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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 (38 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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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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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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  • Brian Beisel
  • 2019-03-19

Terrible over the top teen trash

the only reason i didnt return it was because i returned my last book and gave it a chance, which i should not have done. this was simply painful to get through. every character is an over emotional hyper exaggerated annoying mess. when everyone is hyper emotional, emotion stops being interesting or adding to the story. just awful. if you are 12 or this is the second book you have ever read then go for it. better to start at the bottom early in your reading career.

The only reason I took of points for the performance is that Steve West did these weird accents on a bunch of the characters. I don't know if he just made them up on his own or was instructed to do so but since the characters became extremely annoying the accents made it all the worst.

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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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  • Storm4lmg
  • 2019-04-03

exceeds expectations

great story. I could have been happier with the resolution for some characters, but the end was satisfying.

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  • Sharon Allen
  • 2019-03-23

Fantastic adventure!

I absolutely loved this series and the narrator was brilliant! Highly recommend to anyone who wants to live in a fantasy for a while.

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  • M. Schoonover
  • 2019-01-03

These two books blew me away

What is there to say? The second half of the duology that started with "Strange The Dreamer" is every bit just as good as the first half, which pulled us in and drown us in wonder (only to strand us on a horrible cliffhanger.) The cliffhanger is resolved, and new characters are introduced, (or are they new after all?) The narrator does an amazing job, as before, his emotion and acting carry you through the story and keep you enrapt, waiting for what will come next. I enjoyed every moment of this book, even the bit near the end that had me crying at work.

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  • B.A. Wilson
  • 2019-01-01

Wow. So Much Everything.

This is an intricate and colorful world, full of chaos and intrigue. I think this book requires a second, or even a third read. There's just so much to take in, that I have a feeling the experience would be a bit different each time I read it. For that reason, it should definitely be a series you purchase, instead of just borrowing.

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  • Dan Faultersack
  • 2018-12-17

Really liked

Even better than the first one! Some truly creative stuff I haven’t seen in fantasy, a cool mix of original cultures and magic and steampunk. Really liked how it dived into the messed up psyches of the characters. Sometimes too on the nose though; I think the author could have given the readers a little more credit for being able to interpret and draw their own conclusions; the characters feelings and the morals of the story are spelled out a little too bluntly. That’s really my only complaint though! Wonderful, imaginative story, solid prose, compelling characters.

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  • lisa lefkovitz
  • 2018-12-12

Beautifully written and narrated!!!

A wonderful sequel! Enjoyed it as much as Book 1. Finished it wanting more. Will definitely be looking for more books by Laini Taylor.