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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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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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  • AJ
  • 10-30-18

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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Beautiful

This book is just as stellar as the first. The scene-scape is so realistic, so very well done that the reader is really pulled into the landscape and city. I cannot recommend it enough!

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hauntingly beautiful

the combo of Laini Taylor's writing and Stece West's voice is absolutely beautiful. such an amazing and dark story.

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SO Good!

I loved the continuing story and old n new characters. Both books will surely be revisited.

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I’m at a loss for words...

I love this women’s writing so much. This story is beautiful, painful and filled with wonder.

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Delicious language .

Delicious language weaves enchanting characters in this beautifully crafted story. loved it to the moon and back.

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worth a read for sure

great story. AMAZING performance. only reason I didnt give everying a 5star is it was a little predictable at points for me. But it didnt take anything away from the imagination and originality the story has absolutley reccomend

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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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  • joan
  • Atlanta, ga,United States
  • 10-19-18

what an imagination the author has!

I loved this book with its places of fantastical beauty and people with magic powers, just as I did the first book.

In this 2nd book in the series, the story of the Mesarthim deepens, solves the puzzles of "Where did the Mesarthim come from?" and"What did they do with all the babies?"

The book is now setup for a third book, or even many more based on the answers to those two questions.

several characters evolved through the experiences in this book, while a few characters stayed largely the same, leaving on a hopeful note for everyone.

where Lazlo was the hero of the first book, we see Sarai show courage, strength, selflessness, empathy and innovation in the second book to save the day.

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