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Muse of Nightmares

Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (862 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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Terrible over the top teen trash

the only reason i didnt return it was because i returned my last book and gave it a chance, which i should not have done. this was simply painful to get through. every character is an over emotional hyper exaggerated annoying mess. when everyone is hyper emotional, emotion stops being interesting or adding to the story. just awful. if you are 12 or this is the second book you have ever read then go for it. better to start at the bottom early in your reading career.

The only reason I took of points for the performance is that Steve West did these weird accents on a bunch of the characters. I don't know if he just made them up on his own or was instructed to do so but since the characters became extremely annoying the accents made it all the worst.

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I had hopes but...

I had hoped this sequel would not have more of the boring harlequin type romance that the first book had. If only she had left out all the sensuality, and semi-explicit sexuality. Don't waste your time. Listen to the Megan Whalen Turner Theif series read by Steve West instead. Far,far better books! I only listened to Muse of Nightmares because of Steve West who is a brilliant reader. If Laini Taylor could ever edit these books to make them clean then I would recommend them. She is creative and writes well so I have confidence she could get her story across without catering to teens with raging hormones looking for light porn mixed into a decent fantasy.

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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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These two books blew me away

What is there to say? The second half of the duology that started with "Strange The Dreamer" is every bit just as good as the first half, which pulled us in and drown us in wonder (only to strand us on a horrible cliffhanger.) The cliffhanger is resolved, and new characters are introduced, (or are they new after all?) The narrator does an amazing job, as before, his emotion and acting carry you through the story and keep you enrapt, waiting for what will come next. I enjoyed every moment of this book, even the bit near the end that had me crying at work.

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Wow. So Much Everything.

This is an intricate and colorful world, full of chaos and intrigue. I think this book requires a second, or even a third read. There's just so much to take in, that I have a feeling the experience would be a bit different each time I read it. For that reason, it should definitely be a series you purchase, instead of just borrowing.

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Really liked

Even better than the first one! Some truly creative stuff I haven’t seen in fantasy, a cool mix of original cultures and magic and steampunk. Really liked how it dived into the messed up psyches of the characters. Sometimes too on the nose though; I think the author could have given the readers a little more credit for being able to interpret and draw their own conclusions; the characters feelings and the morals of the story are spelled out a little too bluntly. That’s really my only complaint though! Wonderful, imaginative story, solid prose, compelling characters.

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Beautifully written and narrated!!!

A wonderful sequel! Enjoyed it as much as Book 1. Finished it wanting more. Will definitely be looking for more books by Laini Taylor.

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Good story, but a lot of musing

The story flows together well, but at time I find myself thinking “just get on with it.” She doesn’t necessarily ramble, but her characters do a lot of thinking rather than showing their emotions. Half the time I feel like I’m stuck in their head and I forget what they are doing. She also tends to jump from one character to another without a section break so you’re jolted in to a new perspective and back again. Overall the story is good but the writer needs a little more polish. I also felt the prices were quite high for what I got.

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Amazing

Love Laini Taylor! Her writing style and stories are incredible and so easy to get lost in. The narrator did a fantastic job with the characters as well!

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