Published: September 5th 2013 by Scholastic
Format: ARC, 450 pages
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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 ...
There are few writers in the world who can tell a story with as much emotion as Maggie Stiefvater. Fewer still who can write romance stained with horror, desire mixed with fear, sweetness swirling with red-hot anger. The Dream Thieves takes up with Blue and the gang shortly after the events of The Raven Boys, and we follow the cast as they struggle to uncover the secrets of lost kings and the hidden depths of their own dreams.
Haunting and clever and vividly painted, The Dream Thieves focusses on Ronan and his power to takes things out of his dreams. Each chapter unravels a small part of the mystery and allows us to see the magical wonders that surround our characters, and Ronan’s story is slowly revealed. That’s not to say the other characters don’t feature heavily, because they do. In particular, I liked being in Adam’s head, Gansey is amazingly flawed, and Blue is still my hero in so many ways. Of all their stories though, it’s Ronan’s that struck a chord within me, and I like that he got some resolution in the end.
Blue is always honest with herself, and it’s very interesting how her quirks and upbringing translate into the romantic arena. She’s determined not to love Gansey, determined not to kiss Adam for fear of hurting him, and above all, wants to keep her friendships intact. The romance in The Dream Thieves is painfully sweet, and left a gaping hole in my heart. I hope it’s resolved in some magical way so that no one gets hurt, but I can see the next book will be brutal for all the characters. The secondary romances amuse me greatly, including that of Blue’s mother, and I have theories about Persephone’s future as well (hopefully they pan out in the next book).
Like The Raven Boys, this novel is superbly plotted and filled with unexpected twists that will keep readers guessing. There is so much going on, and many seemingly unrelated story-elements, but as a reader I was extremely satisfied at how they culminated into a magical conclusion of epic proportions. The things in the background, like Ronan’s relationship with Matthew and Blue’s increasing dissatisfaction within her family make the book all the more interesting and realistic – it’s witching hour, but some of the problems our characters face are refreshingly human.
Stiefvater’s book are always a pleasure to read, and often find myself wanting to savour and devour them in equal measure. She’s proven herself as a master storyteller, and I think everyone should try her books. The Dream Thieves is a quality sequel to The Raven Boys, and I am (very) eagerly awaiting news of the next instalment of the adventures of Blue and her raven boys.