Series: The Raven Cycle
Also in this series: The Raven Boys, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, The Raven King
Released by Scholastic on 17 September 2013
Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.
One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.
And sometimes he's not the only one who wants those things.
Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan's secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.
Beware: This review might contain spoilers for the previous book, proceed with caution!
In March, I read The Raven Boys the first book in The Raven Cycle, after a friend of mine lend me her books. I really enjoyed this first book, and so I picked up the next one the month after. The Dream Thieves picks up after the first book ended – after Adam made a sacrifice to activate the ley line, after Ronan confessed he pulled Chainsaw from his dreams. In this second book, we focus more on Ronan and his abilities, and I personally really liked that.
As with the previous book, this book was told from multiple perspectives, and while I got used to reading about Blue, Ronan, Gansey and Adam, I was also rather annoyed that we had another perspective in this book. We had Whelk in the first book, and here we got The Gray Man. I immediately disliked him, and to be honest it didn’t improve that much over the course of this book View Spoiler »even if he ended up coming to the good side eventually, I still just didn’t like him at all « Hide Spoiler
The search for Glendower was put on hold in this book, which I didn’t really mind at all, because I still didn’t care that much about the Welsh king to be honest (apart from him being Welsh). I just loved that this book focused on the Greywaren more, even though that was also rather predictable. I knew what it was before it was found out in the book, so those reveals weren’t really that exciting for me.
What made me so super sad was the lack of Noah in this book. He was honestly one of my favourite characters in the previous book, and because of all that shit happening with the ley line he was gone more often than not, and that just made me incredibly sad. There was one scene in particular that was soooooo cute even though it was also rather creepy I guess View Spoiler »the part where Blue and Noah were sort of kissing, I mean it was just really cute and I’d like ten Noah’s please. « Hide Spoiler
Like with the previous book, there were some parts that my brain just skipped over, not because they were that boring, but for no reason at all I guess, there was so much going on in this book that I just forgot the parts that weren’t really part of the Ronan-pulling-stuff-from-his-dreams storyline. I mean I still don’t really know what went on with Adam throughout this book, so I guess I’ll just have to read a recap for that. The fact that I was in a massive reading slump probably didn’t help either. (Which is part of why this review is so weird I guess, apologies).
Oh well, I still really enjoyed The Dream Thieves and I really will pick up the next book in the series asap (because that cliffhanger, dayummmmmmmmmmm). Again, I recommend this series to fans of paranormal books and especially fans of ancient Welsh kings, ha ha ha!
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