The Dream Thieves

by Maggie Stiefvater Book 2 of the Raven Cycle

Readers familiar with the complex world created in The Raven Boys (Scholastic... read more

Readers familiar with the complex world created in The Raven Boys (Scholastic Press, 2012), will appreciate this second volume in the series that continues to expand the ambitious tale. The first book focused on Gansey's ongoing quest for the ley line that will lead to the tomb of a Welsh King, Blue's fear of falling in love, and her developing relationships with Gansey and his followers. This book belongs primarily to Ronan-the abrasive teen whose violent and self-destructive behavior shields a painful family history. Ronan's entry into a disturbing dream world and the impact of his actions there on the real world create moments of almost unbearable tension, while his uneasy path between religion and myth gives insight to his constant state of conflict. Adam, Noah, Gansey, and Blue's stories lend supporting notes to Ronan's travails while continuing to develop, and the appearance of Mr. Gray, a coldblooded assassin and love interest for Blue's mother, offers plot twists while unexpectedly provoking sympathy in another rich and compelling read. (Age 13 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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