Today as part of Hodder’s blog tour for the books UK paperback release, I’m talking about Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. Laini is one of my all time favourite authors so I’m really excited to be a part of this tour!
This review is spoiler free for Muse for Nightmares but may contain spoilers for Strange the Dreamer.
Muse of Nightmares starts off right where Strange the Dreamer left off on that awful cliffhanger we were left with. Lazlo has just discovered who he truly is, Sarai is trapped, and Minya has everyone wrapped around her little finger. Although it seems as though Muse jumps straight into the action, the pacing is just right, and I have to say that this is definitely a character driven book rather than plot driven in the way that Strange was.
Muse definitely had an overall, overarching theme of hope. It looks at the way the actions of one group of people can affect generations to come, war, prejudice and colonisation. It’s certainly a poignant book to be released at the moment, with such similar issues going on in our world. Although the majority of the book dealt with such dark, difficult to read topics, it still managed to show the light at the end of the tunnel, as Laini’s books often do.
Where Strange was Lazlo’s story, Muse definitely focuses more on the godspawn. We learn more about Sparrow, Feral and Ruby, Sarai starts to come into herself more with how her powers now work, and Minya’s backstory is delved into a lot. Minya has always been such a complex character, and it was so good to learn more about her and really find out why she is the way she is. I did dislike her in Strange, and it was great to see her redemption story in Muse.
We’re also introduced to two new characters, Nova and Kora, and their chapters shed a lot more light on the backstory of how the gods came to Weep in their citadel. As heartbreaking as their chapters were, I loved reading about them and how their sisterly bond spanned across time and worlds.
What really got to me was the final conflict and the last few chapters – I won’t say much to avoid spoilers! – but the links and references that were made really gave me hope for the characters. The ending definitely reminded me of the way that Laini wrapped up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy – everything was resolved not perfectly but realistically, and we’re left with hope for the future. I’d definitely love to see Laini return to a version of this world.
Thanks to Hodder for sending me a new paperback edition of Muse of Nightmares! Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour.