Terra's Reads: Strange the Dreamer + Muse of Nightmares

After reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series at the end of 2018/beginning of 2019, I knew I was gonna have to read Strange the Dreamer and the newly released Muse of Nightmares.


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I know I’m always saying that I love a book to death, and I always mean it, but this book duet really spoke to me on a soul level. Specifically, the main character Lazlo. Lazlo is a dreamer (hence the title), and believes in the impossible. He has a vivid imagination and loves to read. I connect with that so deeply - all I ever want to do is read and daydream about the impossible. It was one of those rare reading experiences where you finally feel like there’s someone else out there who gets you. And it doesn’t even matter that that person is fictional.

Aside from that, though, is the fact I also learned something from Lazlo. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but Lazlo decides to take a leap and finally go for his BIG dream. He puts himself out there and, as a result, gets this amazing experience where he learns more about himself than he thought he could. As a dreamer myself, I tend to get so wrapped up in fantasizing about trips and career milestones that I forget the important thing: to go live my life so I can actually experience those dreams.

These two books were everything I love in fantasy fiction: magic, adventures, serious conflict, and vibrant characters. Plus they’ve reminded me to go for it in life. To take a risk and see where it takes me. To live boldly so that my dreams can become my reality.

That’s the magic of words. They can transport you anywhere, even places that don’t exist, and teach you lessons for your real life.