A Secret is a strange thing.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
There is a very good reason why Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite author, there are few writers in the world who can tell a story with as much emotion as Maggie Stiefvater! It’s a rare and momentous occasion when a sequel as anticipated and sought-after as The Dream Thieves lives up to its predecessor and surpasses expectations in every possible way. It’s rarer still for that sequel to make you fall in love with the original story all over again, to make you open your eyes to the once-hidden character quirks and clues, and to make you want to re-read all 400 or so pages again (for the fifth time!) with a new sense of urgency and insight. The Dream Thieves is, in all my personal definitions of the word, a perfect book. Maggie Stiefvater said that it had all her favorite things in it, and it quite clearly has all my favorite things in it too as I finished this book in a little over a day!
The Dream Thieves takes up with Blue and the gang shortly after the events of The Raven Boys, and we follow the cast as they struggle to uncover the secrets of lost kings and the hidden depths of their own dreams.
Haunting and clever and vividly painted, The Dream Thieves focuses on Ronan and his power to takes things out of his dreams. Each chapter unravels a small part of the mystery and allows us to see the magical wonders that surround our characters, and Ronan’s story is slowly revealed. That’s not to say the other characters don’t feature heavily, because they do. In particular, I liked being in Adam’s head, Gansey is amazingly flawed, and Blue is still my hero in so many ways. Of all their stories though, it’s Ronan’s that struck a chord within me, and I like that he got some resolution in the end.
Blue is always honest with herself, and it’s very interesting how her quirks and upbringing translate into the romantic arena. She’s determined not to love Gansey, determined not to kiss Adam for fear of hurting him, and above all, wants to keep her friendships intact. The secondary romances amuse me greatly, including that of Blue’s mother, and I have theories about Persephone’s future as well (hopefully they pan out in the next book).
Like The Raven Boys, this novel is superbly plotted and filled with unexpected twists that will keep readers guessing. There is so much going on, and many seemingly unrelated story-elements, but as a reader I was extremely satisfied at how they culminated into a magical conclusion of epic proportions. The things in the background, like Ronan’s relationship with Matthew and Blue’s increasing dissatisfaction within her family make the book all the more interesting and realistic – it’s witching hour, but some of the problems our characters face are refreshingly human.
Stiefvater’s books are always a pleasure to read, and often find myself wanting to savour and devour them in equal measure. She’s proven herself as a master storyteller, and I think everyone should try her books. The Dream Thieves is a quality sequel to The Raven Boys, and I am (very) eagerly awaiting news of the next installment of the adventures of Blue and her raven boys!
Check out my review for the first book in the series The Raven Boys: https://simpletasteforreading.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/the-raven-boys-raven-cycle-1-by-maggie-stiefvater/