The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves

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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater are awake, magic is swirling around Blue and The Raven boys and Ronan Lynch's ability to pull objects from his dreams is almost out of control but worst of all, the mysterious Gray Man is stalking the Lynch family, looking for something called the Greywaren.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Scholastic Press,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545424943
0545424941
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Stiefvat Maggie
Characteristics: 439 pages ;,22 cm.

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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater are awake, magic is swirling around Blue and The Raven boys and Ronan Lynch's ability to pull objects from his dreams is almost out of control but worst of all, the mysterious Gray Man is stalking the Lynch family, looking for something called the Greywaren.

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JCLChrisK Jan 27, 2015

A sequel that not only lives up to its predecessor, it might even improve on it. Wonderful complexity of character, relationships, setting, myth, magic, and language, with a story that is thrilling and an atmosphere that's alluring. It's both rich and accessible. I don't know why I waited so long... Read More »

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JCLDennisR Jan 23, 2014

As much as I liked Raven Boys, this one kicks the story into high gear. The characters continue to develop, the pace of the story picks up, and there are plenty of surprises in just the right places.

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LibraryK8 Oct 11, 2013

Another amazing book from Maggie Stiefvater! If you were afraid the sequel might disappoint, then never fear, this is a wonderful follow up to Raven boys that largely focuses around Ronan's ability to bring his dreams to life.

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JCLBethanyT Sep 26, 2013

This series is only getting better, which is saying something because The Raven Boys was a fantastic book. The Dream Thieves picks up about a month where the Raven Boys left off. Adam has become remote and troubled from his bargain with Cabeswater, Noah is reenacting his own death over and over... Read More »


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PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 18, 2020

Possibly the best of the four novels in the Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves is primarily a novel to put pieces in position for the next two books, so Stiefvater allows herself to move the focus off of Gansey's quest for Glendower to explore Rowan and his ability to pull items from dreams. Of course, this ability will become part and parcel of the greater quest, but here it allows for that dreamy, magical atmosphere that Stiefvater creates so well. We travel to the Lynch family home, The Barns, to find that all of the magical things Rowan's father has created have fallen into a deep sleep following his death, and that includes Rowan's mother. Even two boys uncomfortably flirting and staying up all night doing drugs has a dreamy tinge to it that I didn't expect.

On the other hand, Gansey and Adam feel more pulled into the mundane world: paying rent, making grades, taking care of family and friends. At one point Gansey is disappointed to think that the romantic vision of Aglionby Academy that his father painted for him has been replaced by the real world Aglionby of kids toilet papering the neighborhood, and teacher affairs. But with Adam's ties to the magical world of Cabeswater, the mundane world can only pull so hard before it loses its grip.

The Dream Thieves is a novel that could almost stand on its own from the series. A glimpse into a magical life.

Maggie Stiefvater never disappoints. This book was just as good as the first in the series and I cannot wait for more! So well-crafted and completely engrossing.

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fishbottom
Jan 20, 2020

Book 2

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Dec 30, 2019

I love all the fantasy aspects of this series that are mixed with mythology. The characters are some of my favourite that I've ever read

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st_bridgid_irish
Aug 07, 2019

The second book in the Raven Cycle, the Dream Thieves chronicles the continuing journey of Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah to find the tomb of Glendower. Adam has sacrificed himself to Cabeswater to prevent Whelk from gaining control over the ley line, and he is now its eyes and hands. With the ley line flickering, he must discover what his sacrifice will entail. At the close of the Raven Boys, Ronan revealed to his friends that he could do something extraordinary–pull objects from his dreams. Now at hit man known only as the Gray Man has come to Henrietta, looking for the Greywaren, an object that lets the user bring objects back from dreams–little does he suspect it might be Ronan himself. Additionally, Ronan is being aggressively pursued for friendship by Kavinsky, a fellow street racer who seems to know more about Ronan than he ought to. As the year that remains of Gansey’s life continues to be used up, the race to find Glendower continues and the relationships between his seekers morph and change with their discoveries.
I really liked the first book in this series and the second keeps up the positives the first had. The characters are only strengthened, the fantasy aspect grows greater, and the writing is excellent as before. I’m reminded why I said this was a favorite series of mine. Next up, Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle book #3).

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RebelBelle13
May 07, 2019

This book really didn't resonate with me, and I have several theories why. I have discovered that Maggie Stiefvater, though a beautiful writer, pens novels that are mainly character-driven. Her characters are deep, and flawed, and interesting, and real- that being said, the plot suffers under all that weight. I love a well-fleshed out character, but if the plot stagnates because of that, I lose interest quickly. The story takes way too long to pick up here- it feels like this would have been the perfect novella if all the fluff was taken out, including the trip to D.C. and the whole plot thread involving the Gray Man, which felt unnecessary. By the time I was actually engaged in the story, I was 2/3 of the way through the book.
Also, the protagonist of this entry, Ronan, is an angry, bad boy, muscle-car driving, chip on his shoulder, the-world-hates-me type of person. Now, if that does it for you, you're going to love The Dream Thieves. I clearly don't, and that's ok.
The other thing that I'm still having trouble grasping is the strangeness of this world; I can't decide if it's paranormal, or magical realism, or another dimension, or what- and the story communicates its confusion as well, like it can't decide what it wants to be. I feel as though that confusion is preventing me from appreciating this series as much as everyone else does.
Although, I have to give it to Stiefvater- the idea of pulling things out of dreams and making them real is original and intriguing, and the epilogue does leave me wanting to pick up the next in the Raven Cycle.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 13, 2018

