We love YA books, but for those that are YA-hesitant, I consider Laini Taylor to be a great crossover author.
If you're new to Laini, she's mostly known for her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, though I was actually introduced to her by the book Lips Touch : Three Times, which is a trio of novellas set around an ill-fated kiss. The edition I read featured illustrations by Laini's husband, Jim Di Bartolo, which added to the luscious fairy tale quality of it.
Those terms can be applied to any of Laini Taylor's work--luscious, lyrical--verging on poetic. Her landscapes and characters embody not just the full-bodied magical side of fairy tales, but also the edge of them as well. The beautiful are also broken and the light is enmeshed with darkness. The overall effect is a heady draft of magic and wonder that goes to your head, but also worms its way into your heart.
Laini Taylor's newest book, Strange the Dreamer, is the first in a duology. It involves lost cities, gods and monsters, librarians, and the kind of world Taylor has become known for. Fans of Laini have been waiting anxiously for this book, and of course we have, too. This is not a book to gulp down--it is one to savor like good chocolate and rich coffee.
A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around--and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it.
Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries--including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.