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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Review and quotes: MUSE OF NIGHTMARES

Title: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Book Beginning quote:

Friday56 quote:

Summary: Muse of Nightmares is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Since it is a sequel to a wonderful book that ended on a huge cliff-hanger I hate to give too many details because that would mean I'm letting out spoilers. So let me ask a few questions which likely are answered by the end of the book: As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, will the mysteries of the Mesarthim be revealed? Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with the thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? As forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed will the heroes slay the monsters, or is it possible to save them instead? Will Lazlo be able to save everyone he loves?

Review: I LOVED Strange the Dreamer, published in 2017. So it is shocking that I didn't immediately read its sequel, published in 2018, the minute it was available. It's a pity I didn't because I'd forgotten a lot of the details making the first one third of this book a bit of a muddle.

The book was divided into five parts. At the beginning of each part a word is defined and described (see Book Beginning quote.) I liked challenging myself to find the word used somewhere in the text. The book introduced a lot of new characters but also reunited us with the whole cast of characters from the first. In other words, there were a lot of humans, gods, and godspawn to keep track of.

Though it took a while to get realigned with the plot, I loved the story. It was so intricate and surprising. Quite a bit of back-story filled in gaps and there was even a little peek at a mystery from one of the author's other series, The Daughter of Smoke and Bones. What a little thrill.

I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed the production. Overall, I am glad I read it finally.

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  1. This book sounds fantastic, and I've heard such wonderful things about it! It's funny how just a definition as an opening can make me so curious. I've been really looking forward to reading this duology ... I just sort of haven't had a chance yet? Thanks for reminding me that I need to!

    Here's my Friday post.

  2. The descriptions give us a great sense of place, with enough information to also draw us into the story. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: ‘DEEP STATE”

  3. I'm not sure I've read that series. Sounds like a good one!

    1. Not sure if you've read the first book or not. I think you'd remember it.

  4. Sounds up my alley!! I love that beginning, I'm so intrigued!! Happy weekend!

  5. Not sure what I think about the book, but no tattoo around my navel thank you! LOL
    I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine! https://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.com/2020/01/its-cozy-food-friday-that-means-its_31.html Gayle Trent

  6. Sounds like something I'd like. Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  7. I really need to read this author!

  8. It's always strange to love a book, promise to read the sequel when it comes out, then not. I have that happen to me often. It's great when the sequel lives up to the expectations.

  9. Sometimes it is good to discover trilogies or series that have been published for awhile so you can devour them in order. Keeping track of multiple characters doesn't sound easy. The first sentence does hook me, though.

  10. I like the first part, but not sure about having to keep track of multiple characters.


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