Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

June 22, 2015

Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Boys #2
Published by Scholastic on 5th September 2013
Source: Bought Physical Copy
Pages: 450
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…

Immediately after I finished my re-read of The Raven Boys, I dove into The Dream Thieves knowing I needed to get my fix of new Glendower adventures with Blue and her Raven Boys. I honestly didn’t think that it could get better than The Raven Boys, but I was wrong. The Dream Thieves dives deeper into that story, taking us through twists and turns that left my head spinning.

The Dream Thieves takes us further into Ronan’s world, and shows us how dangerous it is for him to be doing what he’s doing. (Vague, but I’m trying to hold back from giving away massive spoilers here!) He’s a very clever person, and The Dream Thieves really highlights that. It also shows an incredibly human side to Ronan, especially in the scenes with The Barns where Ronan grew up. He soon discovers that everything he thought was real, isn’t, and has to deal with that realisation. He finds he’s more like his father than he knew, and he deals with most of this alone, as it Ronan’s way.

Just because this is Ronan’s book doesn’t mean the others aren’t involved. Adam is struggling with what happened at Cabeswater and can’t work out what’s happening to him until Persephone steps in. (Total curveball there, of all the characters I was expecting!) I’m really intrigued to see how Adam’s character grows further in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I’m expecting big things will be happening to him! And Blue is still Blue. Still being careful. Still helping Gansey trying to find Glendower. There’s a scene between Blue and Noah that literally broke my heart because of the unfairness of it all. Seriously, I was nearly in tears because I just want them both to have happy endings but I don’t think they both will AND I’M NOT OKAY WITH THAT THOUGHT.

The Gray Man was an interesting character. I liked him, even though it feels a little wrong to like a hitman. He’s so complex, and there was way more to him than meets the eye. I was pleased he managed to rid himself from his demons – not that I agree with the way he did it! And I liked his relationship with Maura, it was cute. (Probably the cutest relationship in the book because NO ONE ELSE IS ALLOWED HAPPINESS, CLEARLY. *sobs*)

I honestly didn’t believe I would like The Dream Thieves as much as The Raven Boys, but I honestly did. It helped that I re-read The Raven Boys just prior to reading this one, and I’ll be delving into Blue Lily, Lily Blue very, very soon.