The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves

Title: The Dream Thieves

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle,#2

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: September 17th 2013


Five Stars

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

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.

Of The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Maggie Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamouring for book two.” Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure.

– Blurb courtesy of

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.”

Despite everything they faced in Cabeswater, when Adam offered himself as a sacrifice to wake the ley lines, not much has changed for Blue and the Raven Boys; Gansey is still determined to find Glendower, Ronan is still following him where he leads, and Adam is still determined to be his own man. However when they finally decide to go back to Cabeswater to resume the search there they find the magical woods has vanished.

For Gansey it’s like taking one step forwards and two back again. Cabeswater was his proof that he was getting close to Glendower but now it’s gone. However for Adam and Ronan it becomes much more than that; Adam feels a connection to place beyond what any of the others do, and Ronan soon realises that if he wants to fix his mother he needs to take her to Cabeswater.

Like his father Ronan is able to take things from dreams, anything and everything he can possibly dream, however it is a dangerous power. It’s what got his father murdered, and there are people arriving in Henrietta searching for it, unaware that Ronan is what they seek. Ronan knows very little about how his powers work, and he can’t control what he brings back each night. But then another boy from Aglionby Academy starts flaunting his own dream things in front of Ronan and he realises he isn’t the only one with this strange ability. Ronan doesn’t trust, or even like, Kavinsky but he needs to know more about what he can do and Kavinsky is the only person he can get answers from.

What a grin he had, what ferocious eyes, what a creature he was. He had dreamt himself an entire life and death.
Ronan said, “I want to go back.”
“Then take it,” said his father. “You know how now.”
And Ronan did. Because Niall Lynch was a forest fire, a rising sea, a car crash, a closing curtain, a blistering symphony, a catalyst with planets inside him.
And he had given all of that to his middle son.

Meanwhile Adam is struggling under the weight of his sacrifice. It changed him in ways he cannot understand and that he can’t ask for help with. He is still very much the same Adam he was before but now he feels a connection to Cabeswater he cannot explain and that makes him feel, at times, like he’s losing his mind and any power he has over his own life.

It is getting dangerous in Henrietta; as well as the ley lines waking up and causing havoc all over the town, and Ronan and Kavinsky exploring their dreams and pulling more and more from them there are dangerous people arriving in town. Each of them are searching for the dream thieves putting Ronan, and the rest of the Raven Boys, in very real danger.

…The Characters

“He was brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer.”

Ronan is an enigma of a character. After his father died he became darker and more dangerous, yet he is still a devote catholic and whole-heartedly believes in that faith. Ronan has always had the ability to pull things from his dreams, an ability he inherited from his father, but he has no real control over it and sometimes his nightmares come back with him. Ronan’s dream-place is Cabeswater, and as he explores it in his sleep he discovers more about the magical woods and why it has disappeared in the real world.

“What do you want, Adam?
To feel awake when my eyes are open.”

Adam is much the same as he was in the first book; determined to be independent, not wanting charity or pity from his friends, strong and stubborn. However the sacrifice he made to Cabeswater has changed him. He is seeing things out of the corner of his eye and hearing whispers he can’t understand; he is feeling the after-effects of the ritual but he can’t understand them. It’s like he’s fractured, he’s become two different people, one the Adam we remember from the first book and the other the Adam connected to Cabeswater.

His relationship with Blue starts to crack in this book. She refuses to let him kiss her and won’t tell him the truth behind why not. He gets angry with her inability to open up to him, instead of backing down Blue gives as good as she gets, refusing to let Adam intimidate her. However she has to face the fact that what she is beginning to feel for Gansey is nothing like what she feels for Adam.

“I wish you could be kissed, Jane,” he said. “Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.” He flailed an arm toward the stars.

Despite not getting along when she first met him Blue has developed a crush on Gansey; spending so much time with him, searching for Glendower, means she has seen behind the polite mask Gansey wears to the boy underneath. Gansey being Gansey still manages to put his foot in his mouth when talking to Blue. When Gansey argues with Adam while at his parents Blue is the one he calls, and when Blue needs to escape her home she asks Gansey to take her away. Gansey was the first person Blue told the truth to about why she won’t kiss anyone, and while he understands the two of them can’t deny what they want.

…The Setting

“And they dreamt. They dreamt and dreamt, and the stars wheeled overhead and away and the moon hid in the trees and the sun moved around the car.”

Gansey is still searching along the ley lines, and now that they have been woken by Adam the magic is causing disruptions all over town, causing random power surges and failures. I really like the idea of magic making a mark on Henrietta, and I really hope it’s something that is explored in later books in the series. However with Cabeswater now gone the search for Glendower seems to be put to the back of Blue’s and each of the Raven Boy’s minds as they instead search for the magical woods. However Glendower is never far from any of their minds and the forest is not completely gone; speaking with Adam and appearing in Ronan’s dreams instead.

While I loved the first book the story seems to move forwards a lot quicker in The Dream Thieves and there was a lot more magic, especially surrounding Ronan and the mysterious Cabeswater. It felt like more happened in The Dream Thieves, like Blue and the Raven Boys are getting close to something big and I am very excited to start the third book now.

What did you think of The Dream Thieves? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

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