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Book Review: The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater

Following on from last weeks post, The Dream Thieves is the second book in the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.

The Blurb:dreamthieves

Blue didn’t mean to fall for the Raven Boys, but she has – and the more her life entwines with theirs, the more dangerous it becomes. Ronan is the most dangerous of all. He
‘s the haunted one, the darkest, the most raven. His dreams invade reality and confuse what is true. With magic growing stronger around them, now is a time to be wary. Before everything unravels… Friendships will be tested. Someone will get hurt. And a kiss will be shared.”

Urgh. These blurbs are horrendous and when I read them back I have no idea why I picked up the books in the first place. PS. “And a kiss will be shared” is the biggest tease in the history of publishing. Don’t make me think she’s going to kiss/kill Gansey and then brutally chuck something else at me! That’s not fair!

The blurb does get one thing right though, The Dream Thieves is about Ronan more than anyone else. It does follow the rest of the Gangsey (Gansey’s gang) and all their stories are obviously connected, but the main arc is Ronans’. Ronan finding himself, learning the truth about his father, making new friends and enemies and generally being an asshat to anyone who looks at him the wrong way. That’s what I like about this series, there is no clear ‘main character’; there are five. It’s so nice that the sequel can be told from an almost completely different perspective and not change anything. It still makes sense, it’s still the same series. It works.

Continuing the themes of the first book and delving more into the characters and their lives, motivations and relationships, the second book in this series builds on everything that made the first one so good. There is more magic and mysticism, new characters are introduced, not everything is black and white: sometimes it’s OK to be morally grey. At least it is in Henrietta, Virginia. Yet again Stiefvater’s final sentence left me audibly questioning what the hell I was supposed to do until I could read the next book and discover what happened. Cliffhangers are this womans’ forte.

This series is well worth the read, and in a shocking twist to anyone who’s ever read/watched a sequel, The Dream Thieves is actually better than the first book.

4 1/2 stars. ****1/2

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