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Thursday, September 05, 2013

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Last year I was enchanted by Stiefvater's The Raven Boys, and I was delighted to move on to The Dream Thieves and continue the mysterious adventures of Blue Sergeant, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah.  Mystery, psychics, ley lines, living dreams, ghosts, and the fabled Owen Glendower all create a successful mix in Stiefvater's  Raven Cycle.

Usually, I have no difficulty moving into a sequel, even if it has been several years since I read the first in the series.  I admit, however, that The Dream Thieves didn't gel as quickly as I thought it might.  (I should have stopped at that point and re-read The Raven Boys before continuing, but I have little self-discipline and could not resist persevering AND THEN going back to re-read the first book.)

  The Raven Boys becomes darker toward the end, and that sense darkness continues in The Dream Thieves.  The search for Glendower is still on, but in the meantime, Cabeswater has disappeared, and other difficulties continue to manifest.

Ronan's role is larger in this book, and the background of the Lynch family is more important than the first book revealed.  Ronan has a power that frightens him (and you know with Ronan that takes some doing).  Ronan conveys such a strong sense of self: the implied threat that his very presence gives and the grief he carries from the terrible events his family has suffered have great impact.  (Hard to be clear and avoid spoilers.)

Who else is looking for Glendower and/or the Greywaren?  More than one villain surfaces with selfish and evil intent.  Stiefvater manipulates our emotions concerning the Grey Man and the way he is received by the psychics in an intriguing way.  His character is a fine addition to the cast.

This, for me, is YA fiction at its best.  Good writing, a plot that is interesting on more than one level, characters who live and breathe (flawed and fabulous and human), moral dilemmas and ambiguous situations--not a sop to young readers, but a book that respects the intelligence of readers young or old.

Although I liked The Raven Boys better, I thoroughly enjoyed The Dream Thieves and hate having to wait for the next book!

Don't read The Dream Thieves as a stand-alone.  Be sure to read The Raven Boys first!

The following awards are for The Raven Boys:
    Awards & Accolades
    New York Times Bestseller
    USA Today Bestseller
    ABA Bestseller
    Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012
    TIME Magazine Season’s Most Anticipated Reads
    Amazon Books Editors’ Selection: Fall Favorites
    2013 YALSA Top 10 Best Fiction for YA
    Autumn 2012 Kids’ Indie Next List Pick
    Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

NetGalley/Scholastic Press.

YA/Paranormal.  Sept. 17, 2013.  Print version:  416 pages.


  1. I keep forgetting I want to read this author! I have her mixed up with the author who wrote Hush, Hush, a book I am hellbent on NOT reading. After so many bloggers have loved Maggie Stiefvater's books, you'd think I'd be able to remember!

  2. I've read The Scorpio Races, Shiver, The Raven Boys, and Dream Thieves. All of them are great YA novels, but my favorite is The Raven Boys.

    My other favorite YA author is Megan Whalen Turner.

  3. I have been meaning to get to The Raven Boys. It is good to know that the second in series is better than the first. I know that I have that to look forward to if The Raven Boys doesn't grab me all the way.
    -Dilettantish Reader