Thursday, October 31, 2013
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
* * * * 1/2
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...
Gansey is trying to not question Adam about waking the ley line and how it has affected him. Gansey is also trying to not be disappointed by the fact that not only was it not him that woke the ley line but Cabeswater seems to have disappeared.
Adam is confused by his new attachment to Cabeswater. He’s also confused by his relationship with Blue. Is she his girlfriend? Is she not? How is he supposed to know for sure when she flat out refuses to kiss him but still holds his hand. And it doesn’t help that he only knows how to express his confusion through anger. A not so lovely trait he picked up from his crappy dad.
Noah is still smudgy.
Blue is trying to figure out what her feelings for Adam. Does she really love him? If not, maybe she COULD kiss him. Then there’s Gansey, who both still alternately annoys and impresses her.
And then there is Ronan. And his dreams. Ronan brought Chainsaw back from his dreams. What other things can he bring. What other secrets about himself has he yet to learn?
Just as in The Raven Boys, Stiefvater gives a little attention to Blue and each of her friends as they continue on their search for Cabeswater and the old king, Glendower. But this story is mainly Ronan's and secondly, Adam’s. We learn the secrets of Ronan’s dreams. Why he has them, where they transport him to and who powers them. And we see Adam struggle as he comes to term with the sacrifice he made when waking the ley line.
The Dream Thieves was just as good if not better than The Raven Boys. This is another story full of intrigue, magic and adventure and I wait anxiously for the next installment in the story.