Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer Series #2)

Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer Series #2)

by Laini Taylor

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The highly anticipated, thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer, from National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.
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 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 bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316341707
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Strange the Dreamer Series , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 26,393
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laini Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Honor Book Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares. Taylor is also the author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy and the companion novella Night of Cake & Puppets. Taylor's other works include the Dreamdark books: Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. Her website is

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Muse of Nightmares 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Muse of Nightmares is the eagerly awaited sequel to Strange The Dreamer by American author, Laini Taylor. After the exciting climax of book one, Lazlo finds himself blue (a god) while his new-found love, Sarai, once a god, is now a ghost, having not survived the fall from the citadel above Weep. Minya has Sarai’s ghost tethered, but what she’s demanding in return is surely too much? Meanwhile, the remaining faranjis make a discovery in the rubble of the exploded anchor of the citadel. And long ago, in a land far away, the youth of an arctic town hope for a change in their fates with the arrival of a strange ship of blue-skinned gods. Taylor concludes her duology by giving her clever and imaginative plot even more twists and turns. Her characters are suitably appealing or repulsive as required, although those stereotypically nasty ones develop further, proving all is not quite so simple. Taylor’s world-building is smooth and subtle: there are no info dumps here. Her descriptive prose is often gorgeous. This tale has all the required elements of a fantasy adventure: heroes and heroines, gods and goddesses with amazing powers, warriors, ghosts, monsters and fantastic craft, dreams and nightmares, alchemy, magic and a mysterious metal called Mesarthium, cruelty, coercion and kindness, romance and heartbreak, and all contained within a gorgeous cover. All that was left hanging in Strange The Dreamer (which must be read first) is beautifully resolved, while leaving some scope for further adventures. An utterly enthralling conclusion.
WitchyWriter 10 months ago
I went immediately from the end of book one into Muse of Nightmares. It was already past midnight, but there was NO WAY I was going to wait to find out what happened next. I stayed up as late as I could reading this one, got about halfway through, then finished it as soon as possible. This story is SO GOOD. These characters give me ALL THE FEELS. The exploration of healing generational trauma is exactly what we need in the world right now. The fantasy setting is unique, haunting and beautiful. The different narrative threads working to intertwine and meet up are compelling, keeping you on the edge of your seat. I would recommend this duology to literally anyone—people who don’t normally read fantasy or YA are missing out in general, obviously, but this duology has a little bit of something for everyone. We have a lot to learn about passing on trauma to new generations (and how to NOT do that, duh), and this story should be required reading so everyone can learn from it. Even better, the story doesn’t shove any lessons down your throat—it’s all subtle as we stay really close to the characters and their arcs. We learn from them because we care about them, and feel what they feel. Beautiful writing that encourages empathy. Laini Taylor is some kind of genius, everyone.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing, an immediate lifetime favorite
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
While the start of Muse of Nightmares continues from the moment and the consequences of the ending of Strange the Dreamer, once that particular antagonist has been neutralized, the plot moves on to explain several questions raised in the first book. In a non-linear timeline, the first half of the book sets up the antagonist for the second half by introducing us to a new character, Nova, through whose eyes we see the history of the Mesarthim and how they came to be in Weep. Sarai delves more into how her power would work now that she is dead, and there is an investigation into the events of the massacre through Minya. There is also a reveal about where the earlier born godspawn went, and what was it about that mysterious bird that brought Lazlo to Weep, and also tying in a bit to Taylor's other series, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, if only in world-building. One of the most interesting things about the series is how it captures the different characters as the leads of their own story, and how they feel justified in their actions. Each of them has their motives, each of them has their problems, and when they meet conflict is born. Minya's hate, while burning way too long, is justified in the pain she had faced. Eril Fayne, who we already knew was a tortured hero, forever weighed down by the slaughter he took part in to free his people, has to find his own version of peace. Nova has her own quest driving her, through all the hardships in her life, as her sister was taken by the Mesarthim. The godspawn's fear and hate of the residents of Weep is met with an equal fear and hate from them, and that is a thing that needs resolving because of the history they both are bound by. Actually what I got from it all is that while there are antagonists, there are no true villains here (well, except for that d-bag Skathis and his consort Isagol who started this whole mess, can burn in the endless darkness of the multiverse) in the present, which is a rare take in a fantasy story. A big part of the resolution is not about defeating the antagonists through brute force, but instead helping them get through and past the things that are holding them, be it their tortured past, their horrific memories, or their impossible quests. And yeah, sure there is a bit of action and fights, but that is an instinctive response, not a means to end the conflict. On the romance side, Lazlo and Sarai are as mushy as ever, but you can hardly begrudge them; there is also another couple hinted at. The writing of these teenage characters in a war-like scenario also keeps in mind that they are still young, and as such, have some light and comedic moments, as well as heartfelt moments. One of the best parts of the ending was that they finally get a parental figure to care for them. What can I say in the end, but that this was such a beautifully written and well-wrapped sequel of a book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author had D The author had a vivid imagination!
18876111 More than 1 year ago
OMG, this book is magical, beautiful and heartbreaking. I really enjoyed the introduction of the new characters and the backstory. I loved the relationships between the characters from the first book, and how they were more complex in this book. And the ending or was it? I loved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wayyyyy better than any sequel has a right to be! It was even better than the first, And managed to surprise me multiple times with things I haven’t even considered (and I usually have the opposite thing going on). Taylor is a great writer, fantastic world builder, and her characters are always growing and developing! First class.
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
I've said this before on Twitter, but I'll say it again for good measure: I was equal parts heartbroken and overwhelmed by joy after finishing this book. MUSE OF NIGHTMARES might be Laini Taylor's darkest novel to date--at least in my opinion--but it's also her best. Simply spectacular.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strange the Dreamer series- one of my new favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To put it simply, I love everything about Laini Taylor's books. They are so full of light and love while delivering strong messages at the same time. Her characters step right off the page (and into my heart), and even though they are fictional, I've learned so much from them. The world-building and magic is so finely detailed and it is obvious how much care went into crafting her plots. I am and forever will be a Laini Taylor fan, so the fact that Muse of Nightmares did not let me down is no surprise. Read my full review here:
Raine23611 More than 1 year ago
A stunning follow-up to Strange the Dreamer. Love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As good as the 1st
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. Lovely!