Paperback, 472 Pages
By: Maggie Stifevater
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 3/4
Ronan missed him like a lung.”
The Raven Boys ★★★ 1/2
The Dream Thieves ★★★★
Blue Lily, Lily Blue ★★★★ 1/2
The raven King ★★★ 1/2
Call Down the Hawk ★★★ 3/4
First, this review is spoiler-free for this book but if you have not read TRC and planning to then this may contain some spoilers for that series.
🌟 I picked the above quote for a reason. Many readers think that this book is about Ronan and Adam -I thought the same- and I think I should correct that fact. This is called the Dreamer’s Trilogy because it is actually a story of the Lynch brothers and other new characters related to this whole dreaming things! The book even opens up with
“This is going to be a story about the Lynch brothers. There were three of them, and if you didn’t like one, try another.”
🌟 Maggie’s prose is the best thing in this book and in the whole series so far. I know it is not for everyone but I like it. It reminds me of Erin Morgenstern’s writing, both are very unique and use metaphors and similes and stories within stories. Some readers did not like the writing in TRC series and I think they won’t like it here. To be honest, the prose can be weird and not understandable at all times. To break it up simply: I liked it 80% of the time and 20% was what the hell I am reading?!
🌟 The characters are good as ever. I noticed that Maggie kind of depends on telling rather than showing when she introduces a new character and then she build upon that be showing what she told and it works for some reason. Ronan is the main focus of the story and then we have his brothers and 2 other new characters and all the storylines mix together at some point. Gansey and Blue barely are mentioned, Adam have a few pages but other than that, it is a new story!
“That’s me,” Ronan said. “He saves people; I take their lunch money.”
🌟 I think I have a problem with the plot of the story since the first series! I think Maggie does not have an end goal and I don’t know what to expect because it is never clear what the characters are trying to reach. The whole painting story-line was meh and I was not convinced of its importance! The good thing is that the pacing is not slow so that helps in pushing through easily with the lyrical prose. But I wish that there was something I was excited to get to, it was just living with the characters and seeing what happens to them.
🌟 I like the fact that I remember the main things from the main series but I forgot many details, I read over a 200 books since I finished that series but he good thing is that Maggie reminds us of all the important things regarding the world, characters and plot of the first series, so this made me jumping into this without re-reading anything a wise choice and I really appreciate that from the author!
“Dreams are not the safest thing to build a life on.”
🌟 Summary: This is not Adam’s and Ronan’s book but rather it is the Lynch brother’s book. It has lyrical prose and good characters. The pacing was good but the plot could have been better. I hope I don’t lost interest in this when the next book comes out! I recommend for fans of the first series.