Lair of Dreams

Lair of Dreams

A Diviners Novel

Book - 2014
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After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. 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?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
ISBN: 9780316126045
0316126047
Characteristics: 613 pages ;,24 cm

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GhostWriter221b
Dec 14, 2015

The gap between The Diviners and Lair of Dreams is filled smoothly; it flows like one entity, one story, not two separate books. And, as always, the characters are their usual amazing selves, providing an insane cliffhanger...

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palaminopony
Sep 23, 2015

“Lair of Dreams” is the second book in Libba Bray’s ‘Diviners Series’. In this novel, Evie O’Neill has risen to stardom as the Sweetheart Seer, and is the star of a radio show where she uses her powers to put lucky guests’ minds at ease. However, while Evie is living larger than life, her friends are still struggling. The Museum is losing money, even with Jericho and Sam’s extra work, and Henry and Theta are just barely hanging onto their jobs at the Ziegfeld Follies. In addition to this, a mysterious sleeping sickness is running rampant in Chinatown, and a young girl named Ling Chan is caught up in the heart of it. Then, as the characters’ lives begin to intermingle, it seems as though the sleeping sickness may not be as easily explained as everyone thought.

“Lair of Dreams” is an incredible novel. Its plot is exhilarating and unique, and has no slow moments. The plot of this novel also perfectly blends together fantasy, horror, and history, making for a captivating and lovable read. The characters in “Lair of Dreams” are interesting and fun to read about, and their development is beautifully well written. The new characters that are introduced only add to the story, and they too are important to the plot. Bray’s manifestation of 1920s New York City is fantastical and eerie, and is a perfect backdrop for the events and characters of “Lair of Dreams”.

Overall, the author of this review highly recommends “Lair of Dreams” as well as the other novel in the ‘Diviners Series’. This novel is absolutely incredible, and will keep every reader on the edge of their seat the entire time. There is some symbolism and deeper meanings in “Lair of Dreams”, but not enough to make it a good essay or ‘book talk’ novel. Due to some mature content, the author of this review believes “Lair of Dreams” to be suitable for ages fourteen and up.

PrimaGigi Sep 09, 2015

Lair Of Dreams takes place after the Pentacle Killer (John Hobbes). Evie O'Neill has told the world she's a Diviner. Much aganist her Uncles chagrin. She becomes an overnight sensation, dubbed "the Sweetheart Seer" she has a popular radio show, where she uses her powers as cheap parlour tricks. Uncovering other people's secrets constantly in objects has lead her to becoming an alcoholic. The other Diviners are trying to keep their powers hidden ; Henry DuBois and Ling Chan are dream Walkers. Henry is using his power to find his lost love Louis. While traversing the Dream World, he finds Ling. Where Henry can change the perceptions of the dreamers dreams, Ling can find and talk to the dead.

With Evie becoming New Yorks "It" girl and Ling and Henry traveling together in dreams, there is a mysterious sleeping sickness spreading throughout the city. A evil force affects dreamers and their dreams. At the fringe of the sickness is a man with a stovepipe hat and Shadow Men, government cover-ups and racial tensions within the city. The Diviners must step into the dream world to save those they love and stop the sickness from spreading.

It's defiantly different from the first book. It deviates away from the description. The Sleeping Sickness is barely mentioned before the story tumbles into tragic love terrtority. Jericho mooning after Evie; Evie being even shallower then before. Sam using Evie by exhorting her services to help with Project Buafflo and love triangle in a love triangle. False engagements, feelings unearthed. The end of the book is where any mention of this sickness affected one of the main characters is actually mentioned. We get a big showdown with mysterious creatures that materialize from the subway. It's all coming from dreams and the woman with a veil. No explanation of why. It seemed to be more about this man in a stovepipe hat and Project Buffalo.

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Reepicheep
Sep 01, 2015

Wonderfully creepy. Bray creates an unforgettable atmosphere. You can see 1920's Manhattan with all of its squalor and all of its glitter and promise. And you can feel the menace of evil forces seep into to everything like a fog. I do not recommend reading this one right before you go to bed. It troubled my sleep.

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marthabwaters
Aug 25, 2015

It was a long wait between The Diviners (2012) and this sequel, but it proved worth it: I think I liked it even more than its predecessor. Readers might do well to refresh their memories about plot points of book 1, because Bray dives right into the action without any sort of introduction, but once you remind yourself who everyone is, the book is a joy to read from start to finish. Bray nicely balances a cast of characters that is refreshingly diverse in terms of gender, race, and sexual orientation, plus well-realized fantastic elements, plus an impressive attention to historical details and period slang, with the end result a book that feels fully realized, well thought out, exquisitely characterized, and nicely creepy to boot. Highly recommend this series.

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