Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor Review

Hi Friends!

I am so excited to be sharing my review for the second book in the Strange the Dreamer duology, Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor! This is such an imaginative series and I am so excited to finally have my thoughts out with the concluding books!

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?

This will completely did not go how I expected, and that’s a good thing!! I was really scared to read this book, especially considering how the last one ended, I was afraid it would just be repetitive and uninteresting but Laini Taylor completely surprised me!
I loved getting to learn more about the mesarthim and the Godspawn/how they came to be. I thought Minya especially, a character who I hated in the last book, became so much more relatable here, or at least I could understand her motivations better.
I definitely think the book had a wider cast of characters, while the last book focused mostly on Lazlo and Sarai, I thought they were not as important as the rest of the people, but equal.
This is just a book I was not expecting to like as much as I did, and I was definitely holding off on reading it because of that. But I am so pleasantly surprised about this entire story as a whole!

4 stars

I really enjoyed this book and Laini’s atmospheric writing! I hope you enjoyed as well!
XOX Shelby Grace

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