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....
©2013 Maggie Stiefvater (P)2013 Scholastic Inc.
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
The first novel introduced townie-witchy girl, Blue and her eccentric family and the Ravenwood privileged boys working together to locate an ancient king on the lay line. The book seemed to serve the main purpose of setting up for book 2 and 3 for yet another trilogy. While Steifvater's writing is stellar, I found the first book predictable and was apprehensive about spending a credit on book 2. Glad I did.
Steifvater opens up each character, delving into their motivations, desires, and actions; expounding beautifully, breathing life into Blue and the boys. While I enjoyed the writing and characters, wasn't engrossed in the dream manipulation and/or search for Hightower; all background accompaniment to me.
If you enjoy YA fiction, check out Maggie Steifvater's other selections. She's a talented young writer with a bright future who appreciates and responds to her fans.
To Audible Staff:
Will Patton is not a good fit for YA narration. If any Audible editor reads this review (wishful thinking) then for the love of all that is good and holy in the world work with him on book 3! It may be inconceivable to usurp Patton with a new narrator at this point, so coach him on the female voices. Aunt Persephone sounds like a stoned Minnie Mouse and Kazinsky sounded like a New Yorker Yogi the Bear. Help me, help you.
The Dream Thieves is the second book of The Raven Cycle series (following The Raven Boys).
In the last lines of book one Ronan says, "I guess now would be a good time to tell you. I took Chainsaw out of my dreams." It was a great teaser, and book two completely fulfills the WTF that statement left us with. You might think you don't want to read about Ronan, but he ends up being a surprisingly great character, alternately fire/danger and the boy who was crippled by the idea of this strange power and the events of his youth. I love that he's conflicted in all senses - and I love that his dreams and nightmares reveal more than he'd ever let on. There's a particular scene that gets so intense, you can almost feel him on that edge. And even though I thoroughly enjoyed it, if I'm honest, I'm in this for the story of Blue and Gansey. Fortunately, though the main plot focus is Ronan and the dreams, the story does include all of the other characters. Stiefvater's writing is beautiful and haunting and so incredibly interesting that sometimes I want to stop to write some of it down. The characters move forward seamlessly and develop subtly and then, quite suddenly, you realize that Blue and Gansey are in love (I don't really think that's a spoiler, right?) or that Adam is heading toward something great and terrible, or some such spoiler-type thing. This book didn't really "end" for me, but I'm so ready for the next in the series I don't think I mind.
Will Patton narrates.
“The Dream Thieves” deepens the mystery and magic surrounding Cabes Water and the dead king Glendower, while expanding on the characters introduced in “The Raven Boys” – allowing Rowan, more of a group member in “The Raven Boys”, to take center stage. A new villain comes to town, a complex and three dimensional man, who (unusually for a villain), is marked with a conscience, clarity of vision and a sense of humor and he moves the story right along as he wrestles with his own demons and issues. The characters live and grow in an environment rooted in mythology, superstition, friendships with ghosts, living tarot, crazy and often difficult family dynamics, sinister overtones and budding romances. Even the little bird Chainsaw resonates with the reader.
I read this book on Kindle and also listened to it on Audible. Will Patton's Audible performance was, as with his reading of "The Raven Boys" masterful and pitch perfect. I find myself seeking out his narrations now as often as I do the books themselves.
I am really looking forward to reading and listening to Book Three of this series.
I adore Maggie Steifvater’s books. Her stories are unique and her writing is witty yet poetic. The Raven Boys is no exception. I loved it and I think this is one Steifvater’s best books. It’s slow at the beginning but I wouldn’t necessarily change that. It lays some important ground work for the intense ending and the books to come. What I liked most about The Raven Boys was the originality of the story. I’ve never read/listened to anything like this before and that is one of the main reasons I highly recommend it.
I truly do not know how to summarize this story. Any attempt to describe this story does not do it justice. I will do my best with one sentence. There are some psychics, some ghosts, a murderer, a creepy mystical place, and teenagers on a supernatural quest. That’s all I can say. It's different, and for me different is always refreshing.
