Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 17th 2013
5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.”
Ronan Lynch has been keeping secrets all his life, but when his dreams start getting out of hand he has to start getting everyone else involved. While people hunt for Ronan’s power he, Blue and the other Raven Boys hunt for Glendower, an ancient king who will grant whomever finds him a wish.
Sequels often struggle to be quite as impressive as the original work, but The Dream Thieves is just as good if not better than The Raven Boys. Stiefvater expands upon the brilliant world and characters she created in her first novel and the result is breathtaking.
This book does feel a bit wider than The Raven Boys in scope, it allows not only the main characters to grow but also Blue’s family. It’s wonderful seeing more of Calla, Perseophone and Orla. Perhaps the most interesting is the plot that arises with Maura. Young adult literature too often leaves adult characters on the side and doesn’t give them the depth and attention they deserve. Stiefvater paints every character as complex and interesting, even the ones who don’t get to stay around long.
Kavinsky and The Grey Man are relatively new in this book and it doesn’t take long for them to feel just as familiar as Blue’s family or the boys. Kavinsky is a particularly interesting and well-created character. He isn’t nice or particularly good, but he has moments where he’s likeable or maybe even sympathetic.
It was particularly nice how the book respected it’s readers. Although there are plenty of unsual things happening it didn’t constantly reexplain itself as many books do. It assumed it’s readers were intelligent enough to follow the story without it having to remind them who Glendower was every five pages, which seems like a small thing but many series are starting to fall on the wrong end of this sort of thing.
It was more heavily character driven than the previous book, but still just as stunning.