Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “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 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.”
Review: Wow. As predicted in my review of The Raven Boys, I loved The Dream Thieves. What I didn’t (and couldn’t) predict was the magnitude of my affection for this book. First and foremost, I have to say that Stiefvater’s second Raven Cycles book is hands down the most creative thing I have read in a long time. It’s almost mind-boggling, the imagination that comes spilling out on each page. The level of complexity that accompanies not only her characters, but also the plot and setting, is unbelievable. Take the newly introduced Gray Man: he comes into the series as a clearly sinister character. As a hitman for the mysterious Mr. Greenmantle, the Gray Man is tasked with the daunting job of finding the Greywaren (a presumed-to-be object that allows a sleeping person to remove things from their dreams). His first act after arriving in Henrietta is to beat Declan Lynch senseless and demand knowledge on the Greywaren’s location. But as the story progresses, the Gray Man evolves as well, to the point that the reader is actively rooting for him in the final pages of The Dream Thieves. This second installment is also surprisingly funny. For example, Gansey has the following thought when he sees Blue’s flirt of a cousin, Orla, in an orange bikini:
“A tiny part of Gansey’s brain said: You have been staring for too long. The large part of his brain said: ORANGE.”
In addition to continuing development of the main characters, Stiefvater also forged on with her supplementary characters. I particularly loved all of the scenes at 300 Fox Way, the home Blue shares with her extended clairvoyant family. At the end of the day, I was left with a profound desire to spend just one day lost in the hustle and bustle of Blue’s family.
“Then Maura made something with butter and Calla made something with bacon and Blue steamed broccoli in self-defense.”
Add all of this beautiful character development to a fast-paced plot and the continuous quest for Glendower, and you have a magnificent sequel that refuses to be put down. I can’t wait to read the third installment!