Book Review

Book Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams: A Diviners NovelLair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel by Libba Bray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bray’s follow up to The Diviners continues following Evie and friends in the turmoil that followed the Pentacle Killer. After Evie reveals her powers to the press, being a Diviner is the latest trend. Evie becomes known as The Sweetheart Seer, has her own fans and radio program, and is on the outs with Will and Jericho. But things are far from jake as a sleeping sickness in Chinatown causes panic and suspicion. Mystery continues to shroud the melting pot.

Bray does a great job of writing diverse characters. Her plot is allegorical, using fictional situations to highlight very real social issues, both historical and current including racism, clashing cultural differences, homophobia, stereotypes, oppression, gender, and disability.

I had come to like Evie in Diviners but I really disliked her in Lair of Dreams. It was hard to think of her as the same character, really. Here she was extremely shallow. Though she was still a major character, her internal dialogue seemed power hungry, boy crazy, and selfish. Perhaps that was Bray’s way of having Evie deal with the things she went through in Diviners or maybe she just needed to pull back from Evie to let the other characters breathe and grow. Either way it was disappointing.

January LaVoy as narrator of the audiobook from Listening Library has a stunningly wide vocal range. Her vocal interpretation was spot on for many characters. I didn’t care for some of her male voices and found them distracting but overall, she definitely added depth to the story.

Unless a series is really compelling, I don’t make it past the first book. Many times I feel like I “get it”. Though a bit slow at times, this was an interesting middle book and I look forward to seeing how she wraps this up.

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