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So, The Dream Thieves centers largely on Ronan; his backstory and the newly disclosed secret that he can manifest physical items from his dreams. The continuing quest to locate the mythical Welsh King Glendower is still on the forefront of Ganseys agenda, which becomes complicated by the fact that Cabeswater has disappeared. The ley lines have been acting erratically ever since the ritual in Cabeswater weeks ago, and Adam has been increasingly distant, clearly suffering from some sort of inner turmoil which inevitably affects his once budding relationship with Blue. Ronan and the crew piece together clues about Ronans ability to take things from his dreams, while at the same time a mysterious man shows up in Henrietta, tasked with locating and delivering the Greywaren to a powerful paying customer. Secrets, truths, and heartbreaks are at the center of this book with a startling cliffhanger of an ending.
While I didn't love this one as much as the first, I feel like this series has lots of moving parts to ultimately deliver the reader one heck of a story at the end, and book 2 was setting the stage and laying the groundwork for the larger story. I did like that this story focused much more on Ronan, providing us with yet more insight into this hot headed, sharp tongued member of the group. He grew on me immensely as a character. Watching the once budding relationship between Blue and Adam deconstruct was truly heartbreaking. Hell, the internal conflict within Adam himself was heartbreaking. I just felt for the kid yanno? But at the same time I wanted to shake him sometimes. The author creates such a mythical, otherworldly tone with these books that compliments the story of Gwendower well. Even though the setting is modern day in rural Virginia, as a reader you just get a sense of otherness, of something regal and big, something important. I feel like every. single. person in this series is a specific piece in the immense puzzle that is this plot line. Everything from Blues uncertain parentage, the fact that she is an amplifier, her psychic family, Ganseys death and resurrection as a child, Adams ability to control the ley line, and Ronans abilities as a Greywaren. Everyone has a role to play, a role they seem almost destined to play within this story. And I've gotta say, I'm having a pretty great time watching it all unfold.
Plot: After the events of The Raven Boys, I knew I had to get my hands on The Dream Thieves. I was a bit surprised that this book didn't pick up right after The Raven Boys with Ronan's big reveal at the end. Instead, The Dream Thieves opens a few months after The Raven Boys while referencing some events that took place between the two books. T
This is very much so a Ronan-centric novel, and much to the chagrin of all the Ronan fangirls out there...I'm not really a Ronan fan. He was a bit too angsty for me and really rough around the edges without many redeeming qualities (I'm sorry, I'm sorry). Becuase of this, I didn't enjoy The Dream Thieves as much as I did The Raven Boys.
I did enjoy how Stiefvater delved deeper into the mystery. I expected this series to revolve around Gansey's search for Glendower, but it's becoming so much more than that. I can't wait until Adam and Blue have their platforms to explore their pasts and how they can all come together in The Raven King.
Characters: I already mentioned my stance on Ronan so I won't won't speak on that too much. I really liked how Stiefvater explored his family though because I found their relationship intriguing and endearing. Next, to Ronan, I thought that Adam was a focal point which worried me about every flip of the page. Every chapter I had the thought of "oh God, something terrible is going to happen to these kids isn't it?" I can tell already that Stiefvater isn't afraid to hurt her characters and I'm already preparing for the worst!
There was an interesting development in the romance which I wasn't the big fan of surprisingly. I found it too easy and almost misplaced with all the chaos happening in The Dream Thieves.
Worldbuilding: There isn't much to add about the worldbuilding. Henrietta continues to enchant me and I enjoyed that we were able to be whisked away and explore Gansey's family in Washington, D.C.
Short N Sweet: While The Dream Thieves wasn't the book I was expecting, it unmistakably helps develop the story a bit further.
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The Dream Thieves picked up where The Raven Boys left off. However, I quickly discovered that the second installment of The Raven Cycle primarily...Read more