Title: The Dream Thieves
Series: Book #2 in The Raven Cycle
Author: Maggie Steifvater
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal, Romance
Format: Gifted Paperback
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.
As this is a sequel there may be spoilers!
This book, guys. This book was amazing. From the way the setting is detailed to the anxious feelings of the characters, to the mysteries underlying it all, this book was spectacular.
The plot of this book mainly focuses on dreams and mostly from the perspective of Ronan, the wild card of the Raven Boys group. He’s often pretty rowdy and mean, even if he likes the person, but that’s just the way he is. And there’s really no difference in this novel even when the perspective is from him.
As it starts, the book talks a lot more in depth about dreams and just how Ronan is able to conjure things from his dreams and bring them into reality. They might be just slightly skewed from the dream world, but he otherwise brings almost perfect replicas of whatever it is he wants most in his dreams to real life. At first, no one 100% believes him, until he brings something back, and then it’s like that wasn’t the strangest thing they had seen all day.
But not only do we get an explanation of dreams and how Ronan is able to conjure these things, we get a much wider look into his life when his father was alive and how his father also had the gift. We also learned so much more about his family that I guessed some things and, sure enough, I was right. It shocked me to know that I was right because some part of me was hoping I was wrong, but at the same time it’s amazing to think how one person could conjure up so much in their lifetime.
Aside from Ronan’s life and perspective, the book does follow the other characters are well, as well as a new person: The Gray Man. Now, the Gray Man is, well, inherently gray. From the clothes he wears to his intense gray eyes, he is just an embodiment of the word and color gray. He’s also a hit man and his current job is to find the Graywaren – an object that can help bring things out of people’s dreams. He doesn’t know that the Graywaren is a person, though, and so he goes around Henrietta trying to find it.
And along the way he goes to visit the home of Blue’s family, where he meets Calla, Persephone, and Maura, and has a very lovely and interesting encounter with Maura. I actually really like those two together; they just seem to balance one another out well.
Then there was Kavinsky, who I really didn’t like, but also couldn’t help like at the same time. He was an extremely bad person in some ways and very much like an open flame: unyielding and untamed. And the fact that he, too, also has the same gift as Ronan shocked me! I didn’t think that it would be outside of Ronan’s family, but then again, why shouldn’t there be others with the same ability? And even though he did help out Ronan to really discover the potential in taking from the dream world, he was just too unpredictable.
Though he did point out something pretty awesome about Ronan near the end there and I nearly died. Oh man.
I grew to appreciate Gansey and Adam more because in the first book, I couldn’t understand the hype around Gansey – why does everyone love him? – and I just kind of thought Adam was up to no good. But this book, from the perspectives of Blue and Ronan, as well as Adam and Gansey themselves, showed more of who they are to their cores and I really appreciated those aspects of them. And now I find myself rather attached not only to them, but all of the characters.
As far as the plot goes, the underlying mystery and search for Glendower continues as the group discovers more mysterious objects from Glendower’s time and how they discover more about the ley line and why it’s acting funny and disappearing. I love how Steifvater is able to weave all of their individual stories together to bring everything out into the light slowly over time. She definitely has a way with words in this series.
And as far as the other characters go, I feel like they are each coming into their own and realizations of who they are as people is drawing on them. They are each realizing their destinies, in a way, and I think that that is a truly beautiful thing. Every one of them brings out something in the other, whether it be good or bad, but I think that those times really help to show just who they are on the inside, which is most important of all.
Of course, the book isn’t without its faults with some slow points or parts that sometimes felt just a little out of place, and a few typos here and there, but otherwise I was so wrapped up in the story itself to notice anything else wrong with it.
Overall, I loved this book. I thought that the writing was exquisite and that everything about the plot and the discoveries of the characters’ personalities was really well put together – especially at the end where I literally gasped out loud to some things and stopped breathing for others.
I rate this book 5/5 stars and highly recommend it after you read The Raven Boys.