I have newly been addicted to this series. I thought the first book, was really good, but I wasn’t prepared for how much I would love its sequel, The Dream Thieves. Truth be told, I’m already almost halfway through the third book in this series, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, but we will get to that when the time is right.
The Dream Thieves was everything I didn’t know I needed in a sequel to The Raven Boys. Like more of Ronan. Oh, Ronan, my love. I was intrigued by him in the first book, but I’ve developed a serious attachment to him in this book. But this post shall not reveal any secrets or spoilers for you! Instead, let’s get on to the good stuff…
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA Fiction, Magical Realism, Urban Fantasy
Published: September 17, 2013 by Scholastic Press
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
About: Maggie Stiefvater
“I am Maggie Stiefvater. I write books. Some are about dead Welsh kings. Some are about werewolf nookie. And some are about neither.
I have been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. I play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), I still make art, and I recently acquired and unacquired a race car.
Currently, I live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my husband, my two children, some cows, three dogs who fart recreationally, a criminally insane cat, an interminable number of miniature silky fainting goats, and one 1973 Camaro named Loki.
I like things that go.”
As a sequel, this book did a tremendous job at furthering the plot and character arcs presented in the first book. It is my personal opinion that Maggie Stiefvater is a master plot-weaver. I may or may not have said something similar to this in my review of The Raven Boys, but I was even more impressed by this story. It’s tough to be the second book in a series, almost especially when there are more than three books in the series. It’s sort of a liminal space occupied by dealing with the aftermath of the first plot, while managing to set up the rest of the overarching plot of the series.
However, in The Dream Thieves, Stiefvater begins to answer many of the questions she poses in The Raven Boys. New characters are introduced, but in a more permanent way to the series. The main focus of this plot is Ronan’s journey with what he divulges at the end of The Raven Boys – that he can remove objects from dreams. I loved Ronan’s storyline, and I was so excited to see how this tied in to Cabeswater, and the overarching plot of the series.
The whole gang is back in this book. Plus the addition of a few new antagonists. We see more development in Ronan of course, but in Adam as well, as he deals with the aftermath of turning his father in for abuse and leaves his trailer-park home. Adam struggles with an anger inside of him reminiscent of his father’s rage, and he has to learn how to funnel this correctly when he’s upset with his friends. Gansey is classic Gansey, and Blue remains somewhat the same.
However, what I loved was that we got to see a little more of Blue’s family at 300 Fox Way. Maura, Calla, and Persephone are more firmly established as sort of the secondary gang to this series. We learn more about them and their personalities and desires. They play a bigger role in this story which was great to see.
While I think that Stiefvater is great at crafting plots, the pacing is always a little bit off for me. I think that it has to do with the witty and subtle language. If you aren’t reading somewhat slowly, you will miss out on small details that have larger meanings. It’s not necessarily a problem with me, because I’m alright slowing down a little bit to read these books. But I have heard that this is a criticism for some people who read at a quicker pace.
All in all, I really loved it! This was exactly what I needed to read after The Raven Boys to keep me interested in the series.
I give this book 4.5/5 stars.
Have you read The Raven Boys yet? You definitely should! If this book doesn’t get you hooked, I don’t know what will.
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