Title: Lair of Dreams (The Diviners book 2)
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Releases Date: August 25th 2015
Number of Pages: 613
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.
Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.
As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?
*May contain spoilers for The Diviners, the first book in this series*
This novel an epidemic has hit New York in the form of the sleeping sickness which causes sufferers to fall into a sleep they can’t wake up from and Henry and Ling who can walk in dreams my be the only ones who can find out what is causing the sickness and how to stop it.
The characters are the best part of this series, we get to learn more about them and also how each of their stories interlink with each other. While the previous book focused more on Evie and Memphis this one focuses on Henry and Ling. Ling: is a new character we are introduced to in this book. She lives in Chinatown and was born to immigrants, her mother being Irish and her father Chinese. She has quite a blunt personality and will say things as they are with no sugar coating but she is also fiercely loyal and adores her family. She also has the ability to dream walk and can communicate with the dead during her dream walking. Henry: is also a dream walker and we get learn lot more about his background in this and his story makes me feel all the feels.
The romantic storylines are a lot more apparent in this. there is the love triangle between Sam, Evie and Jericho which I’m not really that invested in but if I had to choose while I adore Sam I’m leaning more towards Jericho. Memphis and Theta’s relationship on the other hand I am highly invested in and would love to see more of.
Like the previous book this is very atmospheric and I loved how creepy it was and I’m looking forward to learning more about the ghosts and the Man in the Stove pipe hat in the next one.
Trigger warning for: racism, homophobia, sex trafficking.
Overall, this was a great sequel and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.