You may remember not too long ago I posted a review of Strange the Dreamer…well, Muse of Nightmares is the much-anticipated sequel and I was SO excited when it arrived in the mail from Hachette for me! I adored Strange and was really keen to jump in to this one…so keen, in fact, that I put down my then-current read and dove in to this one the same day I got it (which is practically unheard of when you have a TBR pile as large as mine…oops!). Be warned: if you haven’t read Strange the Dreamer, this review may contain accidental spoilers of that book, as it’s the sequel!
Muse of Nightmares kicks off right where Strange the Dreamer left us – something I actually really love to see in sequels as it skips all the ‘here’s what you missed’ type flashbacks or storytelling. We get to see what becomes of Weep, Eril-Fane and Azareen, and a lot more information on the Gods – so all up it’s a pretty satisfying follow-up!
Once of the things I was looking forward to most in this book was watching all the new and changing relationships unfold. Personally, the most interesting part of Muse of Nightmares was getting to hear more about Minya’s world – her nightmares, what happened to the children, and why she never aged were all incredibly fascinating to dive in to.
Taylor uses the sequel to expand on her world-building as well, and for someone like me who doesn’t read much fantasy, it was the perfect pacing and built up slowly enough that I could grasp all the new place names and characters, and keep them in my brain without getting confused through the book! Honestly guys, it’s a very real concern when reading fantasy for me usually so I can’t stress enough how perfect Taylor’s writing has been for me to get in to!
Muse of Nightmares is similar enough in action and pace to Strange the Dreamer, that I’m confident anyone who liked the first novel will appreciate the sequel just as much. The storyline trots along at a charming pace and Taylor has built on the relationships that were introduced through the first book, making it an enjoyable read from start to finish. The ending does hint at another book, but I thought it was planned as a duology so if anyone can confirm, I’d love to be able to get excited all over again for another book in this world! 🙂
Rating: SUCH a great sequel, I don’t think anyone who read Strange the Dreamer would be disappointed in this sequel from Taylor.
What sequels have you loved? Or, are there any that left you feeling underwhelmed?
Until next time,
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