Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Publication date: October 2, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Coming-of-age, Fantasy
I don’t often get to write about books in a series one right after the other because there’s usually wait time until the next one comes out, but not today. I’m thrilled to be back with Muse of Nightmares, the final book in Laini Taylor’s duology about a fantasy world of gods and humans. I’m going to keep it brief because I want anyone who tries these two books to be as surprised and enthralled as I was.
By the end of Strange the Dreamer much has been revealed about the five teens, Lazlo, Eril-Fane, and the people of Weep. In Muse the meaning of an enormous white eagle that floated on the periphery of Dreamer comes into play. Its name is Wraith and its life began hundreds of years before Lazlo, Sarai, and Eril-Fane existed. Using this mysterious bird, Taylor goes back to the beginnings of the wondrous universe she created, planting the seed of a love so strong that once thwarted will decimate the lives of generations. Her expansive imagination is a marvel, unleashing a world magnetic in its pull. Muse of Nightmares is sweeping, mesmerizing, and entertaining at every level. This is a deeply satisfying reading gem with the kind of multilayered stories that make you dread the novel’s last page.
I’ve only recently started reading fantasy again, but Laini Taylor’s books make me wonder why I ever stopped. They may be young adult, but unlike YA romance, they feel ageless and provide complete escape, something I enjoy now, but know will be vital in 2024. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!
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