The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater is the second book in The Raven Cycle series (fourth and final book to be published later this month). This review is likely to have spoilers for the first book just by nature of being a review if the second book. You can read my review of the first book here if you would like a spoiler free introduction to the series.
In the first book the ley line is awakened but in The Dream Thieves we see that the power fluctuates wildly, causing, among other things, the ghostly Noah to blink out of being unexpectedly. Cabeswater also disappears, leaving the group scratching their heads over what to do next.
The Dream Thieves is very much Ronan Lynch’s book. Which is just fine with me, because Ronan Lynch is my favorite. He is angry and volatile and sometimes a shitbag but he’s also loyal and secretly generous and smart and fearless and honest (which isn’t to say he doesn’t have secrets). Seriously, Ronan is the best, y’all.
Even though The Dream Thieves is largely Ronan’s time in the sun, the other characters get their chances to shine. Noah and Blue share a hilarious and sweet scene that is one of my favorites in the series. Adam learns more about the bargain he made in the first book. Gansey fights feelings he knows will have big repercussions on the group. The women of Fox way provide endless sass. And a new character, the weirdly but wildly sympathetic hitman, Mr. Grey, provides lots of narrative tension.
I really cannot express how much I adore this series. It hits all the character tics I love best, while having an engaging and inventive plot. It’s filled with humor and warmth and cleverness. Just, seriously, go read this series, asap.