The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle No.2) – Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press, 2013
Ronan Lynch knew magic was real before the trees started talking Latin and his friend Adam made a dangerous pact to rouse the latent magic of a ley line. He knew, because when Ronan dreams he can sometimes bring things back. As he grapples with his gift, and Adam comes to terms with the consequences of his bargain, their friends Gansey and Blue seek different answers from the ley line – but they are not the only ones with plans for its magic.
The lead characters of The Raven Boys were Blue, Adam and Gansey. The sequel focuses more on Ronan, which is good, because Blue’s plot arc took the exact trajectory I had expected and that exasperated me immensely. Ronan’s development was less predictable, and rounded out his character in interesting ways. Not all the subplots worked very well and not much more was revealed of the plot, but to me this book felt richer than The Raven Boys. The series continues with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, slated for release in October of this year.