What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.”
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.” “Beautiful and full of monsters?” “All the best stories are.”
2. The world and it’s background. I also loved getting to know this world, especially the city of Weep (or the Unseen City). Like with the characters, there’s a complex backstory going on behind the scenes that influences everything and it really is a mystery. The world is just so richly painted and real. Weep has been isolated for 200 years but suddenly, 15 years ago, everything changed and Lazlo has set out to witness the change (anyone else think that Lazlo is one of the ‘missing’ children???). I was a bit worried that I’d be walking into an info dump at the beginning because it started to shape up like that but that feeling quickly dissipated.
“The library knows its own mind… When it steals a boy, we let it keep him.”
3. The plot. This book is definitely not action-packed. The whole first half is almost all character driven and it’s only in the last 170 pages that things really start to become action driven. Honestly, I loved that the author chose to do this because it’s so important to build up the atmosphere of the world in fantasy and that was certainly achieved.
“Like nightmares, dreams were insidious things, and didn’t like being locked away.”
4. The writing. This is my absolute favorite part of the whole reading experience! This book is so amazingly quotable, I have about 30 quotes written in my notebook already. Laini Taylor’s writing is just so lush and lyrical and fantastical and beautiful. Even if you’re someone who didn’t enjoy the story, I can’t imagine you wouldn’t enjoy the feeling of speaking the sentences out loud. Maybe this is a bookworm thing, but there are so many paragraphs that just sounds beautiful when you read them aloud.
“Good people do all the things bad people do, Lazlo. It’s just that when they do them, they call it justice.”
5. The romance. At first, I wasn’t really sure about this. There definitely isn’t instalove, but I found it to be very quick in terms of it’s development. Still, the two are sweet together and I enjoyed reading their scenes. Also, I was pleased to see f/f romance representation but I wish it would have gotten more page time.
“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around”
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