I've possibly mentioned before how much I love Libba Bray. She's one of my favourite authors and, though it can take literally years for a new book to be released, I'm always very excited to fall back into her gorgeous writing.
This year, Lair of Dreams was finally released. The sequel to 2012's The Diviners, I've been waiting forever for it and it was (somewhat) worth the wait.
When I read The Diviners in 2012, I loved it. When I re-read it this summer in anticipation of Lair of Dreams, I still loved it. It has everything you could want: people with powers ranging from healing to object-reading to dream-walking to fire-making; a creepy bad guy that made it hard to read at night (at least if you're a wimp like me); gruesome murders; biblical references; and, of course, it took place in the roaring twenties so you had great slang like "the elephant's eyebrows" and "the bee's knees" and a lot of other things that made me feel vaguely gangster-like when I said them out loud.
One of the best elements were the characters. Diverse and interesting and flawed, none of them were "perfect", and could even be annoying sometimes, but that was what made the story so layered. Evie was selfish; Theta was secretive; Memphis was ambitious; Sam was sly; Jericho was broody...I could go on, but you get the point. The only thing I didn't like was the suggestion of a love triangle, because I felt it was taking away from the more interesting plot i.e. the guy running around murdering people and taking body parts.
Lair of Dreams, on the other hand, moved a lot slower. Not only was it a massive tome (600+ pages!), but the story seemed to take a while to set up. In this case, the Big Bad was a ghost who pulled people into dreams and never let them go. I don't recommend reading this one at night because it can mess with your head.
Not only are the stories intricate and multi-layered, but the writing is gorgeous. It's easy to see why it took three years for this behemoth to be written/edited/published, and the amount of detail in it is inspiring. I absolutely recommend these books for any fan of Libba Bray or the twenties or supernatural things or superheroes like the X-Men - just know that you'll need a lot of time!