by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic on Sept. 17, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Dreams and nightmares. Reality and fantasy. The lines between them intersect and blur in Maggie Stiefvater’s second installment of her Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves. We’re back with Blue and her Aglionby boys, but while the focus of the last book was the quest for Glendower, here it’s shifted. They search for meaning in the erratic ley lines and try to find reason in magic where there is none. Ronan stars here, his character filling out and becoming less the angry wild card he was in The Raven Boys. He’s still savage, but I understand him now.
The story is ethereal and hard to pin down, much like dreams themselves. The plot is almost gauzy and takes unexpected turns that slip somewhere between truth and fiction. There are times this verges almost on absurd—like how easily characters accept Mr. Gray as a hit man—and I wanted something concrete to ground me in the story. But Stiefvater’s lyrical writing kept drawing me back in. It all culminates in a stunning conclusion that promises great things to come. (4 stars)
Maggie continues to blow me away with her writing. Not one word is wasted, which is why I always take my time to read (or in this case listen) to her books. The Dream Thieves is a great sequel, and adds even more layers to the Raven Cycle series, more characters and depth. I loved getting a better understanding of Ronan, and seeing the relationship between Blue and Gansey slowly develop was satisfying (I can’t think of a better word, truly). I also appreciated how the story was wrapped up neatly in the end.
I was fortunate to listen to the audiobook of The Dream Thieves. It’s narrated by Will Patton, and though I thought some of his voices for the women were a bit… off, I thought he did a great job overall. (4.5 stars)