Call Down the Hawk

The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Will Patton
Series: The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (497 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Raven Boys, a mesmerizing story of dreams and desires, death and destiny. 

The dreamers walk among us...and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming - they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives - they will sleep forever if their dreamers die. 

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all. 

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality. 

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it. 

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer...and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can dor. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed....

©2019 Maggie Stiefvater (P)2019 Scholastic Inc.

Editor's Pick

Stiefvater’s most expansive world yet
"I speak for Stiefvater fans everywhere when I say that we were never done with the Raven Boys. Here was our trajectory: Finished with The Raven Cycle, what now?! Oh look, there’s a whole world of Raven Boys fanfiction. Whew! Let’s live here now. Well, we Stiefvater addicts can now rejoice with the beginning of a whole new trilogy about our beloved goth-like misfit, Ronan Lynch, plus the full Brothers Lynch trio, Adam Parrish, and even more characters to fall in love with. Listeners who arrive at this novel by other means need not fear if they’ve never listened to any of Maggie Stiefvater’s previous works. Call Down the Hawk derives from The Raven Cycle but it stands on its own as a complete story. Will Patton returns to helm this new trilogy as narrator and his voice is just as melodic and mesmerizing as we’ve known it to be, so I can safely say that all is right with the world."
Melissa B., Audible Editor

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Unlistenable

I listen to audiobooks while I do other stuff, but I could barely understand this narrator; he speaks in a tone just above a whisper and I was completely mystified as to what was going on within minutes of starting to listen. I'm returning it.

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deep dive into the Lynch brothers

This was even more than I expected it to be. It's about Ronan but it's really about the three Lynch brothers. It's about identity, and how your identity is measured against and reflected by the other people in your family or circle. It's about destiny versus choice. Hennessey and her girls are a perfect counterpoint to the Lynch brothers - acting almost as one unit rather than diametrically opposed like the brothers. The book is subtle, especially for a book about Ronan. It's full of feelings and fears, things assumed and then proven incorrect. It packs a few real gutpunches too. I actually shed tears on Declan's behalf - a thing I never thought I could be moved to do.

I don't think you'll get the full emotional payout if you hadn't read The Raven Cycle, but it is a good book. If you read the short story Opal which comes right before this book, then this book, that would deepen its impact for the reader.

Stiefvater's writing is growing in maturity and nuance - this book is a real tour de force!

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Not What I Thought

I adored The Raven Cycle so when I heard that there was going going to be a spin-off about Ronan I was beyond excited. However...my hopes were let down. I don't even know why I didn't enjoy this either. I do feel like if I didn't listen to this narration I wouldn't of finished the book at all so...that's a plus?

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Fantastic

Amazing book. Maggie Stiefvater's writing and Will Patton's performance were inspiring. Highly recommended if you love the wonder of the dreaming world and want someone to put words to it. Thank you.

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Better and better

Maggie Stiefvater continues to hone her craft. I can’t wait for the next installment.
I adore Will Patton - his narration is so unique and distinct as to be one of the characters. If I were to read this book with my eyes, I hope I would hear his voice.

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Call Down the Hawk

The Dreamer Trilogy, Book One: Call Down the Hawk || Ratings: Overall: 4.5/5 stars. Performance: 5/5 stars. Story: 4/5 stars.

I don’t know what exactly I expected from this book, this series except that I knew it was a series about Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle (TRC). Whatever else I expected, I wasn’t prepared for what I got. And I … I loved it. Ronan, Declan, and Matthew Lynch were AMAZING and I felt their characterizations flowered perfectly from TRC into this series. Adam Parrish was another character who just flowed perfectly into this series and I never felt like any of them were “different” characters. I never found them disjointed.

The story was, in my opinion, a little slow. But, it was really interesting, introducing a lot of new characters, magic, and world-building. It was all so fascinating and I couldn’t get enough of it. Mixed with the poeticness of Stiefvater’s writing, it was easy for me to envision the settings and people. There was so much to pay attention to and learn about all of the story’s pieces and I really liked it!

Overall, I really liked this book! It made me want to learn more, read more about this new end of the world that surrounds these characters. And having the same narrator as TRC was a great choice, in my opinion! He gave just as much life to this book as he did with TRC!

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Bad narration

I couldn’t make it all of the way through, the narrator sounds too much like Donald Trump.

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Can't wait for the next one!

Maggie Stiefvater is an absolute genius. Her riveting tale of the Brothers Lynch has only just begun and yet, they are already a part of me. I wish I had found this author later in life, once all of the books were published. Alas, I'm left to ache until the next book comes out.

Call Down The Hawk is the first in this trilogy, but not the first we learn of Ronan Lynch: the snake, the badass, the romantic, the dreamer. The Raven Cycle series introduced us to the whole "gangsey" but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't Ronan (and his new boyfriend Adam) that I became enamored with. Stiefvater's beautiful and mystical descriptions capture the feeling of floating, of being just on the surface of something unfathomable and breathtaking. But this is not just a story of the past, present, and future of the Zed (the dreamers) with overly complex and abstract descriptions. It's also the story of people, of relationships, pain, struggle, addiction, loss, and hope. The character interactions are real and language is used like a weapon in the absence (or with) of anything physical. Maggie Stiefvater breaks molds with her realistic flow and steam of consciousness.

The Raven Cycle series, as well as The Dreamer Trilogy has been categorized as YA, but personally, I'd say it's more ages 12-50. Is recommend it to anyone looking to become obsessed with a new set of literary friends.

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Super Cool

I hated to see The Raven Boys come to a close. so bringing some treasured characters come back for a story of thier own is a joy.

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so good

I can't wait for the next two, I am so excited. I hope we see more of Adam in #2

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  • Katt Winter
  • 04-04-20

Loved it!

By far Stiefvater’s best work to date. It’s dark and crazy. It’s weird and exciting. It’s just a great follow on from the Raven King books and of you loved them, you’ll love this. Will Patton IS Ronan Lynch.
All in all, it’s just fab! Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • FENARETI
  • 11-17-19

Underwhelming

For a character driven series this was extremely plot driven. It lacked so much having most of its main cast absent for the whole book.

The plot was bizarre and I really could not follow it almost at all. It didn't feel like it was as atmospheric as the previous books. I know this is a new series but I cannot avoid comparing it to the Raven Boys.

This is not what I expected. I hope people will truly love this. I struggled to finish it. The romance and thrill of the other books was really missing. I'm sad I did not enjoy it. I truly hope I'm the exception.

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  • Michele
  • 09-03-20

Big fan of Raven King,

Characters are important to me and Roman and Adam are two great characters, you won’t be sorry if you get this. Can’t wait for the next instalment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-26-20

cant understand a word

struggled through the preface then gave up early into the first chapter. cant comprehend a word the narrator is saying.