The Dream Thieves was a perfect sequel and, in my opinion, even better than the Raven Boys. Despite his surly attitude, Ronan was at the top of my list of favourite characters in the first book and I loved how the readers got to discover more about him and his past. It is so interesting to get to uncover what makes a person tick and the Dream Thieves did exactly that. Getting to read about him discovering more about his powers and the responsibility that comes with them offers many new issues for the books to come. I also loved to introduction of new characters in this book, who added to the mystery and suspense of the story. The ability to weave new, interesting characters into a sequel is a hard skill to master, but Stiefvater did it with the ease of a seasoned professional. This book did not fall into the trap of a boring sequel and for that I am forever grateful. I would recommend this series for anyone looking for a future classic and staple of the fantasy genre. 5/5! (though I would give it more stars if I could!). @nickreads of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

The Dream Thieves is the second book of The Raven Cycle series. This time around, it stars Ronan Lynch- a rich troublemaker who can make the things he dreams into a reality. The Dream Thieves is just as good as The Raven Boys, maybe even more. It showcases a variety of action scenes, emotional moments, and romance that brings the characters and story to life. Since writing this review, I've read this book twice more. I strongly recommend that you read this book.
@Spectacles of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy YA fantasy and have read the first book.

This book picks up where the first one left off. The search for Glendower continues.

I never like to give spoilers about series, so I won't say too much... but I enjoyed this sequel. There were some things that I liked more than the first book, and other things that I liked less. I liked that you figure out more about the mysteries within Cabeswater and related to Glendower. I liked that the characters are more developed. I liked that there is more plot related to Blue and her family/roomies. However, I did not enjoy all of the ridiculous wealthy boy nonsense. Racing cars, blowing up cars, excessive drug usage, etc. etc. I sometimes loved Ronan when he was vulnerable or really brave... and other times he was SO ANNOYING. I don't know.. In the end I'm struggling to decide if I liked it more or less, so I'll rate it the same. This one didn't leave off on a cliff hanger, so I wasn't dying to read the next one, but I went ahead and started it anyway so I won't forget what's going on.

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PDBurt
Aug 08, 2018

While sitting next to the young science fiction section of the library I picked up this book although I rarely read sci fi or young reader's books. Surprising concepts, good writing, interesting names and emotions. While 'not getting' the plot or characters much I still read most of the last half of the book. A different read for me, a senior citizen but worthy in it's own genre. This author is has a unique writing style.

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hannmsha
Mar 21, 2018

Alright, I'm gonna say it: this series is kinda cheesy. That, and the world it takes place in is pretty flimsy.
The plot in this series so far is pretty confusing and isn't clicking with me the way I hoped it would. Coming from The Raven Boys to The Dream Thieves I really thought the world and plot would be fleshed out more and would start to actually make sense to me but it really, really didn't... I can't see past this whole "magic" "system", the world doesn't quite add up, and there's plenty of cheesy tropes. I don't mind the tropes as much as I would expect to, actually. I do think part of that is that I'm rather fond of most of the characters.
Blue, Adam, Gansey, Maura, and Noah are my loves. Oh boy, do I love Noah especially. I really like Gansey and Blue together, and I'm not unhappy with the way things went down with Adam. But I cannot connect with Ronan. Don't get me wrong, I like the guy, but out of all the main characters, I just cannot get into him. And I want to, I really do. I thought maybe this one would help me fall in love with Ronan considering it centers around him, but it really just did him no favors. I hope that Ronan and I can get along better in the next two books. I think we will, especially with the relationship that I know is coming for him. I believe it can happen. I want to love Ronan Lynch.
I'm actually really excited for the next two books in the series, and I, once again, have high hopes.

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PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 18, 2020

Gansey, dangling his arm outside, patted the side of the car as if it were a horse. “That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.”

PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 18, 2020

Kissing’s a lot like laughing. If the joke’s funny, it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last heard one.

PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 18, 2020

Gansey II [Gansey's father] described students — comrades, really — forming bonds of brotherhood that would last for the rest of their lives. It was C. S. Lewis and the Inklings, Yeats and the Abbey Theatre, Tolkien and his Kolbítar, Glendower and his poet Iolo Goch, Arthur and his knights. It was a community of scholars just outside of adolescence, a sort of Marvel comic where every hero represented a different arm of the humanities. It was not toilet-papered trees and whispered bribes, front-lawn hacky sack and faculty affairs, gifted vodka and stolen cars.

A sword is never a killer; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
-Ronan

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Golden_Goddess
Aug 09, 2016

“He threw me out the window!”

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Joyce_Ng
Jun 24, 2016

“The inside of the old Camaro smelled like asphalt and desire, gasoline and dreams.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

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kn1226
Jun 25, 2015

It was funny…how humorous she always appeared, how that smile was always just a moment away from her lips. You really didn’t see the sadness or the longing unless you already knew it was there. But that was the trick, wasn’t it? Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs.

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kn1226
Jun 25, 2015

I'm sorry no one saved you.

white_cat_504 Jan 01, 2014

Noah slouched in. In a wounded tone, he said, "He threw me out the window!"

JewelMcLatchy Dec 05, 2013

The Gray Man hated his current rental car. He got the distinct impression it hadn't been handled enough by humans when it was young, and now would never be pleasant to be around. Since he'd picked it up, it had already tried to bite him several times and had spent a considerable amount of time resisting his efforts to achieve the speed limit.

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mvkramer Oct 21, 2013

This book focuses its attention a little more on Ronan, who, like his father, can pull things out of his dreams and make them real. The team seems mysteriously stalled on its way to finding Glendower, and soon start to break apart under their own pressures. Adam and Blue's tentative relationship is floundering. Ronan is trying to understand and control his abilities -- as well as come to terms with his father's death. A mysterious hit man stalks the team, looking for Ronan even though he doesn't know what he can do.

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Aug 23, 2015

Other: drug and alcohol abuse

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