Review | Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

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“Henry, what happens if you die in a dream?”

Published: August 25, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 616 (Kindle)

Series: The Diviners #2

5 Stars

For dreams, too, are ghosts, desires chased in sleep, gone by morning. The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.
After a supernatural show down with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling and earned the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl… everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry Dubois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret–for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess… As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?


I. Can’t. Get. Enough. Of. This. Series.

There is something so scary, atmospheric, romantic, thrilling, exciting, and just engrossing about this novel. It’s the perfect mix of history, fantasy, romance, and is a total genre bending knockout of a novel.

I went into this novel fully expecting to love it since I’d read and loved The Diviners, but reading this really felt like coming home for me. The first novel in the series is a thicc baby, coming in at nearly 600 pages and this one falls just over that at 616 so it’s no surprise that I got to know the characters very well and it was like getting to see all my close friends again, plus some new ones. This novel focuses heavily on Henry and his new friend Ling, who are both dream walkers. When a “sleeping sickness” starts stealing people away in their dreams, it’s up to the diviners to get to the bottom of it. One of my favorite aspects of this follow-up is that it was heavily influenced by Chinese culture, something that made this one stand out.

This series, so far, reminds me of like Supernatural in the way there are smaller mysteries in each book but there is an overarching mystery and a “big” bad guy. The first novel was fighting Naughty John, but all the while the King of Crows is the real monster. In this novel, they fight the evil woman in dreams, but again, the King of Crows is the undercurrent of evil. I can’t wait to see and learn more about that because there are so so so many questions I have right now.

Lair of Dreams is really heavy on the world and atmosphere building, so this is not a breezy read. It’s very creepy and is very drawn out, in both a good and bad way. The beginning and ending were awesome, but I found the middle portion of the book to be a little slow. I wanted more momentum and just a little more action throughout. That was really my only complaint. It was beautifully written, plotted, and carried out, it just felt a little stagnant in the middle.

Before I end this review I want to talk about the characters, because everyone is going through a lot here. The first novel left our crew of diviners in tatters, with more questions than answers. We see a lot of fall out from that in this novel and we get to see all our favorites still reeling and growing and trying to live normally. Not to mention the fact that I love Sam Lloyd. Honestly, I couldn’t get enough of him. What a BABE.

This felt so relevant to today, as well. Lot’s of talk about eugenics and the bettering of America. Not to mention the sleeping sickness causing businesses to shut down, people to quarantine, etc. It was so eerily similar to today. Also, we got a cameo by none other than Carl Jung. Crazy. I can’t wait to continue with this series! One of my new all time favorites, for sure.

Happy reading
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