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.
Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Number of Pages: 439
Publishing Date: Sept. 17th, 2013
The Dream Thieves is the second novel in the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. This review will contain spoilers pertaining to both The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. I’ve done a spoiler-free of The Raven Boys already, which you can read here.
This novel continues the adventures of Blue Sargent and the Raven Boys as they strive on in their quest to find Glendower, the sleeping king. I found the beginning of this book to be quite slow and it seemed to take about 150 pages before the pace of the plot finally began to pick up. Nonetheless, when the plot picked up, I couldn’t set the book down and I found the story extremely enjoyable! I’ve grown quite attached to all of the characters in this story and I loved the direction that the author took this story in.
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
I loved how Ronan-centric this novel was. I really love Ronan’s character and it was nice being able to explore it further than before. The author kept throwing new plot details into the story, such as Ronan being able to take things from dreams and then Kavinsky was able to do that and then there was the Gray Man that was looking for the Greywaren and then the ley line started acting all weird and Adam started seeing things and IT GOT REALLY CRAZY REALLY QUICKLY.
There were numerous times where I found myself confused and trying to puzzle together each detail that the author would give to us. While I sometimes found myself easily mixing up details in my head, I eventually got used to the continuous chunks of information that would be thrown into the plot and I grew to look forward to them as I progressed through every chapter. It took about 25% of the book for me to finally really get into the story, but once I did get into the story, I couldn’t set the book down. I finally finished this book at around 3:25am and I was very satisfied with where the plot had been taken.
Can we please take a minute to talk about the romance between Gansey and Blue? From the moment in the first book when Blue and Adam kind of became a “thing”, I didn’t ship them that much. There wasn’t really a connection between them. Gansey and Blue, on the other hand, oh my goodness. As they bickered or talked or joked more and more, I began to really ship them and I could sense them developing feelings for each other. That scene where they almost kissed, oh my goodness, my heart almost exploded.
“I wish you could be kissed, Jane,” he said. “Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.” He flailed an arm toward the stars.”
Blue has truly become one of my favorite characters in this series. We were introduced to her in the first book, but in this book we really saw her. You knew when she was in a scene because she was just so prominently there and she has this confidence about herself that I love. She’s caring, witty, and GAH, I really loved whenever a chapter was from Blue’s point of view. There’s so much romantic tension between Blue and Gansey and I’m definitely hoping for more cute moments between them in the next two books.
As always, each of the Raven Boys messed with my emotions. Gansey, my favorite of the bunch, showed a bit of character development within this novel that I appreciated. I feel like he went through a lot of realizations and it’s slowly changing him to be a better character than ever before. As I said in my review of the first novel in this series, he’s my little cinnamon bun and I adore him so much. I really wish we had gotten to see more of Noah. He’s a gem and he adds such a good element to this story. The scene where he and Blue kissed was so sweet and it made me feel so bad for him because everything that’s happened to him just isn’t fair at all. We got to see so much more of Ronan in this book and we learned about his family’s secrets and his Dad. Ronan went through character development, too, and we saw a very protective side of him, so my love for him grew a lot. I’m still not sure how to feel about Adam, I’m really worried that he’s going to go down a bad path, especially when it comes to getting a favor from Glendower. I don’t know, I really like Adam and I feel like his character needs to be explored more.
“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.”
As always, Blue’s family never failed to make me smile and laugh. I wasn’t really expecting the Gray Man and Maura to develop a relationship and, while I was wary of him at first, I found it astonishing how drastically the Gray Man’s character developed. I grew to really like his character and I’m glad he made the decision to stay in town to be with Maura, because this means we’re hopefully going to be seeing a more personal side of him in Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
Just a quick shoutout to one of my favorite scenes in this book: when Ronan threw Noah out of the window. I laughed so freaking hard, oh my gosh.
Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style is a very specific kind of writing style. It’s very verbose and word-y and sometimes I’ll find myself having to re-read paragraphs because she puts so much detail and words into every chapter. Nonetheless, I have gotten used to her style of writing and I really appreciate how detailed it is.
Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Raven Boys, I thought that it was full of many twists and turns and secrets were revealed and I have so many theories regarding many characters and plot points now. I’m very excited to continue with this series and I plan on starting Blue Lily, Lily Blue today!
So, have any of you read The Dream Thieves? What did you think of it? Comment your thoughts below!