This duology was recently recommended to me by a friend and I was intrigued by the premise. I loved the first book, Strange the Dreamer. And then the second one, Muse of Nightmares, was good, but much, much darker – which I kind of anticipated going into it. Even though I loved the first one, it was a few weeks before I felt emotionally ready to take on the second one!
The story centers around Lazlo Strange, who dreams of finding the Lost City. He does find it, but that’s only the beginning of the adventure, involving gods (or are they demons?), mysterious powers, and dark deeds that are still haunting the people who did and witnessed them. The second book in particular focuses in on horrible events of the past, and the way the trauma lives on for the people who experienced them. There is a happy ending – I kind of felt all along that there would be, despite the darkness – but it was a rough journey along the way.
There’s a really lovely, lyrical, magical quality to this duology, especially the first book. Even though we begin to skirt into areas that could be science fiction, especially in book two, it always keeps a very fantasy feel. There’s some really cool and creative magic in here that I enjoyed. There’s also a rather lovely romance that I enjoyed as well. Continue reading “Book Review: Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares”