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Product Details

  • Series: Raven Cycle (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545424941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545424943
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Beginning the same summer in which The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012) ended, The Dream Thieves is a little less about Blue Sargent and more about Gansey. Richard Campbell Gansey III (don't call him Dick), Ronan, Adam, ghostly Noah, and Joseph Kavinsky are (or were) raven boys-students at posh Aglionby Academy in the small Virginia town of Henrietta. The writing style maintains a dark and brooding tone as Gansey continues to investigate the existence of a ley line, an invisible channel of energy, recently awakened, that may lead them to the ancient Welsh king Glendower. The complicated relationships and plot points are difficult to follow without the background from The Raven Boys. Even with the background, new characters appear: the deadly (perhaps) Gray Man, Greenmantle, and the idea of a Greywaren. Blue comes from a family of women with psychic gifts, but her gift isn't "sight" itself but a talent for magnifying the pressence of magic around her-a significant contribution where finding the ley line is concerned. Readers looking for answers won't find them in this book. Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase (keys hang from the ignition like "ripe fruit," a farm yard is populated with "deceased pick-up trucks") will want to spend more time in Henrietta. Purchase where the first book is popular, and suggest the series to fans of Holly Black's "Curse Workers" books (S & S) or to readers of grittier works such as Andrew Smith's The Marbury Lens (2010) and Passenger (2012, both Feiwel & Friends).-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* In this continuation of The Raven Boys (2012), Printz Honor Book recipient Stiefvater continues the compelling story, keeping the focus once again on the Raven Boys themselves: privileged Gansey, tortured Adam, spectral Noah, and darkly dangerous Ronan. This time, though, their quest for the legendary sleeping Welsh King, Owen Glendower, takes a backseat to a spate of secrets, dreams, and nightmares that appear to be sapping the ley line—an invisible channel of energy connecting sacred places—that runs beneath their small Virginia town. Could this be the reason that the mystical forest, Cabeswater, has inexplicably disappeared? Who is the mysterious Grey Man, and why is he searching for the Greywaren, a relic that enables its owner to steal objects from dreams? How does this involve secretive Ronan? Visceral suspense builds as the characters pursue answers to these and other questions, and a palpable sense of foreboding and danger increasingly permeates the novel. Richly written and filled with figurative language (buildings are “tidy as library books”; a “murmur of guests” attend a party; a woman looks “fresh as a newscaster”), this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers, and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Backed by a 150,000 print run and a marketing push that includes a college-campus campaign, this title should multiply Stiefvater’s already vast fan base. Grades 9-12. --Michael Cart

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Hello. After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, I'm now a full-time writer living in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs who fart recreationally, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

I'm also an award-winning colored pencil artist, play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), and recently acquired a race car.

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Customer Reviews

The focus of the large cast of characters shifts from Blue in Raven Boys to Ronan in Dream Thieves.
K. Sue
Maggie Stiefvater's writing is magical in and of itself, but the world she created here is incredibly intoxicating!
Brenna
The pacing was good, the story was good, and I liked the characters better than I did in the first book.
Amanda

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Hazen on February 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I love a lot of books. And yeah, no surprise, I adore this one. But mostly? I'm jealous as S*** of Maggie Stiefvater for having written this. Because this is the kind of fiction you don't just adore with your heart: if you're like me, you pour over it for hours, trying to understand the evil brilliance behind each uniquely flawless turn of phrase, each effortless plot twist, the knot at the end appearing out of nowhere, perfectly tied.

I mean, as a human being, how in the holy hell do you even DO that?

The characterization in this was subtle and vivid as all hell and fantastic. They didn't seem like character types, and they didn't seem like people you'd meet in life. They seemed more interesting than that, all of them, just every kind of quirky. The semi-antagonist character was a fantastically well-written Dean Koontz style villain: spare and deliberate, with one deeply weird hobby and a confident presence. His big moment at the end was Dean Koontz style, in the best way. For those of you not familiar with that author, I'll put it this way: I love a good fight scene. But sometimes, you come up with something even better.

This novel contained the most elegantly written framing for murder I've ever read, and three of the most natural slipping-into-love kind of relationships I've seen grace the page. It was crazy entertaining and nothing at all like a normal story that you read in a book. But most of all...

Every. Single. Word. fell into place as if it could never have been anywhere else but RIGHTTHERE. I glow for a week if I can write a PARAGRAPH like that, and this woman wrote an ENTIRE BOOK OF IT. I don't know if I should be awed, furious, or explosively demonstrative. Possibly all three. Off to do that now.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
The ley line has been awakened, but the Raven Boys have a new slew of troubles -- nightmares, vanishing energies, and a mysterious hit man.

But don't worry. While Maggie Stiefvater unveils new problems in "The Dream Thieves," she also deftly dovetails them into the subplots of the first Raven book, such as Ronan's magical dream abilities or Gansey's search for the mythical Glendower. While nothing is really resolved here, the subplots progress far enough to entrance the reader, and promise strange and magical things for Book Three.

Blue and the Raven Boys (wouldn't that be an awesome name for a band?) are still on their quest for Glendower, especially now that Adam has wakened the ley line. But now the line seems to be going wild, blinking out and surging ay random. This is also disrupting poor Noah, who keeps blinking out, and causes erratic behavior from the increasingly-troubled Adam.

But the most unrest comes from Ronan, whose abilities are becoming more intense, especially as he starts acting recklessly around the school monster, Kavinsky. Then a clandestine trip back to the family estate reveals a shocking secret about his family -- and that secret may not only reveal the truth about Niall Lynch's murder, but of Cabeswater itself.

And because we need a solid one-book storyline to ground the floating plot threads, a hit-man known as the Gray Man comes to Henrietta. His goal: a mysterious Lynch family artifact known as the Greywaren.

In "The Raven Boys," Maggie Stiefvater conjured a number of subplots -- Ronan's dreams, Glendower, Adam's troubles, Gansey's impending demise. But it's only in "The Dream Thieves" that they start to weave together into a truly unified story... well, almost.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Book Runner on September 20, 2013
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If you love words, you have to read this book! Second books are traditionally the character development tomes that are not normally as exciting as book 1 or book 3, but are needed to round out the story. Since Maggie Stiefvater excels at both character development and plot advancement because of her masterful use of words, book 2 is not just a filler but a brilliant work of art.

In the first book we got the object of the mission (finding Glendower) and who was the leader (Gansey). We also got the budding of an attraction between Adam and Blue, but the foreshadowing that Blue's real true love would be Gansey whom she saw herself lovingly kissing in a vision. And let's remember, Blue's true love will die when she kisses him. In The Dream Thieves we get a better perspective on some of the crew making up the expedition that Gansey is leading, specifically Ronan. While, in my opinion, the story still centers around the group, we are given little tidbits of information about Ronan specifically that help us to understand his "viper in the grass" persona. We are also introduced to a new bad guy (the previous one was killed off) named the Gray Man, who was just as fascinating as all of Maggie Stiefvater's other characters. Here's what we learn:

The Grey Man: has been hired by Professor Colin Greenmantle, for the last five years, to find the Greywaren which he believes is an instrument or relic that allows the owner to take objects out of dreams. We learned that Ronan can do this and suspect that he is the Greywaren that the Grey Man is looking for. While mysterious, he is as forthcoming as Noah was when he said, "I have been dead for seven years" and no one took him seriously.
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