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Muse of Nightmares

(Strange the Dreamer #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  37,679 ratings  ·  6,866 reviews
The highly anticipated, thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer, from National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.She was wrong.In the wake of tragedy, neithe ...more
Published November 2nd 2018 by Hachette Audio (first published October 2nd 2018)
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MP Her website says it will be a duology: " You may recall, when [Strange the Dreamer] was initially announced, that the title was given as "The Muse of …moreHer website says it will be a duology: " You may recall, when [Strange the Dreamer] was initially announced, that the title was given as "The Muse of Nightmares." Well, I still love that title too, and am happy to say that it will serve as the sequel to this book, which has morphed, in the writing, into a duology. A duet. A pair. A one-two punch." (less)
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chai ♡
This book holds more wonder and beauty than most places in the world. It’s as if the universe decided that it was tired of being so immense, so it compressed all of its complexity and splendor into a smaller form just so it could make everyone around it feel like they were a part of the stars.

This whole experience already feels so far away—like something out of a dream—and the whole of my being is wrapped around so much fondness and aching love for this series. I genuinely wish I could find some

ARC provided by Hachette in exchange for an honest review.

1.) Strange the Dreamer ★★★★★

“I would have chosen you, if they had let me choose.”

Strange the Dreamer was my favorite book of 2017, and Muse of Nightmares is probably going to be my favorite book of 2018. These two books just bring so much love into my heart, and so much hope into my soul. I have no word combinations to ever begin to describe how much this book meant to me, or to do a review worthy of it, but I am going to try
Emily May
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, arc, 2018
Good little girls don’t kill. They die.
And Minya was not a good little girl.

I know a lot of us were expecting Muse of Nightmares to be good, but I have to say, this book actually exceeded my expectations. I have a lump in my throat and I can't stop thinking about it. I usually spend time making detailed notes while reading a book but, at one point, I opened Notes on my computer just to type "oh fucking god, this is so good".

No spoilers, of course. The beginning opens by introducing us to two
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Absolute perfection
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
11-1-18 Look what came today! I already showed Strange the Dreamer but I got Muse of Nightmares too through Illumicrate with Silver Sprayed Edges to go with the front of the book. A dream journal, beautiful art work and a letter from the author and signed editions. Just keep them coming! ♥

Do y'all like my funko pop I made of Sarai? I would liked to have made a better one but it's okay =)

Listened to the audible first thing. I can't even right now!! I love Laini Taylor!! God, this book. More thoug
Caz (littlebookowl)
Wow. I am in awe of Laini Taylor's ability to craft such a magical world, beautiful characters and fascinating plots. I loved every minute of this journey, and now that I've finished, I'm just so impressed by how the author tied up this series. WOW indeed.

Now to reread this series again!
Helena of Eretz ✰
Re-read with Laura, Lynn, and Alison ... Because we can't only read the first one! AHHHHHHHH! :D

“There comes a certain point with a hope or a dream, when you either give it up or give up everything else. And if you choose the dream, if you keep on going, then you can never quit, because it's all you are.”



This is what I looked like on release day. In fact, I didn’t even wait for the school day to end before bolting to the bookstore in excitement. Who ca
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then i found you, and now everything is music.’

i am so enchanted with this story, which lives and breathes magic. ‘muse of nightmares’ is the inspiration for dreams and the home of beauty. it is the sequel i have been desperately waiting for.

my love for ‘strange the dreamer’ came entirely from lazlo. he was such a delight. a reader, a dreamer, a man after my own heart. i loved following him on his journey and seeing
My heart is so. Full!


Initial review.

This is how I woke up feeling this morning.


I thought I could not review Strange the Dreamer properly because of how much I loved that book and though I did kinda manage to review it, I’m not even going to try with this one.

My mind is exhausted. Laini Taylor had a field day with it and I am wiped. The reading experience I had with these books could be summed up in two words: healing and spiritual.

I can’t wait to revisit this world and all it encompa
High Lady of The Night Court
Once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.

This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. I am always mesmerized by how much emotion a single word can carry and Laini Taylor has honed that skill to perfection. Her writing is truly divine. Every time I read one of her books I never fail to notice that she uses words so perfectly that not a single phrase could have been written any better. Every s
C.G. Drews
I'm pretty sure Laini Taylor books just exist to capture and devour your entire SOUL AND IMAGINATION. I just went on such a wild adventure omg, I feel acTUALLY DRAINED. Like this duology has totally filled my creative well. I am heart eyes and my heart so so full and !!!! my emotions are just !!! which is exactly how a professionally reviewer would summarise a book.


So this takes off basically seconds after Strange The Dreamer ends. Who needs to pause for breathe. No you don't. You get tosse
Lily ☁️
When your most anticipated read of 2018 actually lives up to all your high expectations, and you still feel its traces of beauty and wonder on every surface of your mind and soul, long after you’ve finished reading it.

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Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3.5 Stars

“It’s the mind. It’s the most complex and astonishing thing there is, that there’s a world inside each of us that no one else can ever know or see or visit.”

BEFORE y’all judge me for giving Queen Taylor anything less than 4 stars, please remember I am cynical and dead inside, thank you.

