Lair of Dreams

Lair of Dreams

Book - 2015
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"After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner and has become a media darling. In the meantime, a mysterious sleeping sickness has hit New York City, and the Diviners must band together to find the cause and the cure"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316126045
Branch Call Number: / FICTION BRAY LIBBA
Characteristics: 613 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 08, 2020

This is a whole lot of propaganda that doesn't focus on the cool villain and instead focuses on Evie, who was the worst character from the first book. She's just objectively a shallow, terrible person.

Dec 27, 2019

diviners 2

PimaLib_ChristineR Nov 09, 2018

Warning: Spoiler Alert for the previous book in this series: The Diviners.

Lair of Dreams, the followup to The Diviners, is a good book in its own way, but feels much different from the first book in the series. Where The Diviners had some serious traditional horror vibes, Lair of Dreams, is much more of a suspense/thriller novel. Perhaps because the problem in this novel is less of a supernatural killer on the loose, and instead is a menace that draws people into their dreams, never to awaken. True, some of those people die, because they don't wake up, but it's not quite the same level of scary as a guy who eats eyeballs and is coming to rip your heart out through your rib cage.

Regardless, this still has a great supernatural element, as the dreamers are joined by disappearances from the subway system being expanded under New York City. Something is below the city and Henry, who is a dream walker diviner is joined by a new character, Ling Chan, with the same power. It is their power which will lead the diviners to the truth and a way to overcome it. Henry's character is greatly expanded and we get more of his backstory.

I really liked the newly introduced Ling Chan. Not only is she important to solving the mystery, but Bray uses her and her background to explain the special xenophobia that America of the 1920s had for Asians. Bray tangentially discusses the Page act, that kept Chinese men from bringing their wives and families with them to the US, up to the Immigration Act of 1924 which included the Asian Exclusion Act, under which nearly all Asians were forbidden from immigrating to the US. When the "sleeping sickness" starts in Chinatown, it is a short step from checks by city officials, to outright hostility to all Asians. And this is only one of the social problems which Bray takes on in the book. Bray uses her characters to discuss issues of racism, anti-union sentiment, and the inequality of the classes, without sounding didactic, and all against the backdrop of an interesting story.

While I really enjoyed this book, it was a lot of story with less plot, primarily filling out the characters-through backstory-that played second fiddle to Evie in the first novel. Like many middle novels, this felt like Bray was moving characters into place for their next act. Despite that, Bray's writing is excellent; these are characters it's worth taking the time to know. And while it may not be the follow-up many were looking for, Bray's evocation of a time and place, with some thrills and chills, is worth a read.

Oct 10, 2017

The sequel to The Diviners is just about as good as the first one- though the first book in the series will forever be my favourite. Libba Bray is such an amazing writer, and this book is most definitely no exception. The story is super exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through, there are a couple different storylines woven into one. Even more characters are introduced in this sequel, and deeper backstories are given to the pre-existent ones. There are new villains and new problems that must be solved, new powers are introduced and a lot of excitement. I would definitely recommend this to anyone as long as they have already read the first book in the series- The Diviners. 5/5 Stars.
@Bookworm123 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

First of all, this is a supernatural World. Evie has the ability to read peoples' secrets, and many people have Unusual powers that she encounters throughout the book. On the other hand Henry and Ling are trying to keep their power a secret, as Henry tries to pursue a career in music. Along the way Evie finds love with one of her friends (Sam). She is trying to figure out who is the culprit of the sleep sickness. The one thing that links this all together is: that they all are diviners. Diviners are able to enter the dream astral plane. Will they find the cause to the sleep sickness? Or not? This book was overall great. I would rate Lair of dreams a three out of five stars.
- @SDJ of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

SaraLovesBooks Oct 05, 2016

After reading The Diviners, I was really looking forward to Lair of Dreams. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed in this book. More characters were added to an already large cast, which bloated the story. Many of the characters turned really unlikable in this book, as well. The mystery didn't hold the atmosphere nor the creepiness of the original. All in all, I was truly disappointed. Read the first one, but skip this one.

Aug 30, 2016

Love this sequel to The Diviners.

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...

Sep 29, 2015

Just as addicting as the first, but introduces us to characters that have a different view and challenge. The theory of where everyone is going and what is going on is still there. Here's to the wait for the next one.

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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Aug 30, 2016

When sleeping sickness strikes New York, the Diviners attempt to find the source and save their friends.

Aug 29, 2015

A sleeping sickness has come to New York, but the doctors are stumped. Could the disease be the work of magic... or ghosts?


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Aug 29, 2015

Every City is a ghost.


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