Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Published September 17th, 2013 by Scholastic Press.
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If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?
Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.
One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.
And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.
Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath the town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.
Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Maggie Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two.” Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure. (Goodreads)
As this is book two in The Raven Cycle I won’t be going into all the details of the story but this story shifts perspectives and is much more focused on the character of Ronan Lynch. In this book we find out that Ronan can retrieve items from his dreams and the consequences of him being able to do that. We’re also learning more about each of our other characters in the series, Blue, Gansey, Adam, and Noah, but the focus is definitely on Ronan. While I really enjoyed the eerie quality of Ronan’s abilities and what it means to the overall story I just couldn’t get into the story as much as I did The Raven Boys. The Dream Thieves was heavy on magical realism and even the writing itself was not as straight forward as the previous novel in the series. It took me much longer to read and for those reasons, I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as The Raven Boys. Maybe it was a case of second book syndrome but it didn’t feel that way. Ronan’s abilities and back story is vital to his character and the story. Mr. Gray was also introduced and while I do not believe we were properly introduced to him by the end of the book I had a good idea who he was and his motivations as a character. What I can say is between Mr. Gray and Ronan’s abilities and his interactions with Kavinsky I was uneasy the entire time. Maybe that uneasy feeling played more into my enjoyment of this novel that I originally thought. Regardless it’s definitely worth a go because I’m currently reading and loving Blue Lily, Lily Blue the third book in the series. Don’t forget that the fourth and final book in the series, The Raven King releases later this month.