Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Published by Scholastic on September 17, 2013
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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...
Maggie Stiefvater has never suffered from second book syndrome and that is still the case with The Dream Thieves. I was surprised to find myself enjoyed The Dream Thieves even more than I enjoyed The Raven Boys. This book truly took things to the next level.
The hunt is still on for Glendower but this time there are new players in the game and Glendower isn’t the only one being hunted. Ronan’s ability is worth more than he ever could have known and he’s only just learning how it works. There are people out there who know about the ability and would do whatever it takes to take control of it. Not only that, Ronan is also learning that he may not be the only one who possesses the ability to take things from dreams and he starts to wonder what exactly has been taken from dreams and what is real.
The characters really start to change in The Dream Thieves. I honestly wasn’t sure who I liked anymore. Gansey was still Gansey but he starting being a lot wiser and more introspective. Adam changed the most and I wasn’t impressed with the changes. His anger started coming out a lot more and he was downright rude to Blue and his other friends. I still felt bad for him because of his history and how it affected him but it was still no excuse. Blue finally started to see that she wasn’t being fair to herself or to Adam and I was proud of her for that. The prophecy about her true love really started to come into play in The Dream Thieves. Blue is a strong girl but there were times when she broke down and I loved her even more for that. Then there was Ronan. I didn’t love him in the first book but I sure do now. That boy is so twisted up inside. I felt horrible for everything he’d been through but I was so happy to see how things were starting to change for him. He showed the most growth and development of anyone in The Dream Thieves. The glances into his past also helped bring me around to see his side of things.
The story went places I never expected it to go. I haven’t been able to predict a single thing about this series. Every little detail somehow ties together into the bigger picture. Readers can tell that everything is leading up to something big but I have no clue how the story will get there or what’s going to happen once it does get there. Also, it’s impossible to tell who is good and who is bad and who does bad things just because they have to. Each and every character is so complex and has a story all their own. Good luck trying to figure anything out about this story or the characters.
Overall, The Dream Thieves continues the epicness (new word!) that is the Raven Cycle. I’m excited to dive into Blue Lily, Lily Blue and see where Maggie Stiefvater takes Blue and her boys next.
What others are saying about The Dream Thieves:
The Streetlight Reader’s review: “The magic of The Raven Boys was lost in this book and the characters I had come to love were no longer present in this book.”
Starlight Book Reviews’ review: “While I missed the heaviness of the first book, it was still appropriate given the focus on Ronan and his progression and revelations.”
Wrapped Up In Books’ review: ” I highly recommend reading it one sitting (or as few as possible) so you can completely immerse yourself in the world and the writing.”