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Review: Muse of Nightmares

Author: Laini Taylor

Year Published: 2018

  • Plot: 5/5
  • Characters: 5/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Overall: 5/5

“We might be at odds, hate each other, and desire each other’s destruction, but in our despair, we are lost in the same darkness, breathing the same air as we choke on our grief.”

This book was more than everything I wanted it to be and it was perfect in every way. It also made me very emotional.

In Strange the Dreamer, I wasn’t too fond of Minya. I felt a bit sorry for her but it was eclipsed by my dislike for her, however, after reading Muse of Nightmares, I pity her and almost admire her. I loved finding out more about her story and what had happened to her and how those events had impacted her life so gravely that time had literally stopped for her and she was forever reliving those moments again and again and again. She was holding on to so much hate and revenge and that was all that fueled her but by the end she learnt that it was alright to let it all go.

In Strange the Dreamer, another character I disliked was Thyon Nero. He was arrogant, annoying and generally just a jerk most of the time. In Muse of Nightmares, however, he had the most brilliant character arc. He realises that the world, in fact, does not revolve around him and it’s not beneath him to actually make friends with people because people can actually like him. His banter with Ruza, Calixte and Tzara was priceless and I loved the relationship between Ruza and Thyon so much (I ship it).

Kora and Nova’s story was all about the strength of sisterly love and how that love took Nova so far until it was all that drove her. Until it twisted and became something deeper and more sinister. I felt sorry for both the girls because they’d had so few choices in life and there were so many people who looked down on them and tried to control them or own them and the only thing that kept them going was their dream to be a Mesarthim (which turned out to be the complete opposite of what they’d hoped for) and after that their longing to be reunited again (which was far more difficult than it seemed).

As always, Lazlo and Sarai were adorable and I ship them so, so much. They’re so whimsical and dreamy. It was great to see Sarai have a bigger role in this book, using her ability to try to help Minya and Nova.

There were two sides to the story, the godspawn and the humans. Both sides had years of hate festering for one another but this book was about how that hate could be overcome and how, if they gave each other a chance, and let go of the hate, they could live together in harmony and be friends.

“But how do you stop someone from crying? How do you lead them out of fear?
Can hate be reversed?
Can revenge be diffused?”

Also, I noticed all those references to the DoSaB trilogy. I hope there’s a cross over or something in the future.