Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #2)

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.


  1. I felt the same way as you, these books are extremely dreamy and up in the clouds, which I think is strengthened by the fact that it's so character driven. Looking back, not much action happens, and honestly, as much as I absolutely love this series to death and back, I want some more action in the next two books! I want to know what's up with Cabeswater and all. Although I'm having a feeling that maybe, just maybe she'll next explore another character, like she did Ronan. Maybe Gansey or Adam, or even Blue, because I think while the first book might have leaned a bit more towards Blue, it was a bit centered around everyone. What are your theories on what's going to happen, and what's going to be the focus in the third book? :)

    And great review, of course! Thanks for sharing it with us. :3

    1. I'm hoping for more Gabeswater and them moving closer to finding Glendower. I think Adam and Ronan will continue to mostly be the focus. Eventually they will have to find Glendower though I don't know who will get the wish. And Blue and Gansey will have to be resolved, of course.


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