Review of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream ThievesThe Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
By: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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An electronic copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:
star

Summary (via Goodreads):
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…

The Story:
The sequel The Dream Thieves takes all the rich and lavish world building of The Raven Boys and adds in some new surprises and additional characters. I actually think that this book is my favorite of Stiefvater’s so far.

As with The Raven Boys the pacing is slow yet still intoxicating and gripping. Stiefvater doesn’t rush her story buildup or character development but lets us immerse ourselves and become fully invested page by page. This book is rooted in a world so familiar to ours yet it wasn’t difficult to imagine and believe that the extraordinary things happening to and around our characters.  This magical atmosphere honestly created a dream feel to the book that I absolutely love.

The Characters:
Stiefvater gives us much deeper insight into each of her characters. I loved reading about Ronan’s past and seeing the world through his view point. It was heartbreaking to see the walls he’s built to shield himself and his emotions. I was always fond of his character but in The Dream Thieves I was able to visualize him so clearly and really get attached to him. This book felt like a devotion to him and the impact his dreams are having on his waking life.

Gansey is an easy favorite from the beginning of the series. We get to see him in his childhood home and interacting in the experiences he was raised in. It was enlightening to see him putting on the airs of high society. His relationship and understanding with Blue deepened and was so enjoyable (if not devastating) to read.

Blue continues to be outstanding and beautifully unique. The threat of her kiss being the demise of her true love wasn’t nearly as focused in this book but wasn’t forgotten either. I felt how tragic this was for her possibly even further in this book than the first.

I was impressed with how Stiefvater crafted the relationships of all the characters as a group, individually and with one another. I can’t think of another book where the character’s dialog and interactions felt so real. Each personality is completely unique and you truly feel that you know them after reading their stories.

Final Thoughts:
Overall Maggie Stiefvater is brilliant at creating characters that are well rounded and broken in the most beautiful way. Her stories are creative and her writing seamless. Though most of her books are slowly paced they are worth the buildup and continue to exceed my expectations.

Comments

  1. says

    I’m so excited for The Dream Thieves! It sounds so much better than the Raven Boys and Ronan was definitely my favourite character so I’m anxious to see how much better he can get. I keep hearing a lot about The Gray Man (who is not mentioned in your review) so I’m excited to see how that plays out. Great review! 🙂

  2. says

    I love your second-to-last paragraph, Kristen! I completely agree with you – she does have an impressive way with the characters and their relationships. It’s kind of incredible to think about how attached I’ve gotten to them just over the course of two books. I adore that slow and atmospheric pace of all of Maggie Stiefvater’s books. It gives me serious writer’s envy! Stunning review, hon. 🙂

  3. says

    Brilliant review Kristen!

    I’m so absolutely impatient to get my hands on this book! I’m so stalking my poor postman and hoping it will arrive soon this week! I can’t wait till I can lose myself in this world!

    • says

      I’m so happy that we all loved this one so much! It’s hard to follow up a great first book and so happy this sequel was better than the first.

  4. says

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet. Everybody says is phenomenal! It honestly doesn’t sound like something that I’d normally like, but after hearing all of these rave reviews, I can’t help but want to give it a try.

  5. says

    “Maggie Stiefvater is brilliant at creating characters that are well rounded and broken in the most beautiful way.” YES, THIS! I adore her characters. And I think I feel the same…this might just be my new favorite Maggie book. Especially with that almost kiss….that was the passionate, heartfelt NOT kiss I’ve ever read. *sigh*

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