Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Title: The Muse of Nightmares
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: High Fantasy
Source: Hachette

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 Timesbestseller, Strange the Dreamer.
Review by Nara

After that horrific cliffhanger at the end of Strange the Dreamer, I have literally been waiting all year for the release of this beautiful novel. I can definitely confirm that the wait was 100% worth it; The Muse of Nightmares is worth all of the hype, and then some.

The backbone of Laini's books is always the characters. Her characters are absolutely wonderfully developed. Even the villain is so easy to understand, and the way that she shows us the various backstories and how they've been shaped by their experiences is so masterful. And her writing is so gorgeous; she has a descriptive prose that has a flow to it that makes it so easy to read.

I am absolutely loving the potential further books that Laini could be writing right now. She hasn't spoken about it yet, but I don't doubt at all that she's at least planning some extra short stories; those who have read Muse will know where I'm going with this one... won't elaborate because no spoilers though, of course!

Panacea Candidate
Overall: 10/10
Plot: 5/5
Romance: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
World Building: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 5/5