I read The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater after borrowing it from the library.
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…
The second book in The Raven Cycle series is a lot darker and dangerous than its predecessor. Ronan takes a bigger part in The Dream Thieves as he becomes a master of his special gift, pulling real items from his dreams. More of his background is revealed and the reasons behind the way Ronan interacts with the world begins to make a little more sense.
But Ronan is not the only dark force in this book, there are some dangerous men after the knowledge that the gang has. The plot about Cabeswater thickens and relationships among the main characters twist and turn at every new revelation.
There are so many great things about Stiefvater’s series. I love the interactions among all the players. Everyone develops at the same pace, backgrounds are built up, relationships change, and the readers understanding of who the characters are deepen immensely.
Blue is one of my favorite female protagonist. Like most of us, she is trying to find her tribe, the place that she fits. When she finds those people, the people she can be her different self around, her connection to the group changes over time and she has to keep revisiting how she fits with them. Life is not static and Stiefvater shows how this plays out in Blue’s life.
But all of the characters share the lime light, and that is what makes this series great. The depth of feeling and emotional connection that develops from the reader is not just because of the awesome mythical story line that arcs over the series, but because the characters are so real, and at the same time, bigger than life. You end up rooting for all of them, because they all have the potential for greatness even though at the same time you can see all their flaws and why that potential may never be reached.
While this is a great novel, it wouldn’t do well as a stand alone. It really fits only as a second book in a series. In deed, the entire series is built in such a way that one can’t just jump into the middle. You really need to start with the first book and see the painful joyous journey through as it unfolds. But like the first book, there are some parts of the mystery that are cleared up by the end of the book, some questions that are answered, of course, there are many more that are not.
I really love this series. In fact, I think I will have to go back and reread it, because I’m sure I’m missing some of the smaller details that get lost in the overall thrill of the story. Stiefvater has a way with the supernatural, with the telling of it, with the reality of it, that makes her own work magical.