Strange the Dreamer

I was hesitant to read this book because I don’t read many high fantasy novels. There were a ton of people raving about it, so I decided to give it a try. Plus the paperback version came out and the cover was reminiscent of the UK cover and it was too pretty to pass up. Spoiler alert, I loved it.

Lazlo is such a refreshing main character. In most YA novels, our main character is female, but not here. We got to see the special main character from a different perspective, but it is not in an annoying way. They were also not trying to shove him into the same box as some other male led YA fantasy novels. He was found as a child and brought to the monastery and would eventually make his way to the library.

He always knew that there was something more out there for him. So when it came time for him to possibly leave, he used everything he could to do so. He would be able to finally see Weep which had been his dream for as long as he remembered. The real name had been erased from memory, but it was always stuck on the tip of his tongue.

At some point, I began to suspect that there was something different about Lazlo. Especially with his interactions with the blue skinned goddess he begins to fall in love with, Sarai.  He is the only one who can see and communicate with her when she becomes her moths. They fall in love during the night and in the end he loses her when she falls from the sky and Minya decides to control her ghost.

Each godling has a different power from the more elemental side, to creating nightmares, and controlling ghosts. Though none of them have the ability to manipulate the metal only the leader of the gods could move. Alchemy is also featured in this book quite heavily and leads to some interesting discoveries.

There were a ton of Atlantis vibes because Lazlo was giving off a ton of Milo vibes, but he also had a lot of Kita in him. He’s the outcast with a focus in a lost city who journeys to there and discovers something new about himself. He learns that he is one of the godlings and the only one who can save the city by moving the large metal structures wings out of the way of the sun. The city would finally be able to see the sun for the first time in a really long time.

There is a theme of becoming your parents in the book. The godly parents were terrible in their own rights and some of the children reflect that. Though there are others who are trying to find their own way past their parents shadows. The only one who embraces their legacy is Minya, with her powers to control ghosts creates her own army to protect them. There was such a build up with her character that the ending felt so real and painful.

The ending of this book shocked me, but in a good way. There are so many good elements that work together in this story that I would check this book out if you haven’t already. I honestly cannot wait to read the second book and see where the rest of the story goes.

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