Magical, wonderful, disappointing.
Strange the Dreamer was the first book I read by Laini Taylor , and it blew me away.
It was that perfect surprise, a book you did not expect much of, an author you had never really noticed, and a mesmerising, remarkable story conceived by an unrestrained imagination. Unsurprising then, that I had been eagerly waiting to once again be granted the privilege of entering the world of this gifted storyteller, and so I dove into Muse of Nightmares at the first available chance and got lost in the best possible way.
“It’s the mind. It’s the most complex and astonishing thing there is, that there’s a world inside each of us that no one else can ever know or see or visit.”
Muse of Nightmares is a wonderfully magical tale that brings this duology to a perfect, spellbinding conclusion. The tale Laini Taylor has spun, is as captivating and exciting and amazing as most people were hoping for and it won’t’ disappoint them. But it was not everything I was hoping for. And it did disappoint me. To be perfectly clear, I loved it. It was sooo close to perfect. But just not. I will be in the very, very small minority here though, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
Firstly, the pure lyrical prose that is the writing in Strange the Dreamer is just not present in Muse of Nightmares to the same degree. It is there. But… less. If you have read the first book, you will know what I am referring to, because the writing is just out of this world. I have not read anything else she has written (apart from Strange the Dreamer) and am therefore not able to make comparisons, but this book was not in the same class as the former. I cannot even chalk it up to me building up book one’s writing in my mind, as I reread Strange the Dreamer in anticipation of the sequel, and it is, for lack of better comparison, just more beautifully written than Muse of Nightmares.
Lastly, two of the most tortured characters in the book did not get the HEA that I rooted for, and another couple did get a HEA, but not the one I wanted for them, and these placed a bit of a damper on my enjoyment. What can I say… I want what I want. *shrugs
Now that that’s out of the way, I have no hesitation in saying this is a series I highly recommend and love, and will be re-reading for many years to come. Do not do yourself the disservice of not reading it. Despite my issues with it, this book is superb, and Laini Taylor has written a singularly sublime series that will amaze and delight many more readers, for many more years. Without a doubt, there is nothing else like it.
“Once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.”