Disappointing after such a strong series opener. 3/5 stars
The blurb: Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.
One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams. And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.
Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.
I enjoyed book 1 of this series, The Raven Boys, very much and I was looking forward to getting equally swept up in the sequel. But, sadly, I was pretty bored until two thirds of the way through.
I think the main reason for my lack of involvement is that while The Raven Boys was the story of multiple characters, The Dream Thieves is mostly about Ronan. The other characters are reduced to minor supporting roles and this upset me because Ronan is my least favourite character (*sound of me hiding behind keyboard while Ronan fans throw things at me*).
The final third was better and returned to the absorbing tale-telling I was expecting after book 1. The writing throughout is still good and, when at its best, manages to convey the surreal aura surrounding all things magical. Oh, and Blue’s family of kooky clairvoyants continues to be a highlight.
Overall: I’m hoping this was the “difficult second book” in the series and the third will be better.
Have you already read Blue Lily, Lily Blue? Is it better than The Dream Thieves? Would you like to defend Ronan? Let me know!
Claire Huston / Art and Soul