My Rating: 4 Greywaren Stars
**Please note that this review contains spoilers**
The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
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…
Three dreamers, two thieves and one Greywaren.
The Dream Thieves is the second book n the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. The book picks up from there the Raven Boys leaves off. It’s all about Ronan Lynch and his secrets.
A secret is a strange thing. There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone know about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know. The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Everyday, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid.
And then there is the third kind of secret, the most hidden kind. A secret no one knows about. Perhaphs it was once known, but was taken to the grave. Or maybe it is a useless mystery, arcane and lonely, unfound because no one ever looked for it.
At the end of the Raven Boys, Ronan declares to everyone that he can take objects out of his dreams and Chainsaw (his raven) is one of them.
I really enjoyed this book, the dynamics between Blue and her Raven Boys were amazing and grew along with the plot. Gansey was still busy searching for his Glendower, Adam had sacrificed himself to the Cabeswater and had opened the ley lines and Ronan could take objects out of his dreams. We were introduced to a couple of new characters during this book as well.
First of all, a hit-man who was a charismatic poet, called “Mr. Gray”, who was employed by a supernatural artifact collector to find the Greywaren. Secondly, an Aglionby student named Joseph Kazinsky, who had secrets of his own.
We learn so much about Ronan, that his story broke my heart. After having a night terror one night, he mistakenly brings back his terror back to reality. Now he has to take care of it, if not, it’ll kill him. Gansey and him fight with the night terror and manage to kill him in a gruesome way. They load it into the vehicle and go pick up Adam and Blue from their homes, and head to the Barns.
His home was populated by things and creatures from Naill Lynch’s dreams, and his mother was just another one of them.
Once the realization hits, he wants to do anything and everything to wake his mother up from the dreamland.
Meanwhile, Gansey and Adam go to Gansey’s family house for his mother’s campaign party. Since Adam has sacrificed himself to the Cabeswater and offered to become it’s eyes and hands, he’s been acting and feeling different. Angrier and always on edge. These emotions lead to a fight between them and causes immense stress on Adam. When they get back all he wants to do is to go and see Blue. During this visit, they get into an argument and decide to stay only as friends. Just as he’s leaving, Persophone, one of the psychics living in the 300 Fox Way, tells him that they need to talk and pulls him to their reading room, where she teaches and explains to him that he’s never promised the Cabeswater his mind, so he can separate them. She teaches him to decipher what the Cabeswater needs him to do and they go on a journey to fix the ley lines.
“While I am gone” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night”
While, Gansey and Adam are away, Ronan decides to take the “Pig” for a ride, and due to an unleashed night terror, he racks the car. This is where one of our new characters reveals himself as a dreamer as well. Joseph comes the Ronan’s rescue and shots the terror dead. He then proceeds to teach Ronan how to dream the “pig” and bring it back for Gansey. While they are practicing to bring the “pig” back, Mr. Gray catches them and now knows he’s not looking for a thing but a person.
I know what you are, Kavinsky had said. “That’s not enough,” Ronan replied.
“Don’t say Dick Gansey, man. Do not say it. He is never going to be with you. And don’t tell me you don’t swing that way, man. I’m in your head.”
“That’s not what Gansey is to me,” Ronan said.
“You didn’t say you don’t swing that way.”
Ronan was silent. Thunder growled under his feet. “No, I didn’t.”
Now, before I give the entire book away, I am going to leave you with these last words of Maggie Stiefvater:
Ronan Lynch lived with every sort of secret. His first secret was himself. He was brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer. Ronan’s second secret was Adam Parrish. Adam was different since making the bargain with the Cabeswater. Stronger, stranger and farther away. The third secret was the cavern itself.
Calla wordlessly handed her a note. They all read it over Blue’s shoulder. In a hasty, water-stained scrawl, it said, Glendower is underground. So am I.
Loved the mystery and magic in this book, I would recommend it everyone who’s looking for a bit of mystery in their lives.