I am suffering from a book hangover after finishing this book and the worst about it is that I have no where to go. I don’t have the other two books so I’m thinking of just buying them in eBook format so I can continue this series as soon as possible.
The Dream Thieves follows the Aglionby boys and Blue as they continue to search for Glendower. After the climatic ending to the first book, their lives have been changed, and Ronan has to harness his ability and gain control before it becomes too much for him. Blue struggles with her feelings between Adam and Gansey whilst a new character in town puts the group in danger as well as Blue’s family back home.
I really enjoyed how this book focused more on Ronan and his ability with dreaming. In the first book he was the troublemaker, silent, angry and mysterious but this book gave a real insight into his life and past. Not only Ronan but this book looks at Adam as well, especially given his role in the ending of the first book. His life has been altered and he’s starting to see strange apparitions and feel odd vibrations, he needs to work out why and learn how to read the signs. With regards to Adam and Ronan there are some big character reveals in this book, Adams attitude and violence and of course Ronan’s sexuality which I’ll be honest about…I actually did not see that coming. Gansey definitely shot to being my favourite character in this book and I can’t cope with not knowing more about him and Blue.
Packed with spirituality, languages and symbolism, this book really ties adventure in the real world and other dimensions with a denser focus in this book since the ley lines were opened in the first. One element of this book which was enjoyable was the heavy involvement of Blue’s family and in particular Persephone who just seems so sweet, humble and incredibly powerful. I really liked her character in the first book so it was a bonus to read more about her and her powers.
The writing in this book was a strong, fluid and complimentary to the plot as The Raven Boys. There is a great continuance between the two books so it’s very easy to tie them together. Maggie Stiefvater brings out her quality and almost poetic writing style once again in this book, which alone is a lure to any of her books. It’s quick and easy to read and highly addictive as each chapter ends with a draw into the next and a need to know what is going to happen. I found this book more action packed than the first and it is bursting with thrill and suspense. It addresses many more tough issues with drugs, alcohol, drag racing and more compared to the first book which also highlighted domestic abuse.
I can’t decide whether I liked this book more than the The Raven Boys, however I did find this one had a lot more action to it. It deserved a 5 out of 5 stars for the quality of writing and the quality of the plot which were of a very high standard. Check out this series if you haven’t already but make sure to clear your calendar because this is one to binge.