Why did I want to read this book?
Book 1 in the Raven Cycle fascinated me with its world of amazing characters, with the quest to find the Welsh king, Glendower, with Blue and her psychic family and by the end of it all, I wanted more. So easiest and natural solution? On to book 2, The Dream Thieves.
What worked for me?
Author Maggie Stiefvater has introduced us readers to her world and her unique characters in book 1. And while I feel like I kind of know each of them, I still love getting to know them much better in this second book. There are still facets of their personalities and their lives that have yet to unravel before our eyes and I just love that we get to see layers upon layers with each of these characters.
Book 1 ended with the lay line being restored and many sacrifices have been made to this end. And book 2 showed how these have affected a lot of the relationship dynamics of Blue and the Raven Boys. I also appreciate that we get to hear Ronan’s thoughts in this book since we basically have many scenes from his POV. It was an experience being inside his head, so to speak. He was such a compelling character in book 1 and I love that we get to know him in depth in this book. And boy, his secrets… well, I’ll leave you to discover them as you read this book.
I admit that I struggled a little with Maggie’s writing, especially in the beginning of book 1, not because it was bad, far from it, it’s amazing actually but I had to familiarize myself to her writing style because for me, it’s so unique. And now on book 2, since I’ve acclimatized a bit to her writing already, my reading experience became much more enjoyable and gosh, every page was so worth your reading time.
What did not work for me?
I didn’t find anything that did not appeal to me in this book. Read this. Now. Or until you finish Book 1. 🙂
My over-all take on it?
This was a great sequel and a great addition to the Raven Cycle series. It had its quiet moments and its fast-paced, my-heart-is-going-to-fall-from-my-chest moments, its really emotionally powerful moments, and I loved every bit of it. You do not want to miss on a great story.
I am Maggie Stiefvater. I write books. Some are about dead Welsh kings. Some are about werewolf nookie. Some are about neither.
I have been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. I play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), I still make art, and I recently acquired and unacquired a race car.
I live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my husband, my two children, some cows, three dogs who fart recreationally, a criminally insane cat, an interminable number of miniature silky fainting goats, and one 1973 Camaro named Loki.
I like things that go.
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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Have you read the Raven Cycle books? Or Maggie’s other books? What do you think about her (clearly) amazing writing?