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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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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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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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Worth wading into

The fantastically strange and beautiful worlds this book is set in take a while to unfold. Give it time. Wade in slowly and let it swirl around you. Get lost in the rich, weird descriptions. The characters and their stories will seep in and catch you up in their epic struggles. The reward is a surprisingly uplifting tale, magically told.

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All the stars. ALL THE STARS.

Laini Taylor is flawless. Steve West is flawless. This was everything. I enjoyed every second of this.

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So good

The narrator was amazing, the story beautiful. I wish there was more to listen to

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Fantasy fiction at its finest

Laini Taylor creates multiple new worlds with intertwining stories of wonder, beauty, love, grief, pain, and magic. I hope she writes more. My heart aches to follow the new adventure!!

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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!