The Raven Cycle
September 17, 2013
"Expect the unexpected!" By Ashia 2 years ago
THE DREAM THIEVES continue from where The Raven Boys ended. With some YA series, the middle books usually feel a bit contrived, there for the sake of needing to be filler to make up the series, but not THE DREAM THIEVES. It feels like an essential part of the series, building up on the mythology and worldbuilding introduced in the first book
While events move forward and the teens' relationships with each other continue to evolve, THE DREAM THIEVES mainly focuses on Ronan Lynch, his family background and his unique ability. Ronan is the prickly and grouchy and disturbed teen we met in the previous book, his condition helped only because Gansey took him under his wing and tempered him. Here, we understand him and his complex relationship with Gansey and the members of his family (Ronan's elder and younger brothers) a little better and saw how he became the way he was. There was a revelation about him that made the bulb in my head go off, though I may be wrong about that (but most probably not).
And Cabeswater is missing, as in, it's literally gone! They have to try to find where it's gone, but where to start? It was Ronan who finally realizes why Cabeswater is gone, and he needs to get it back. Unbeknownst to him, he needed Adam's help... And Adam is feeling a little lost since his bargain with Cabeswater. Will he lose himself totally?
I've said before in my review of The Raven Boys that it's fresh and unique, and this book is that, too, as well as strange (in a good way) and where time travels in a circle, sometimes events and situations defy logic. Again, the women at 300 Fox Way play a necessary part in the teens' quest, and we are also left with a surprising ending! (No! Don't read ahead. You'll regret it.)
Ms. Stiefvater's villains are also not stereotypical. I have to say that when you read a Stiefvater book, expect the unexpected! I can't wait to read the next book, and fortunately, I don't have to wait. :)