I had been waiting so so so long for this installment of this series! Thank you to Allen and Unwin for providing me with a copy of this book!
As this is the sequel to The Diviners, I don’t want to give any spoilers of either book so this review will be fairly brief.
Firstly, The Diviners is about a young psychic flapper, Evie, from Ohio who after revealing a few too many secrets, ends up being sent to live with her occult-researcher uncle in New York, where they team up to help catch a supernatural serial killer.
Lair of Dreams picks up several months after The Diviners finishes.
What’s it about: Something is unleashed in New York’s underground which seems to be invading people’s dreams. Henry teams up with another Dreamwalker to investigate the dreamworld. Also, Mable and Theta spend some time just basically being awesome, and Evie gets drunk… a lot.
What I thought: Well first up, this book was not what I expected, mainly in that it’s not really about Evie at all. Evie is definitely in the book, but she is more of a side character. This book is mainly about Henry and a new character, Ling (who is completely awesome). I actually didn’t miss Evie at all (probably because she’s not a particularly pleasant person in this book) because there are just so many loveable characters, I could read a whole book about any one of them.
The writing of this book was once again spot on. The 1920’s language is just so perfect and just really gives it that extra something. One of the greatest things about Libba Bray’s writing is the way she manages to include diversity, especially when others would perhaps use the excuse that because it’s set in the 1920’s they don’t have to. Diversity and representation in books is so important and I really believe that Libba Bray makes this a priority in her writing.
My only issue with this book is that I wanted a bit more plot. It is very much a middle book and the basic plot is not particularly strong. It’s not uninteresting in any way, but it’s just doesn’t really seem particularly prominent. This book was more character than plot driven.
But overall this book is wonderful. I didn’t love it quite as much as I loved The Diviners, but still an excellent read.
I rate it 4/5 stars.
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