Book Review

Book Review- Muse of Nightmares

Book: Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic, High Fantasy, New Adult

First Published: October 2, 2018

You can read my thoughts about the first book here: Book Review- Strange the Dreamer

After procrastinating and not being in the mood to read this book, I finally decided to pick this again last week and read it from the start. Before I continue, this is what this book is about:

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? Goodreads

The Story

I have to admit, the first time I read this was last year and I was not happy with the first chapter. I remembered that I was excited to read what will happen next after that ending from book one. Instead of jumping immediately to the aftermath, the first chapter introduced two new characters, Kora and Nova. And I was like, “Who the hell are you? I want Sarai and Lazlo. I don’t care about these two!”

So, instead of reading, I abandoned this book…up until I picked it up again.

I will split the story review between that of Kora and Nova and the main story.

First, Kora and Nova. The start was slow, I was still not into the story of Kora and Nova. After reading a couple of chapters about them, I am still not a fan of them both. But I had to read about them since their story is connected to the main one. This book nestled Kora and Nova’s story in between that of Sarai and Lazlo. Kora and Nova’s story started to be a bit interesting around, I think page 350 out of 514 pages. Reading the chapters about Nova felt like a bit of a drag for me.

Now, for the main story. It also started quite slow, a bit boring. As the story continues, and I finally reached the part I was dreading, I was not satisfied. No spoilers, of course, but it was anti-climactic for me. I remember that I was panicking about what would happen to Sarai after the events of the previous book but it was solved… in quite a boring way.

What saved the main storyline for me is my curiosity about what actually happened during the Carnage and the other things that they might discover, now that they can operate the citadel, all thanks to Lazlo. And also, not to mention Lazlo’s past.

The joining of the two storylines is what I liked the most in this book. Like the previous one, once the “action” happened, the story finally took speed. But the ending was, again a bit boring. For some reason, I was waiting for something epic to happen. But there is nothing. This is exactly what I felt after reading that one part in the book Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

Me: Wait, that’s it?


That ending was fine. I guess.

The Characters

As for the characters, for me the most interesting one is still Sarai, followed by Minya then Sparrow. I was still curious about what else is there in regards to Sarai’s abilities. The same goes for Sparrow. Meanwhile, I want to know more about what happened to Minya and why she really ended up that way. I appreciate that small character growth.

The best lola (grandma) award goes to Suheyla. I just like her but then again I have a soft spot for grandparents. I miss mine every single day.

The annoying one and probably useless was Ruby. I kept forgetting that she exists.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I had some high expectations for this book but it didn’t quite hit it. There are interesting parts but I just can’t appreciate it since all I can think of is how slow the book’s beginning is. I think the only reason why I didn’t DNF was simply that I genuinely want to know what would happen to the story. Anyone who read and loved book one would probably like this.

Before I go, here are some content warnings. This book discusses the topic of rape (off-page), child murder (off-page), slavery, and suicide.

What about you? What do you think of this book?

Despite all the things I was not a fan of, I can still see myself rereading this duology in the future.

That is it for me. Time to go back to work!

Have a good weekend guys and I’ll talk to you again next week.

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