Thursday, January 30, 2020
Review and quotes: MUSE OF NIGHTMARES
Title: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Book Beginning 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.