Book Description from Amazon
The dream chooses the dreamer.
Since he was five years old, Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to go in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself – in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep to cut it off from the world? What did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do many more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who visits Lazlo’s dreams . . .

My review
I had delayed reading “Strange the Dreamer” for nearly 3 years after buying it. Why? Having previously read the “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” trilogy, I knew roughly what type of story to expect; I knew it would be beautifully written, and creatively special.
But I also had a sort of dichotomy between wanting to read it, and wanting to keep the fizz of anticipation!
Finally, I opened its pages and dived in….
This series opener is a sensuous symphony of lyrical language, captivating characters, and incredible imagination. It is simultaneously a compelling tale of a foundling’s mystery, relationships of all kinds, and world-changing conflict … and a glorious illustration of the richness of dreams and fantastical realms. (If you’ve read our trilogy, then you’ll understand why!)
And of course the magical world contains lapis lazuli, which naturally is close to my heart! So there’s that. 😉
All in all, I emerged from the reading of Strange the Dreamer feeling that I have been immersed in an extraordinary otherworld of enchantment and curiosity, and learning and understanding … a world where so much is possible, and connection, love, and intimacy arise in unexpected ways.
Of course I am now looking forward to reading Muse of Nightmares … knowing the story so far, the fizz for this one has a different hue and taste. Maybe I’ll let that fizz bubble for a little while longer! 😉
If you enjoyed The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, I have no doubt you’ll revel in Lazlo Strange and Sarai’s journey, too. And, if you have a rich imagination or busy dreamlife, then this is surely right up your street!
This post was written several weeks ago, before I received the news in October that another of my beloved felines is poorly and needs extra TLC. So I’ve published this now in a sort of “Blue Peter: Here’s one I made earlier” fashion! I will probably dip into the blog and social media on an ad hoc, “baby steps” basis. That seems to be the best way to manage everything in my life at the moment! So I’ll take this opportunity to wish you all well, and end with a “Hopefully see you soon!”
Joanna | The Lazuli Portals
fiction for the awakening