No spoilers in this rapid review of Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I give it 3.5 stars.
Though not as good as The Diviners, Lair of Dreams was still an enjoyable read. The horror that I loved about book one was not as pronounced here. This time around the ghost causing trouble is a mysterious veiled woman who lurks in the subway tunnels of New York City. She creeps into the dreams of mortals asking them to make a promise to dream with her. When the person agrees–they never wake.
I was happy to find that the old gang was still around. Evie and Sam are as wonderfully obnoxious as ever and Theta is on the verge of becoming a big star but her secrets may prove even bigger. Mable and Jericho keep some of the craziness at bay, while Henry still searches for his lost lover, and Memphis tries to navigate his reborn healing powers. A few new characters are on the scene: dream-walkers Ling and Wai-Mae become dream-scape artists and along with Henry, they prefer the dream world to the real one. Not only does everyone have their own problems to deal with, they must also work together to stop the veiled lady. Oh, and did I mention that there are monsters in the subway?
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Ms. Bray does an excellent job of intertwining a wide variety of sub-plots that ultimately lead to the main action and help solve the mystery. But who is the gray man in the stovepipe hat? For two books now, he has lurked in the background. Hopefully, the question of his role will be answered soon enough!
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