19 April 2014
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
My relationship with the second book in a series is typically quite strained. I fall so hard for the first, the newness of it all, and then the second is either a repeat of the first or simply a bridge to the third. Not so with this series. I actually enjoyed The Dream Thieves even more than The Raven Boys (which is saying something). The Raven Boys set the stage, introduced the characters, established their relationships and personalities, and played around the edges of a mystical, magical world. The Dream Thieves slams us into that world.
I am not sure if it was Stiefvater's intent but I feel a "form mirroring content" moment here. The focus in The Raven Boys is on Gansey, the academic, thoughtful one, and Blue, the mystical but also thoughtful one, and the story follows suit. In The Dream Thieves, Ronan with his tendency toward action and Adam with his desire for action are fore-fronted and those tendencies are certainly mirrored in this story.
Just like with the first, I find it very difficult to truly summarize the plot. I wish I could say that it is because I want you to experience it for yourself - I do, but that's not the only reason I'm having trouble with it. I think the story is so neatly woven that to reveal one thread requires an explanation of another thread and another and another and so on. By the time I summarized, you would know much too much.
Once again, I urge you to pick up these books; although I must say that the wait for the third book may drive me to drink.