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Muse of Nightmares

Strange the Dreamer, Book 2
Narrated by: Steve West
Series: Strange the Dreamer, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (328 ratings)

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Summary

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 the 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 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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More plot, less magic

Strange the Dreamer was about adventure, exploring, and whimsy. Lazlo is wonderful because he's so excited and humbled to go everywhere and meet everyone.

Muse of Nightmares is less about exploring, more about plot. We know Weep; we know the people who live in it, and what they can do; and there's a cliffhanger left over from book 1. This is the book where stuff happens.

A lot of people will love that, but I found it a bit of a shame. There's certainly a lot going on, with twists and drama (though I always had the feeling that "yes, I thought that was one of the things that might happen"), and various losses and goodbyes. It just feels like there's more superpowers, less magic.

(Still four stars because it's still sumptuously written - Laini has an amazing gift for descriptions - and gorgeously narrated by Steven West. And because it succeeds in what it is... it just wasn't what I'd come for.)

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Awesome... Great read... Captivating.

Loved it... Couldn't put it down.. Twists from one chapter to the next.. A must for avid fantasy readers.

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Amazing!

A bit slow to start off with but once it gets going it’s fantastic!
Love the narrator and absolutely loved this audiobook.

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I don’t normally prefer the sequel!!

Laini Taylor’s writing is so so beautiful and descriptive it’s like she actually takes you on a journey and I know that’s what a book is meant to do but this writer really achieves that. Steve West narration is amazing I can’t recommend this audio enough!! For me personally I preferred Muse of Nightmares to Strange the Dreamer, I loved how the story really came together and the characters by this point felt like old friends. Excellent story and amazing audiobook.

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AMAZING

Absolutely loved this! The narrator's voice and story had me continually hooked by this magical story! The hours went by so quickly!

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gorgeous amazing moving loveliness

combining trauma healing, string theory and attachment theory in a beautiful story. About Gods and ghosts. I loved it.

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Fantastic

Fantastic read cannot recommend highly enough. This story has made me want to go read her other books too. I imagine this is a story I will enjoy again and again over my lifetime

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Amazing!

I'm so upset that this is now finished! Loved this story so much and all the characters

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fantastic conclusion!

I think I preferred the first book slightly more however, this was an amazing conclusion. it added a new dimension to the story, while developing the one that had already been set up. occasionally I felt some parts were over described, or repeated one too many times, but overalls this is a beautifully described world, with a whole cast of interesting characters. this was clearly a well thought out story and I hope there are more books in this world.

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outstanding writing.

This has to be one of the best-written books I have ever known. Some of Laini Taylor's sentences had me almost gasping with their brilliance. Her use of the English language is second to none.
The Narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life and making the story so believable.


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  • Julie
  • 17-10-18

Amazon ending!

On of my favorit book series of all time! So deep, so Wonderfull!!! Love it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-20

Four and a half stars

Sometimes it has too much romance for my taste, but I loved everything else. The author placed beatiful dreams within her story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-19

Well DA-UMMN! 4.95 STARS<br />What a legend.

This book was a ride, and I loved it! I feel like Kora and Nova were a little weird to add in somehow, but at the same time I guess it brought things full circle.
OKAYY: SO SPOILERSSS BELOW!




***SPOILERRRRSS***





Yeah lol to start, I'm in pessimistic final-exams mode: so, we're going to begin with the bit that feels a little rouge cause thats whats on my brain and then move onto the GOOD STUFFF!!
I'm not sure about Kora and Nova. I was very invested in them, and you start to wonder how they fit together, but some of it felt just a little...convenient. Also the adding of lots of worlds I am in two minds about, on the negative (cause that's what I'm about) it's a little out of the blue...(no pun intended), and maybe it's just been too long since I have read Strange, maybe other worlds were hinted at A LOT more (excluding the giants and angels tales). On the other hand, that's kinda cool ^-^ I love me connected worlds #thelongearthteam.
I also feel like Mr Pretty-boi, Thyon, came around much quicker than he should have. I will admit that he was having his butt kicked into shape, and dire situations are much more likely to make people change...but even so I feel like it's a liiitttle speedy 180 degree turn.
OKAY!! So now the fun stuff.
Let's just start with saying HECKERS Lani Taylor writes with pretty words. It almost feels like you're reading poetry half the time, but not in a magniliquent, flowery way. Just a way that opens your eyes to what the characters are experiencing. Very show don't tell (which, as a prodigy writer, I appreciate). All her characters have well filled in gaps, and they feel like they all have very unique voices and clashing-ish culture that come through.
I am not a massive romantic, BUT I WOULD KILL for Sarai and Lazlo. #yustheteam. They are one of my favourite ships ever,
かわいい!!! Minya, I loved getting to know her more, and seeing her grow is awesome. Don't get me started on how much the Godslayer and his wife made me choke up with "aww".
I'm going to cut things short cause my phone keyboard is being a menace and keeps trying to randomly correct words to stupid things.
But on a finishing note (There is goes! Tired to correct 'note' to 'more' for NO REASON)
This book carried through beautiful feels, I will admit that still a tiny piece if me in not satisfied, and if this is a trilogy (Which at first I thought it was)--then this is not how a trilogy arch flows. But I guess this just means that it's more than a trilogy YAY!
Unless, this is actually the end of these guys stories, which I wouldn't mind just so long as we see more in this world.
#allaboutmultiplestoriesinoneworld!! #diskworldyesboi
Okay bed time, another exam tomorrow.

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  • Deimante
  • 20-04-19

Beautiful story, great narration

One of the most beautiful stories I've ever came across. I'm so happy that I found this duology, it is going directly to my favorites shelf. Also a very good narrator, the same as in the first book.

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  • Marjory
  • 11-10-18

Perfection

Everything was perfect ! The audiobook and the writing. 10/10 would recommend! Read it now !

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  • Mazda
  • 14-10-18

muse of nightmares

a must read for any and all dreamers. a captivating read till rhe very end. READ IT and thank me later