Okay, but for real. Laini Taylor’s writing is decadent, tightly-crafted and flawless. And if I was just rating this book for her ability to stream words together into sentences so beautiful they make
Kat Kennedy
May 08, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The need is real. So very real.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
Wishes don't just come true. They're only the target you paint around what you want. You still have to hit the bulls-eye yourself.

i’m telling you up-front that i’m not going to write a “proper” review for this one. talking about the plot would sound like gibberish to someone who hasn’t read Strange the Dreamer, and if you are a person who has read Strange the Dreamer and aren’t planning to read this one, you should see a doctor about that.

this book made my jaw drop. more than once.

this is ever
2nd read: Oct 2018 (audiobook)
Ugh I just love this series SO MUCH.

1st read: Sep 2018
THIS WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED IT TO BE AND MORE. It honestly feels like my heart is going to explode. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH!!! It's pure ✨ MAGIC

Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy!
Hannah Greendale
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Once upon a time, there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.*

An aching, sumptuous, harrowing book. Muse of Nightmares is an exquisite dance of monsters and goddesses, mystery and romance, witchlight and wonder.

More thoughts to come in my June Wrap Up. :D
*Note: Quote taken from an advanced reading copy.

There’re two things I wish could have been rewritten. Aside from that, Laini Taylor, I’m in awe.
Chelsea Humphrey
😭😭😭 I hate that I didn’t love this.
Mark Lawrence
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sloooow reader. Between February 19th and August 17th I read two books. Two.

Then I picked up this book on Monday 17th and had it finished on Wednesday.

The key difference was that the previous two books did not DEMAND my time. I gave it to them grudgingly in very small bursts when other diversions were denied to me. Taylor's writing though is so compelling I just can't stop reading it.

The biggest ingredient in this paper-based crack is, for me, the prose. I shouldn't let my personal love of
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2018, ya, fantasy
A glorious fantasy, full of pain, heartbreak, redemption and love. Possibly slightly undermined by a too neat ending? I haven't quite decided yet.

This is how you write a sequel - you introduce a set of new intriguing characters with an expansive history of their own, and link their journey with the story of Weep, and make the whole thing 10 times fuller and more brutal.

Frankly, I hadn't been super excited to go back to the conflict at the end of Strange the Dreamer. Lazlo/Minya standoff felt mor
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
If the UK cover isn't this exact shade of purple but in matte, I'm setting something on fire

*added several months later*

narrator: it was not, in fact, purple
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I feel so weird rounding this book to a 3 stars, but compared to how much I adored the first one I think I would feel even weirder having it displayed as a 4. It was good, and I’m glad I read it. But it didn’t have the same magic for me that the first one had, sadly. 💔
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

“Once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.”

🌟 I feel that the above quote describes my feelings toward this book, after so many disappointments this year, this book comes to change everything to music.

🌟 There are good writers who has good writing styles but are not very good plotters (I have a certain author I like i
I've been waiting months for this sequel, and at some point, my son and I both synced October 2, 2018, on our calendars, as "D day".

I. Kid. You. Not.

So, it was no surprise to ANYONE ( except for hubby who actually thought we could have a meaningful conversation today *snorts*) that I've been glued to this mesmerizing and brilliantly crafted book, which appears to be even more perfect than its predecessor.

Mind effing blown!
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya-books
Laini Taylor has developed into one of my favourite authors over the years so I always go into her books with massively high expectations. The good news is that if anything Muse of Nightmares exceeded my super high expectations and was everything I was wishing it would be and then a bit more! This series is YA fantasy romance done to perfection! The story is fantastic and packed full of likeable and interesting characters and imaginative magic all told in a beautiful and engaging writing style.

Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE, humans, animals, aliens and bacteria
Shelves: favorites
This is why I love books.
This here. This freakishly beautiful book is an actual physical representation of everything I love about reading and books.
I swear my heart grew wings and flew out of my chest.
Dear god, I'm so in love right now!
Right now I'm in one of those, what to do with my life now moments.
I'm absolutely and utterly at a loss for words.
Please, please please for whatever you hold dear in your life, read this book, I beg you. I'll do anything if it gets you to read this.

And Goodreads
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isn't it good when the sequel is every bit as good as the first book. Strange the Dreamer was perfect and Muse of Nightmares does not let it down.

Probably the most amazing part is the world Laini Taylor has created which just gets better and better as this book progresses. The town they call Weep whose real name has been erased from memory, the citadel made in the form of a Seraph, mesarthium, the metal which Lazlo can form into anything and the blue gods. All so good.

The characters too are wond
Charlotte May
“As blue as sapphires and glaciers, and as beautiful as stars.”

Better than book 1 I thought 😁

Muse of Nightmares was better than I expected. Strange the Dreamer was way too romancy for me but I enjoyed this one much more.

Minya still harbours her hatred against the people of weep, those who killed their parents. But is there another enemy they were unaware of.

After the end of book 1 everyone is changed, but none more so than the Muse of Nightmares herself.

As they all bicker amongst themselves
Lucy Langford
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

REREAD September 2019

Once upon a time, a sister made a vow she didn’t know how to break, and it broke her instead.

Once upon a time, a girl did the impossible, but she did it just a little too late.

I LOVE this duology!! Laini Taylor’s writing is so gorgeous. I am still devastated over Kora and Nova’s story. I loved getting to know some of the characters from the first book even better- especially Suheyla, Eril-Fane and Azareen. This duology is definitely a series I will keep coming back to
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Hi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out :-) Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It's about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another worl ...more

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