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...
I find this series has sort of a dreamy, menacing quality to it. It's permeated each book so far. Granted there have only been 2 books but it's pretty palatable. I did like learning more about Ronan, who just seemed like a dangerous sardonic character in the first book. He is much more the focus of this book to the determent of Blue sadly. She becomes a secondary character in this book only notable for her romantic feelings. But her family takes a bit of a larger role and that is cool. I just wanted more of Blue and maybe less of Gansey. So Ronan's secrets and his family history are explored and someone is out to get someone like Ronan who is very much like his father. It is all oddly matter of fact. These characters take everything in stride.
The thing about this book, though, is that it is all about the set-up. The Raven Boys
was the beginning and got the story moving. This one is mostly about
moving the characters to where they need to be for the finale. I'm
curious how that works in a 4 book series . Usually that is the job for
the middle book. So will the next book also be mostly for moving the
characters towards the finale? Who knows? I say this because this is a
fantastic book and I flew through it at a speed that I've sadly grown
unaccustomed. But when I thought about what happened in the book and
what I was going to say about it, I realized that a lot happened but
nothing felt like a true revelation. I know that doesn't/can't happen in
every book. But I wanted for something to shock me a little.