Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme managed by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s theme is ‘Reasons why I love [insert your favourite book title, genre, author, etc. here]’. I immediatelly thought about Laini Taylor. She is my favourite writer since I read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy six years ago. I loved the Strange the Dreamer duology even more when I read them a few years later. I regularly write about her books on my blog. But I never dedicated a whole post to them. Since these are fantasy books, Wyrd & Wonder seems the perfect moment for this post. So here I am talking about my all-time favourites and why I love them!
1. The beautiful writing style
Laini Taylor’s writing style is wonderfully poetic and dreamy, but it never slows down the story. She manages to perfectly capture feelings of despair, loss and happiness. And there is also some humour. I really admire the way she writes.
The main character of this duology is a soft-hearted, dreamy, but determined librarian. I loved him from the first page! Lazlo is obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep. He read every book that mentioned it. His biggest dream is to go there himself. I really enjoyed reading how his character develops throughout the story.
3. Muse of Nightmares is just as good as the first part
When a book is really good, I often have high expectations for the sequel. Often the second book doesn’t meet my expectations or simply disappoints me. Yet, Muse of Nightmares was possibly even better than Strange the Dreamer! The story continues where the first book ended and many things are clarified. The second book is crucial for the story. Only after reading it, I truly realized how brilliant the story is.
4. The amazing side characters
Every character in this duology feels real, because they all have their own story. Most of them also go through some character development. I especially loved how Laini Taylor wrote the “villains.” No evil for the sake of evil in this story. I actually don’t want to use the word villain for Thyon or Minya. Their motivation is so well-explained, that I felt truly sorry for them in the end.
5. The pretty covers
You really shouldn’t judge books by their covers… but these are so pretty! The covers fit the book perfectly and are just as beautiful as the story itself.
These are the reasons I love the Strange the Dreamer duology. And I haven’t even talked about the plot and the world-building yet…!