Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle, #2
“She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness.”
-The Raven Boys
I begin this review with a quote from the first book in the series entitled The Raven Boys because it perfectly sums up how I feel about The Dream Thieves and its predecessor. The second book picks up where we left off with the group’s search for the Welsh king Glendower, but the search goes awry when the paranormal ley line loses power and mayhem ensues when a secret becomes much bigger than the one who holds it.
I keep telling people that these books do something to me. And I don’t have the right words to explain what it is about these particular books that have me in such misery and rapture. The impractical side of me wishes desperately to find her own magic, so she can find a way into these pages or find a way to take the world found in them and bring them to life. The practical part of me is telling me to calm down and enjoy the magic as any reader does when met with something special, but I don’t feel like listening to her right now. I almost feel incapable of writing this review because I feel all at once anxious and desiccated and euphoric.
“In that moment Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.”
Have you ever read a book where it’s hard to distinguish one character from another? No one has a clear, decisive identity and as a result the characters seem to bleed into each other? The Dream Thieves does not suffer from this problem. Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Blue are all distinct from each other with their own desires, secrets and motivations. They are dynamic and compelling, making you read yet another chapter even if you have to get up early the next morning. Even minor characters like Kavinsky and the Gray Man offer more in their limited appearances than many main characters in other books. In fact I wouldn’t mind reading a book featuring the Gray Man (Are you listening Maggie Stiefvater?).
I’m convinced Maggie Stiefvater is a Greywaren herself and dreamt up a book that would completely undo its readers, and thus brought this one out to beguile us all.
Read The Raven Boys and then The Dream Thieves. Fall in love with these characters and enjoy the wretched jubilation that follows.