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    beautifully written

    While the start of Muse of Nightmares continues from the moment and the consequences of the ending of Strange the Dreamer, once that particular antagonist has been neutralized, the plot moves on to explain several questions raised in the first book. In a non-linear timeline, the first half of the book sets up the antagonist for the second half by introducing us to a new character, Nova, through whose eyes we see the history of the Mesarthim and how they came to be in Weep. Sarai delves more into how her power would work now that she is dead, and there is an investigation into the events of the massacre through Minya. There is also a reveal about where the earlier born godspawn went, and what was it about that mysterious bird that brought Lazlo to Weep, and also tying in a bit to Taylor's other series, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, if only in world-building. One of the most interesting things about the series is how it captures the different characters as the leads of their own story, and how they feel justified in their actions. Each of them has their motives, each of them has their problems, and when they meet conflict is born. Minya's hate, while burning way too long, is justified in the pain she had faced. Eril Fayne, who we already knew was a tortured hero, forever weighed down by the slaughter he took part in to free his people, has to find his own version of peace. Nova has her own quest driving her, through all the hardships in her life, as her sister was taken by the Mesarthim. The godspawn's fear and hate of the residents of Weep is met with an equal fear and hate from them, and that is a thing that needs resolving because of the history they both are bound by. Actually what I got from it all is that while there are antagonists, there are no true villains here (well, except for that d-bag Skathis and his consort Isagol who started this whole mess, can burn in the endless darkness of the multiverse) in the present, which is a rare take in a fantasy story. A big part of the resolution is not about defeating the antagonists through brute force, but instead helping them get through and past the things that are holding them, be it their tortured past, their horrific memories, or their impossible quests. And yeah, sure there is a bit of action and fights, but that is an instinctive response, not a means to end the conflict. On the romance side, Lazlo and Sarai are as mushy as ever, but you can hardly begrudge them; there is also another couple hinted at. The writing of these teenage characters in a war-like scenario also keeps in mind that they are still young, and as such, have some light and comedic moments, as well as heartfelt moments. One of the best parts of the ending was that they finally get a parental figure to care for them. What can I say in the end, but that this was such a beautifully written and well-wrapped sequel of a book!
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    oh my

    this has probably been the best sequel I’ve ever read, and ever will read.
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    Narration perfect, story flat

    There was too much world building going on too late in this story. The characters were left underdeveloped and largely idle because of a left-field plot line introduction. Much to my dismay, the ultimate story here was not bridging blue gods and humans.
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