**Warning! If you haven’t read The Raven Boys which is the first book in the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
The Dream Thieves is an amazing follow up to The Raven Boys. This book focuses heavily on Ronan who is by far one of the most interesting characters in the series. We’re introduced to his ability to pull objects out of dreams and bring them into the real world which is something that he hasn’t shared before. We also learn a lot more about Ronan’s family history and about his father and the relationship between him and his two brothers. Ronan is the most mysterious of the Raven Boys so it was such a pleasure to find out more about him and learn about where his tough exterior formed from. He is also befriended by a terribly destructive character, Joseph Kavinsky. The dynamic between the pair is tense and wildly unexpected.
I really enjoyed the relationships that began to develop in this installment. We’re introduced to the Gray Man who is sent to Cabeswater to hunt an object called the Greywaren. He ends up being a potential love interest for Blue’s mother Maura and their dynamic is nothing short of the strangeness you would imagine between a psychic and a hitman. Admittedly, the Gray Man’s storyline was a slow start for me. Adam’s character is also evolving into an impatient and unpleasant person which causes Blue to have some serious reservations about their relationship. Her and Gansey continue to get closer which I am all for!
The Dream Thieves is a much quicker paced read than the first book in the series. There were many more action scenes and having the background of the first book, Maggie Stiefvater was able to explore more of the magic in Cabeswater. In The Dream Thieves, nightmares come alive and the dream sequences are hauntingly beautiful and gorgeously frightful. There is SO MUCH symbolism which will not be entirely evident until the end of the book. The plot continues to be complex and allows the reader to further develop so many feelings for all of the main characters. I still think about the final action sequence in the book and my mind is just blown. I cannot wait to read the third book as a result!
Final Thought: The Dream Thieves has so much character development and a beautifully complex plot. Maggie Stiefvater’s beautifully crafted story interweaves everyone’s fates in such a haunting and harmonious way. Similar to The Raven Boys, the beginning of the novel is a slower read but there is so much payoff at the end. If you liked The Raven Boys even a little bit, you absolutely must continue the series because The Dream Thieves will blow your mind.
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… (via Goodreads)