Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Book II of The Raven Cycle)
Just finished up with book 2 of The Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves and am awash with thoughts, so let’s dish shall we?
So, The Dream Thieves centers largely on Ronan; his backstory and the newly disclosed secret that he can manifest physical items from his dreams. The continuing quest to locate the mythical Welsh King Glendower is still on the forefront of Ganseys agenda, which becomes complicated by the fact that Cabeswater has disappeared. The ley lines have been acting erratically ever since the ritual in Cabeswater weeks ago, and Adam has been increasingly distant, clearly suffering from some sort of inner turmoil which inevitably affects his once budding relationship with Blue. Ronan and the crew piece together clues about Ronans ability to take things from his dreams, while at the same time a mysterious man shows up in Henrietta, tasked with locating and delivering the Greywaren to a powerful paying customer. Secrets, truths, and heartbreaks are at the center of this book with a startling cliffhanger of an ending.
While I didn’t love this one as much as the first, I feel like this series has lots of moving parts to ultimately deliver the reader one heck of a story at the end, and book 2 was setting the stage and laying the groundwork for the larger story. I did like that this story focused much more on Ronan, providing us with yet more insight into this hot headed, sharp tongued member of the group. He grew on me immensely as a character. Watching the once budding relationship between Blue and Adam deconstruct was truly heartbreaking. Hell, the internal conflict within Adam himself was heartbreaking. I just felt for the kid yanno? But at the same time I wanted to shake him sometimes. The author creates such a mythical, otherworldly tone with these books that compliments the story of Gwendower well. Even though the setting is modern day in rural Virginia, as a reader you just get a sense of otherness, of something regal and big, something important. I feel like every. single. person in this series is a specific piece in the immense puzzle that is this plot line. Everything from Blues uncertain parentage, the fact that she is an amplifier, her psychic family, Ganseys death and resurrection as a child, Adams ability to control the ley line, and Ronans abilities as a Greywaren. Everyone has a role to play, a role they seem almost destined to play within this story. And I’ve gotta say, I’m having a pretty great time watching it all unfold.
Come back next Tuesday so we can dish on the third book, Blue Lily Lily Blue!
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