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Muse of Nightmares

Written by: Laini Taylor
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated, thrilling sequel to the New York Times best seller, Strange the Dreamer, from National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the best-selling 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, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice - save the woman he loves, or everyone else? - while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times best seller, Strange the Dreamer.

©2018 Laini Taylor (P)2018 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"[Laini Taylor] has spun another mesmerizing tale with captivating twists and turns, an array of intriguing characters, strange and beautiful language, and baroque flourishes of the imagination." (Horn Book)

"A sequel that surpasses the original." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Part adventure novel, part romance and part exercise in epic myth-building, it's gorgeously written and full of surprises." (NPR)

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love love love

I have to admit, I'm totally biased when it comes to Laini Taylor. she's one of my favourite authors, fantastic story, beautiful, poetic writing.

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aahhh

This was just... everything. That epilogue!!! *swoon* I am so, so excited to see what comes next for all Taylor's characters. Full of more of the lyrical, breath taking writing we've all come to associate with Taylor. Her books were MEANT to be enjoyed in audio imo, such rich poignant descriptions. Thank you so much for this gift to the world Laini! Do yourself a favour, start with her series A Daughter of Smoke and Bone and go from there. You won't regret it!

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Surprisingly Long For “No Words”

This probably won’t be helpful as a review, but I have no words to describe how wonderful and beautiful this book was. At first I thought the writing style was over the top, but as the story went on it made more sense. I usually prefer a full cast (I don’t have a problem with single narrators, but it can often be a better experience with more people), but I think Steve West did a pretty darn fantastic job! I’m so happy I read this, but feel very hollow now that it’s over.

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A guilty pleasure!

*7 Stars!

No book by my favorite pink-haired author would be complete without cake. Yes, there is cake in Muse of Nightmares, and that is the last spoiler that you’re going to get from me.

Less than two months ago I finished reading Strange the Dreamer, I was so captivated by this amazing world created by Taylor that I wanted…no, needed to get to the rest of the story. That in itself tells you how good this series is.

Muse of Nightmares was book perfection. The main characters enthralled me, the supporting cast filled in every aspect of the story. There were moments that I had to wonder if this was all part of some master plan or if the author came across a bridge and realized if she changed a certain aspect of a character it would allow her to resolve the problem in the most fantastical way. Everything flowed seamlessly.

As a non-YA reader, Laini Taylor’s books have become my guilty pleasure. There is something about the way she puts her stories together, the way she phrases her thoughts, it takes me away to another place.

With the way my reading was going, I went with the audiobook version of Muse of Nightmares. I’ll admit, I was worried about how Taylor’s magical prose and phrasing would translate into the spoken word. Steve West’s performance was an impeccable fit, his English accent highlighted the text.

While my enjoyment of Muse of Nightmares may not have been a surprise, the story is filled with jaw droppers and how did I not see that coming. The duet format is becoming a personal favorite, the length of the overall story is not daunting and the author is confident enough to tie things up. It makes me prepared to invest in more of the author’s stories.

I want more worlds from Laini Taylor.

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Wow

I was blown away again by the levels of imagination and the pure talent of both the author and the narrator. This was a thoroughly pleasurable read.

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  • 2019-03-23

Just. Wow.

Honestly, I loved it as much as the first one. this series was my first on audible, because I'm picky about the person who reads it. But the guy who read these had a really nice, smooth, soothing voice. He was also really good at all the voices. I loved the story because it was so new and original, and I would recommend it.

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  • Brianna
  • 2018-10-03

Better than the 1st!

This book definitely doesn't fall into the second book slump. I, personally, loved this one much more than the first! Very excited for those who have waited for this one!

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  • AJ
  • 2018-10-30

great

good story continuation, just more of a sexual focus than I was really wanting. Still drawn into the world and the story! You get more in depth with all your favorite characters from Strange the Dreamer

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  • Diana_loves_audiobooks
  • 2019-08-05

Waiting for for the next two or three!

Nicely done,the edit was much better than number one. Thank you and well done!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-31

lovely characters

it is nice to see more emotion and background for the villains if you can now call them that. the Gillian's can be relatable and thus redeemable. although the new villain can be a bit obsessive it is fine. I have the story a 4 star because it did feel segmented and drag a bit for me when introducing the new characters. The build up to the ending was great and it could have been an easy 5 star.

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  • Blair Stewart
  • 2019-06-21

love it

from the story, to the drama, to the narrator - all amazing and I couldn't stop listening.

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  • aimeed22
  • 2019-06-07

A Binge Listen

5/5 Stars
Laini Taylor’s first book in this duology, Strange the Dreamer, was a slow starter for me. I had to pick it up and put it back down three times before I tried it on audio. I had heard AMAZING things, and I wanted to give it the chance it deserved. It took me probably between 6-10 hours of listening before I started to REALLY care. But by the end, I was so hooked I could barely click on the download button for MUSE OF NIGHTMARES fast enough.
The slow start made me waiver between 4 and 5 stars for Strange the Dreamer but by the end of it and the beginning of Muse of Nightmares, I was fully committed. I wanted to know everything there was to know about this world Laini had created. I wanted to know more about the gods, about the magic, about the landscape. I wanted to know the backstory of every single morally gray character she created. I wanted so much more Minya. And Laini Taylor did not disappoint.

I loved this book so freaking much, that on the first day I downloaded it on audiobook, I stayed at the gym for TWO HOURS just so I could listen. Then, limping up my apartment steps, I kept it on. I found odd jobs around the house to do so I could continue listening. I finished the 15-hour audiobook faster than any I’ve listened to before: in just two days.

Laini’s characters are complex, deep, interesting. I was rooting for them, ALL of them. Because an interesting thing about these books is that there are no living villains in this world, just people who make bad decisions. That concept is simple and in its simplicity is brilliant and beautiful. I was swept away into her dreamscape, and into Lazlo’s.

Yet by the end, I found myself sated. I don’t want or need a spinoff. A Muse of Nightmares told me everything I wanted to know. This book (the duology really) is buttoned up. It’s as though Laini knew every question I might have and answered it right there on page. As an author, I found that more than impressive. In one word, I found it magical.

This series is magical, and comes highly recommended from me.

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  • Danielle Marquez
  • 2019-05-26

A beautiful, emotional story.

I can definitely see where many people find this duology too slow, but I loved it! The narrator was perfect, for one. But, the story was just gorgeous, in my opinion! There was so much raw emotion in it. There is so much to be found, here. The story was amazing. The characters were so well-built. The antagonist had well-written motives. And, the imagery was amazing. It was unlike anything I've read, that I can recall. I definitely recommend this book, this series!

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  • Rubee
  • 2019-05-21

I’ve never read anything like it

It was pure magic. It was sheer deliverance of the purest gold. Wonderfully written! I honestly wonder what my life was like without this book.

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  • IYW
  • 2019-05-10

glorious

incredible reading of an utterly gorgeous book. here's hoping a sequel is in the works