- Series: The Raven Cycle (Book 2)
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 054542495X
- ISBN-13: 978-0545424950
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up—Picking up where Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012) left off, Steifvater's latest casts a lingering enchantment over its audience-not unlike the waking memory of a strange and beautiful dream. With the ley lines around Henrietta awakened, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah-Raven Boys-and Blue feel closer than ever to finding the hiding place of Welsh King Owan Glendower. Then Cabeswater mysteriously vanishes, and their hopes are unceremoniously dashed. But even as the Raven Boys seek Glendower, some very dangerous men are seeking them. Once again, Stiefvater distinguishes herself as a master storyteller. Characters and settings are superbly crafted, and the elegant prose makes even mundane occurrences seem otherworldly and magical. The omniscient perspective makes audiences privy to information they would not have gained from a first-person narrative. A cliffhanger will leave audiences ravenous for the third installment. Despite not lending itself well to feminine pitches, reader Will Patton's deep, gruff voice is an ideal match for this atmospheric and eerily beautiful story. A bonus particular to the audio format is "Somnus," an original musical composition by the author. Overall, a must have!—Alissa Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
*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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The characters were separated and their narratives didn’t intersect, in fact it felt like all of their relationships were falling apart. The conflict within the group made it hard to connect to the characters the same way the reader could connect with them in the first. Strangely enough I find it the hardest to connect to the single female lead in the story. I'm not getting much from Blue. She feels vague and (at least to me) very unrelatable. I do like her as a character. I also wanted to hug Gansey a lot and tell him I liked him when everyone seemed not too. Protect Richard Gansey III at all costs.
Stiefvaters decision to include three different antagonists has an interesting effect on the story, especially when one of them does not actually enter the story, the other is redeemed, and we are forced to witness a glorious and incredibly visual defeat of the one that I wanted more from. Was Kavinski a complete SOB? Was he in love with Ronan or did he just want to drag him down to his level?
I really liked the Grey Man and his character evolution. There’s been a recent trend in fiction and TV to redeem bad guys and redeem them in order to make them into a romantic interest. Grey Man’s arc actually works. He is a bad man who has done terrible things, but his redemption arc works somehow. He was still somehow human, he didn’t try to excuse himself for things he’s done. And the other characters never do that to him either. Perhaps that’s why I actually liked him.
The Dream Thieves picks up in the summer. The boys and Blue are out of school, and all are excited about the prospect of finding Glendower being that much closer since they activated the ley line. However, amid concern for Adam, and waiting to see what his promise to Cabeswater will mean exactly, the story turns to focus more on Ronan and his dreams.
Ronan is the main narrator of this story, although everyone does get their own page time. We deal with Ronan’s secret about dreaming. It’s something his father was able to do, and Ronan feels in his entire being that it’s the reason his father was killed as well. His father died before Ronan could learn all there was to know about this talent so he has to rely on himself to figure it all out. He comes to find that there are others like him, but does he want to learn what they have to offer? We really get to know and understand just what Ronan is all about.
In The Raven Boys he was mysterious, and here Maggie Stiefvater has managed to retain the mystery but subtly open up about who Ronan really is, and what is really important to him. Ronan seems to balance so precariously on the edge towards destruction that you just want to give him a little tip in the opposite direction. You don’t want him to falter. Have faith.
Parallel to Ronan’s story is the mysterious “Gray Man” who pops into the narrative looking for an artifact called the Greywaren. Essentially it is an object that can pull items out of dreams. Little does he know the Greywaren is not necessarily an object but a person, and apparently he’s not the only one interested in finding it either thus revealing new groups of people that may have a stake in searching for Glendower.
Adam and Blue’s fragile relationship is tested as complications arise from her prophecy and his promise to Cabeswater. Everyone can tell that something is different about Adam, and they view him as a bomb waiting to go off. Adam himself is scared of what is happening to him, he doesn’t know if it’s because of Cabeswater or if he’s becoming like his father. He wonders why Blue won’t let him kiss her, but she doesn’t want to reveal her secret in fear of the possibility that Adam isn’t her true love. At this point Blue is stuck between her feelings for whether or not she wants Adam to be her true love. If so, it could eventually mean his death, and if not……well let’s just say Blue may have to think more on what she’s feeling and for whom.
Maggie Stiefvater starts out fittingly in the prologue when she states, “A secret is a strange thing.” I didn’t realize until I got to the end how everything would fit back together in that one phrase, or even one word “secret.” For, in fact, The Dream Thieves is filled with secrets both revealed to others and acknowledged to one’s self.
The Dream Thieves truly outshines its predecessor taking us even further into the imaginative world and ultimate quest for Glendower and what it all means. While the main storyline is resolved the book does end on a slight cliffhanger where it’s not yet apparent what the consequences will be. As always, in this situation, now we have the problem of waiting a whole year until we find out what happens! You can definitely expect to see this one on my list of best books of the year.
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There's really not a lot I can go into without spoiling this book or the last, but I can tell you about a few of my favorite parts, like the scene with Noah and Blue, and the pigeons. Helen is one of the best supporting characters ever. I love Persephone more and more every time I read a scene with her. The Gray Man was a surprise, at every turn, and the night terrors...jeez.
There were only two things that kind of stuck in my craw, and they were truly very minor. The first is Kazinsky--not so much him, as the sheer statistical implausibility of his existence (you'll understand what I mean when you read it, I think.) And second, the book's cliffhanger. I have to go back and read it again, because it was very late by the time I read it, but--was that Blue's mom who wrote the note? Or someone else?
Nitpicking aside, The Dream Thieves lived up to its predecessor, and I'm still happily hooked on this series.
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