The Dream Thieves

17347389The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. 14 and up. Scholastic Press. 439 pages. Copy provided by my library.

Be forewarned, this is the second book in a series, so you’re going to want to read The Raven Boys first. So go do that right now, and come back right away. Because, guys, the second book is even better.

In the first book, Blue, who was raised in a family of psychics, meets four best friends Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah, who are students at the private school nearby. She joins them on their quest to find an ancient Welsh king and there is magic and mystery and the characters are so vivid they jump off the page and the relationships between all of them are very complex and interesting and it is just one heck of a great book.

And like I said, book two is even better! The best way I can describe The Dream Thieves, what I found myself thinking again and again as I was reading it, is that this book is intense. And not only intense, but fast paced and filled with emotion and tension on every page. Reading this book is like an experience in not being able to catch your breath for page after page after page.

You discover as you read that there is a lot more magic in this world than you realized. And it’s also really scary and can affect you in disturbing ways. This book is mostly about Ronan who is a dark and angry character with a really, really interesting story line. He can take stuff out of his dreams. And he learns how to control it and starts doing it more and more but there are dangerous people out there who are after him and also other people who have this gift and abuse it. But the plot is so much more complex than that and there are so many surprises and twists and turns and I don’t think I have ever read  a breathtaking page turner quite like it.

The five characters Stiefvater has created are so, so real. They are so strongly written and all have unique thoughts and desires and motives behind their actions. I can’t think of many other books with such a large main cast that are so strongly and distinctly written. It is really, really well done here. And I love each of those characters with my whole heart, even though quite a few of them are the kind of guys I would probably despise if I knew them in real life. But Blue even kind of acknowledges this but once she got to know them and was sucked into their world and their quest and their magic, she fell in love with all four of them too. I love this series and I am just dying to see where it is headed next.


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