Strange The Dreamer Cover Reveal and Book Prologue – Laini Taylor’s soon to be released

Hello folks, I’m back from my hiatus, because I was contacted by Hodder and Stoughton to help market/entice you all with some information about Laini Taylor’s new book.

So admittedly, I had to do my research. And here’s five quick facts:

  • Laini Taylor is a previously published author, having already written more than a few
  • Rumors spread last May regarding The Muse of Nightmares, but since then, the book is now divided (make that a trilogy), with Strange the Dreamer being released first. More information can be found here.
  • She has hot pint hair – very chic!
  • She is well-known for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy – with the final book soon to be released. 
  • She is a NYT and USA today – best selling author (so watch this space!)

Now about that new release, Strange The Dreamer is set to be released September 2016 and odd puzzle pieces have been enticing fans since May 2015.

Below is an expert to get your taste buds tantalising:

On the second sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.

Her skin was blue, her blood was red.

She broke over an iron gate, crimping it on impact, and there she hung, impossibly arched, graceful as a temple dancer swooning on a lover’s arm. One slick finial anchored her in place. Its point, protruding from her sternum, glittered like a brooch. She fluttered briefly as her ghost shook loose, and then her hands relaxed, shedding fistfuls of freshly picked torch ginger buds.

Later, they would say these had been hummingbird hearts and not blossoms at all.

They would say she hadn’t shed blood but weptit. That she was lewd, tonguing her teeth at them, upside down and dying, that she vomited a serpent that turned to smoke when it hit the ground. They would say a flock of moths had come, frantic, and tried to lift her away.

That was true. Only that.

They hadn’t a prayer, though. The moths were no bigger than the startled mouths of children, and even dozens together could only pluck at the strands of her darkening hair until their wings sagged, sodden with her blood. They were purled away with the blossoms as a grit-choked gust came blasting down the street. The earth heaved underfoot. The sky spun on its axis. A queer brilliance lanced through billowing smoke, and the people of Weep had to squint against it. Blowing grit and hot light and the stink of saltpeter. There had been an explosion. They might have died, all and easily, but only this girl had, shaken from some pocket of the sky.

Her feet were bare, her mouth stained damson. Her pockets were all full of plums. She was young and lovely and surprised and dead.

She was also blue.

Blue as opals, pale blue. Blue as cornflowers, or dragonfly wings, or a spring—not summer—sky.
Someone screamed. The scream drew others. The others screamed, too, not because a girl was dead, but because the girl was blue, and this meant something in the city of Weep. Even after the sky stopped reeling, and the earth settled, and the last fume spluttered from the blast site and dispersed, the screams went on, feeding themselves from voice to voice, a virus of the air.

The blue girl’s ghost gathered itself and perched, bereft, upon the spearpoint-tip of the projecting finial, just an inch above her own still chest. Gasping in shock, she tilted back her invisible head and gazed, mournfully, up.

The screams went on and on.

And across the city, atop a monolithic wedge of seamless, mirror-smooth metal, a statue stirred, as though awakened by the tumult, and slowly lifted its great horned head.

If that doesn’t get you excited to read this, then perhaps seeing the beautiful artwork that is the covers, below is both the UK and US versions.

UK                                               USA

Personally I can’t decide which one I prefer – both are drool-worthy!

Definitely worth putting on your To Be Read pile!

Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for providing the information for this blog post. 



  1. […] lucky enough to be approached earlier this year to help showcase the cover, check out my blog post here, and after reading the blurb, I was […]


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