Laini Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Honor Book Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares. Taylor is also the author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy and the companion novella Night of Cake & Puppets. Taylor's other works include the Dreamdark books: Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. Her website is lainitaylor.com.
* As tragedy and triumph and empathy for both humans and godspawn are held in constant tension, the plotting is exquisite, with turns readers will never see coming and that yet make perfect sense in retrospect. ----BCCB, Starred Review Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor is nothing short of a dream. --Hypable * The luxurious prose and complex world building invites and rewards slow reading.... Here readers will find characters to love and ones to hate and, ultimately, a world to be willingly lost in. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Laini Taylor set my imagination on fire so hard that it spontaneously combusted.... This is the kind of story that paves dreams. -- Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star-Touched Queen * Characters are carefully, exquisitely crafted, the writing is achingly lovely, and the world is utterly real.... This is a thing to be savored. --Booklist, starred review [Laini Taylor] has spun another mesmerizing tale with captivating twists and turns, an array of intriguing characters, strange and beautiful language, and baroque flourishes of the imagination. --Horn Book * [Strange the Dreamer] has all the rich, evocative imagery and complex world-building typical of Taylor's best work. This outstanding fantasy is a must-purchase for all YA collections. --School Library Journal, starred review Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling. --Kirkus Reviews * [Readers] will dive into Taylor's gorgeous prose and brilliant imagery and relish this story about dreams, love, monsters, gods, ghosts, war, and alchemy. Told from alternating points of view, this is complex but satisfying, a story about cultures meeting and clashing. --VOYA, starred review * Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next. --Publishers Weekly, starred review Weighty as a nightmare and as transportive as the finest of fantasy, Laini Taylor's new novel will leave readers with miracles on their minds. -- Hypable An epic world of gods, moths and nightmares; a world where the dream chooses the dreamer. -- Justine Magazine [One of] our favorite books of the year! -- Popsugar Part adventure novel, part romance and part exercise in epic myth-building, it's gorgeously written and full of surprises. --NPR [A] must-read YA! -- USA Today Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other. --Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom Praise and accolades for Strange the Dreamer A NPR Best Book A Goodreads Best YA Fantasy and Science Fiction NomineeA Boston Globe Best YA BookA Popcrush Best Young Adult BookA Popsugar Best Book for Women A Booklist Editors' Choice An A.V. Club Favorite Book A Tor Top Young Adult SFF BookA Christian Science Monitor Best Book A B&N Teen Blog Best Young Adult Book A Forever Young Adult Best Book A sequel that surpasses the original. --Kirkus Reviews Praise for Muse of NightmaresA Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018A 2018 Booklist Editors' Choice * It is here, perhaps, that Taylor shines the brightest: she's always been a wordsmith, and this book is no exception. --Booklist, starred review