Name: Lair of Dreams
Author: Libba Bray
Number of Pages: 613 (Paperback)
Published: 25th August 2015 by Atom
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…
Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? – from Goodreads
It’s no secret that I loved The Diviners, so I eagerly awaited Lair of Dreams, in which the adventures of the Diviners would continue.
Evie O’Neill, having revealed her powers to the world, has taken on the role of the Sweetheart Seer and has her own radio show. She mostly revels in the attention, courting the press with her life and loves. She and Sam find themselves drawn to each other – ‘but what about Jericho?’, I found myself asking. Evie never pursued Jericho out of loyalty to her friend Mabel, but I so wanted more of their story, and I would have liked more Jericho in general during Lair of Dreams.
I really liked Evie in The Diviners, but I also enjoyed learning more about the other characters who come to the fore as the main focus of this novel. Memphis and Theta are also favourites so I was glad they feature in this story.
Henry and Ling are dream walkers; a whole dream world comes to life for them each night. Wonderful as this sounds, it is a dangerous power at a time when the city is falling victim to a deadly sleeping sickness. People go to sleep and never wake up, and no one can explain how and why it spreads, which of course causes tension and concern.
The dream world is richly created, beginning in a vast, ornate, wonderfully realised underground railway station which leads to the world proper where, united, Henry And Ling find Louis, a boy from Henry’s past, and Wai-Mae, a young girl apparently bound for a new life in America who befriends Ling and teachers her how to shape their dreamscape to exactly what she wants.
But all is not well in the real world as more and more people succumb to the sleeping sickness, and ghostly figures lurk in the shadows and underground. Revelations both surprising and incredibly sad lead the Diviners to unite in the real and dream world to try and stop a restless spirit before more lives are lost. While the threat posed is very real, the reason behind it is tragic, as is one other revelation which totally caught me off guard.
Also looming is the threat of the King of Crows, the man in the stovepipe hat, a mystery still not fully explored and something to carry through to further novels. There’s a sense of a BIG problem coming, something to really test our band of heroes. By the end of Lair of Dreams there is a great group of Diviners, hopefully something of a match for the evil to come.
I said before how well written The Diviners was and that’s still true in Lair of Dreams. From the beautiful and fantastic, through to unsettlingly eerie, creepy and even slightly terrifying it’s all bought to life with great flair.
There’s still so much to know about the Diviners, their world and the challenges ahead that I can’t wait for the next book.