The characters in The Raven Boys are deep and complex. These are not your teenage angsty, love triangle entangled, young adult fiction characters. These guys are different. Blue Sargent is the daughter of a psychic and lives with 3 other psychic women. Blue is not psychic but she has the way of amplifying energy. Gansey is a wealthy teenage boy on a mission to find something supernatural. Joining him on his quest are his 3 friends, Ronan, Adam, and Noah. Ronan is a wealthy boy gone bad. He’s reckless, edgy, and unpredictable. Adam is the poor, nice boy who’s under a lot of pressure. He’s on a scholarship at Anglionby Academy and under extreme pressure from his parents.
Each character feels real and as the reader, you feel for them. Like I said earlier, I’ve never encountered characters like these. I can’t say I loved them or related to them but I was definitely intrigued by them and I want to learn more about them.
As I said earlier, the story takes a little while to really get going. However, it lays important groundwork for the plot and develops all of the characters. Hang in there, things get really interesting about half way through and you want to stop after that. What pulled me in was the mysterious quest the group embarks on. I had never heard of lay lines or a sleeping ancient king named Glwendower and I was eager to find out more. I also felt Steifvater wrote wonderful side stories involving each of the characters. They added layers to the main plot and overall, made the story so much more substantial.
I loved it. I wish I could say more about The Raven Boys but I fear I would give away too much. The writing is beautiful. he characters are strong and well developed. The story is unlike anything else out there. The only downside to the story is it’s left very open. Something is resolved in this book but many things are not. Obviously they we will learn more in the next book but I really wanted to know more in this book. You can probably guess I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
Quite the plot twister.
Quite the narrative cycle.
Quite the dark art.
Quite . . .
"I am afraid . . ."
On a he one hand Ii appreciate the story, the craftsmanship, and the narrators skill.
On the other hand there is a darkness, a force other than God at play in this tale that concerns me. The draw is human; to want powers beyond others and to see behind the curtain and to have gifts others do not.
I am concerned that draw pulls many into darkness, and I am afraid . . . 😱
Probably my favorite of the 3 out in thus series ... probably because I adore Ronin
Yes, the narrator really brings life to the characters and the story.
Each of the boys has an endearing character trait and elicits a emotional response form the reader or listener. Blue is an interesting character too. All of the main characters are relatable, and easy to care for.
Emotion and life.
Pretty much, yes.
Awesome book! Narrator Will Patton did an awesome job. Loved the eeriness and intensity of the book. Can't wait to read #3!
I've read Maggie Stiefvater's other series, the Shiver trilogy, and it was passable. The Raven Cycle, in comparison, is brilliant. The characters are all complex and relatable, unpredictable and imperfect, but likable. I love Blue, who is one of the few young adult female protagonists who is not defined by her love life or her insecurities. The story is so much bigger than her romantic prospects, and it is frankly a relief to read a book where they are not constantly distracted by how gorgeous they all happen to be. There is an adventure to be had and there are friendships to maintain, and those two things are what drive the story. I love these people and the world they inhabit.
I don't know how much Will Patton's narration contributes to my love affair with The Raven Cycle, but he is amazing. He 'gets' this book and these characters, and I feel like he loves them as much as I do. I have started to look for other books narrated by him.
If you want insipid teen romance where the insecure heroine is either wondering if someone who is mean to her will kiss her or is jealous because she thinks he might want to kiss someone else, this is not the series for you. If you want an adventure with unpredictable outcomes, characters who actually grow, and beautiful writing about fantastic things, this series will hit the spot. I want more. More!!
"YA supernatural adventure with a twist."
The southern accent of Will Patton made you feel the southern heat.
The idea of stealing dream items is unique. The search for a lost king and the social back grounds of 4 very different characters. We know that Blue will kill her true love, we know who it is, yet we are not forced to drown in mushy romantic overkill. There are small touches and thoughts, but the focus stays with the mystery hunt and the developing backgrounds and futures of the characters.
Towards the end it became very exciting and it was hard to stop.
Worth reading but the 2nd book. The first is called Raven boys
"Will Patton did it again"
Interesting, exciting and romantic.
His performance on The Raven Boys was just as good as this and I love listening to him, his voice is so soothing.
Blue and Gansey in the car, that's all I'm saying, when you listen or read it, you'll get what I'm talking about. Or when Adam presses his fist into the wall.
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