Muse of Nightmares

Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,484 ratings)

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The highly anticipated, thrilling sequel to the New York Times best seller, Strange the Dreamer, from National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the best-selling 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 best seller, Strange the Dreamer.

©2018 Laini Taylor (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Laini Taylor] has spun another mesmerizing tale with captivating twists and turns, an array of intriguing characters, strange and beautiful language, and baroque flourishes of the imagination." (Horn Book)

"A sequel that surpasses the original." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Part adventure novel, part romance and part exercise in epic myth-building, it's gorgeously written and full of surprises." (NPR)

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Just. Wow.

Honestly, I loved it as much as the first one. this series was my first on audible, because I'm picky about the person who reads it. But the guy who read these had a really nice, smooth, soothing voice. He was also really good at all the voices. I loved the story because it was so new and original, and I would recommend it.

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wonderful ride

loved the whole book. the resolution is very satisfying and the language the author implements is breathtaking at times.

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Better than the 1st!

This book definitely doesn't fall into the second book slump. I, personally, loved this one much more than the first! Very excited for those who have waited for this one!

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great

good story continuation, just more of a sexual focus than I was really wanting. Still drawn into the world and the story! You get more in depth with all your favorite characters from Strange the Dreamer

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Storytelling at its best!

Loved every bit of it! Taylor is a true artist with words. She paints such vivid worlds and follows the details through to the end. It's such a joy to read and listen to her books. West is a fantastic narrator!

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Laini Taylor Muse of Fairy-tales

The reader for this audio book is quickly becoming a favorite. The tenor and rythm of his reading, the uniqueness of each characters voice makes this story come alive

Just like Strange the Dreamer you are transported into the magic and wonder the is this world. I feel a hint of what Laini's next story might be at the end of this book and it makes me giddy for what ever Laini gifts us with next!

All in all, do yourself and your ears a favor. Listen or read this duologue! It will not disappoint.

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'Slower story? Yes. But I loved it!

Strange the Dreamer Duology, Book Two: Muse of Nightmares || Ratings: Overall: 5/5 stars. Performance: 4/5 stars. Story: 5/5 stars.

Review: I can definitely see where many people find this duology too slow, but I loved it! Just … wow. I’m lost for words. The narrator was perfect, for one. And then the story was just gorgeous, in my opinion! There was so much raw emotion in this story, so much beautiful writing, prose, and imagery. The characters were so well-built and vivid, coming right off the page and the antagonist had well-written motives, which is something I adore!

I really felt it all came together well and had a good conclusion in the end. These books were unlike anything I've read, that I can recall. I loved it so much and I definitely recommend this series!

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Laini is a wordy lady

So it was nice to see a conclusion to a lot of hanging threads from the previous book and Thyon does get some redemption. But I have found that there are times Taylor goes on and on about someone’s feelings/love for someone else that makes me keep tapping the forward button. I get it, can we go back to the interesting bits? There are some great quotes and visual imagery in these books. I will definitely continue to listen and will probably have to skip a few extra mushy bits along the way.

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This is the most imaginative duology I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Both books are excellent and are best enjoyed in big, greedy gulps, from beginning to end.

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Beautiful story lacking in editing

Lovely words and images and characters. Clear lack in editing - how many times is the phrase “they all held their breath” used! Narrator is terrific for all characters except for Nova - his voicing of her is so grating (the 200 yr old leader and warrior sounds like a dumb Russian blonde) that the last quarter of the story is hard to get through.