Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
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...
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic

Kat's Review

I'm a big fan of Maggie Stiefvater's writing, and this book does not disappoint. It's a little bit grittier than the first, but that's partly because it focuses more on Ronan, who's a little grittier than Gansey. The boys are still looking for the buried King, but as Ronan gets pulled deeper into his dream world, the focus of the book shifts to deal more with the mystery of how it is that Ronan can actually pull objects from his dream world, and what that means for the group as a whole.

I love the way this series seems to be able to shift attention among the various characters in such a seamless manner. Blue and Gansey were the main characters in the first book, but this one sees Adam and Ronan come into their own. As Adam realizes the significance of the deal he made, he pulls away from his friends in order to embrace his destiny (or at least what he thinks is his destiny).  I can sense the greater plan for this series starting to come together, but I have no idea how things are going to end.

Maggie Stiefvater is skilled at combining the mundane with the extraordinary. Prep school boys, misfit girl, friendships and teen romance, mixed with a buried King, a boy who can pull objects from his dreams, and a family of psychics. The pacing reflect that- some quieter moments where the various relationships take precedence, and then more action packed scenes where the fantastical really comes to life.

Kat's Rating: All Consuming

I savoured this book slowly, rather than zooming through it. Hardcover copy, a chapter or two before bed at night. Not all books deserve that kind of time commitment. This one does.

I purchased my copy of this book.

1 comment:

  1. So glad to see that you loved it too! I also read it slowly, so I'd be able to stay in the story longer. Now I can't wait to read the next book, though it's gonna be a looong wait. Awesome review!


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