the most beautiful and fantastical books I read that year.
I read the first book in January of 2017 so it’s funny that I’m reading the second one in January of 2020 but, because so much time has passed, I was trying to put all the pieces back together in my head. The main characters were impossible to forget but I forgot the little details that went into the background so I did feel disconnected to some secondary characters. I think the secondary characters have such small roles in this book though so they weren’t standout. We’re also introduced to two new characters, an event at the end of the book ties everything together and explains their story but I still struggled to care about their path alongside Lazlo and Sarai’s.
Overall, I enjoyed this book while I was reading it but there wasn’t an even flow to reading it. The consistency of interest throughout the book was a rollercoaster. At the end of the book, I feel like I enjoyed the story and I liked the way it ended but I don’t know that it had to be so long because there were a few lulls that could’ve been cut to keep the story flowing at an interesting pace. I loved the moment between Lazlo and Sarai but Minya’s story was the most exciting of all the characters and I was hooked into every chapter that they delved deeper into her mind and her history.
Thanks for reading!