‘Muse of Nightmares’ by Laini Taylor is a book full of feeling.
Synopsis: Lazlo is now a God and Sarai is now a ghost. Neither know how to deal with their circumstances and what it really means to them, except that they want to be together. However, Minya – the controller of ghosts – still has hate in her hearts and her sights set on vengeance. With Sarai in her grasp, she has the perfect leverage to force Lazlo to do her bidding. When the Godspawn have the idea to drug Minya, Sarai realises that Minya dreams of a nightmare that is unchanging and in those memories, Sarai uncovers secrets that could change the course of all their lives.
Strange the Dreamer focused a lot of it’s energy on Lazlo and so I considered it to be his book. With regards to Muse of Nightmares, there were a lot of view points, sometimes there would be several on one page but the majority I felt was from Sarai’s. I understood the need for many POV’s in this book – there was a lot going on, both in the present and in the past – and as readers we got to see everything unfold from all angles without much, or any, repetition. This changing of view points made it more challenging to read. Not because the writing was bad, but because I am not use to that style. It’s a rich and heavy read because of the way it is written and I love it. But it did take me twice as long to read as it would a more main stream book.
I struggled to get into this book at first. It wasn’t until about a third of the way in that things started to happen. I got sucked in fully when Sarai entered Minya’s dreams, but up until then, I didn’t/couldn’t see where the book would lead. A friend had similar thoughts and we both confessed to wondering how anything was going to get resolved when nothing seemed to be happening. Now having finished the book, I couldn’t imagine it being written in any other way. There was a lot of foundation setting to that first part of the book that would later meld with character developments – so everything was needed.
I enjoyed coming back to these characters and even though there were a few times that we got to see things from Lazlo’s perspective, I missed him because those glimpses were not enough. After the first book, I got settled into his way of thinking/feeling/seeing and in this book its more about Sarai and how she copes with being dead, and then being tied to Minya. I also found Thyon’s character development quite sweet and I can totally see him partnered with Ruza because it looks like they’ve got a lovely thing going on.
Like I said, I wasn’t too hot on it at the beginning, and even though the pace wasn’t as fast as I am use to, I did really enjoy it. I love that these books are set in the same ‘universe’ as A Daughter of Smoke and Bone and that some parts of this trilogy were referenced in Muse of Nightmares. I like they are connected in some form and there’s definitely enough room for Laini to play with for future books.
“Once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.”
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