★ ★ ★ ★ ★
An epic read that has me teetering over my wildcard allowance for the year (my goal being 60, and the challenge covering only 52, leaving 8 to play with). Still, being 6 ahead of schedule, I allowed myself the luxury before I literally went mad with longing to the next in the series. I set out with good intentions of just resolving the cliffhanger from The Raven Boys a little, but I soon got carried away with the plot and was a good fifth of the way in in a single sitting.
From The Dream Thieves more than The Raven Boys, you can ascertain a clear understanding of Stiefvater’s talent in characterisation. This was, of course, aided by the fact that the book focused predominantly on just two – Adam and Ronan – with the rest of the characters there to support Adam/Ronan plotlines. This was not detrimental to the plot or the other characters, however, and instead acted to support a deeper exploration of the two. An exploration which was kept alive by some thrilling plotlines and a never-ending cycle of new questions.
If I had to criticise a single element of the book, it would be that the theme of Glendower seemed to phase out a little in this instalment. From such a Glendower-focus in The Raven Boys, there was too little in The Dream Thieves. Granted, it was important that progress was made with characters and Cabeswater, but the Welsh King seemed to lose importance. The work Stiefvater presents in The Dream Thieves, however, is just as well-written, engaging and thrilling as the first in the series, and I look forward to enjoying the rest of the series.
Recommended for fans of:
- The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
- Waking Dream by Rhiannon Lassiter
- Double or Die by Charlie Higso