Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published: September 17th, 2013 by Scholastic Press
Genres: young adult // mystery // supernatural
What a ride. The mystery grows ever larger. But we have new character development and another step closer to Glendower. Blue and her raven boys still make this story some to life. I really like all the different perspectives, even though that’s hard to pull off. I can’t say too much about the plot for this one due to its focus was on dreams, on Ronan and figuring out why Cabeswater disappeared, that’s basically it. Which is fine! It just doesn’t leave much room for various plot discussion. (I also am still trying to work on my own analyzing skills…very unskilled.) And this cliffhanger was bigger, but just as unexpected as the last! (Also, technically, I read this a couple of years ago, but I literally forgot everything except names. So we’re glossing over that detail.)
If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?
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.
Stiefvater continues to write in such an enchanting way. The pace is about the same as the previous book because there was still a lot of character development to introduce, mainly Ronan and Adam. And the development is wonderful. I will explain more for the characters in a minute, but this is character-driven magic. Mystery isn’t always about intense, suspenseful adventures full of crazy. This one makes you wonder… AND I WANT TO SEE GLENDOWER. Is he real?? Is Gansey gonna die to get him?? Please, no! But I also feel like someone in the story could be Glendower himself? Questions abound!
I noticed this book plays a lot with themes of humanity! Discovering your identity, seeking what you want for yourself, finding love or realizing the love you have.
Blue and Gansey don’t have as much development in this one compared to Ronan and Adam. They’re still fantastic people! Blue is still trying to fit in with her raven boys and believing herself to be too plain. She loves the adventures and just wants to help any way she can in the quest to find Glendower. Gansey is still the word-hoarder and really struggles with mending/keeping good relations with his group… It’s like, in Gansey’s identity process, it’s more for who he is within the group/to the others… He’s just having a really hard time understanding others and how he should act! *huffs* Oh, and steps toward a Bluesey romance??
Those two are digging into themselves trying to see who they are and what they want for themselves. Blue wanting something more, but not knowing what that more is. Who is Gansey? He doesn’t know, either. Blue has the love of her family, Gansey has the love of this band of misfits – do they see it?
Ronan and Adam.
Ronan is super involved with the story this time because it delves into the dream world often to figure out Cabeswater and its magic. You see into his head more, into his complexities and fears. Who is Ronan? What does he care about? He’s chasing love in the wrong direction, thinking him and Kavinsky are the same – that it’s inevitable. But he realizes later (thanks to crazy, sad events!) that Kavinsky is so empty…and he’s not quite there yet. AND CAN SOMEONE KEEP AN EYE ON HIM WHEN MOTHER GANSEY IS AWAY? I just want to hug him and pat his shaved head and reassure him!
(I like the subtleties about Ronan thrown around.)
She wore a dress Ronan thought looked like a lampshade. Whatever sort of lamp it belonged on, Gansey clearly wished he had one.
Ronan wasn’t a fan of lamps.
Adam, my dear young man, is such a strong, but lost soul. He feels broken, forever broken, with a misguided sense of what love really is. I hate it when him and Gansey fight! Not to mention that now he has magic going a little haywire within him – he’s hearing voices, hallucinating, and raging more. Thankfully, with a little help, he opens his mind to himself and begins to understand. I want to hug him and hold him and pat his head, too!
Sometimes Ronan thought Adam was so used to the right way being painful that he doubted any path that didn’t come with agony.
Noah isn’t in this as much, which is understandable with him being dead and all. Still adorable, still love him! And was it not hilarious when Ronan threw him out the window?? OMG, I died.
(The Gray Man: Maura likes a hit man, what? I thought that was awesome. And she handles herself with him so well. But I was also so worried that he was gonna harm the boys or something once he realized what the Greywaren is… But he’s just a murderer, not a kidnapper, folks. *wipes brow* No worries! I didn’t love his character, but I didn’t hate him, either. Mixed. BUT I still can’t forgive him for what he did…)
But like I said, themes of humanity. This group hurts each other so much in this book. In the process of searching themselves without opening their eyes and ears to the others to realize that they all care.
- Adam is oblivious to how much Gansey just wants him to be happy and how receiving a little help is allowed without losing authority over your own life. He has trouble understanding that love from others is not always controlling.
- Gansey doesn’t see that everyone wants to work on this quest with him, but they all have their own quests, too. And the dissonance those journeys may cause is not his fault nor does he have to fix it all himself.
- Ronan is so focused on his own mind and abilities that he is oblivious to the negative affects he has on his friends. And the positive they’d have on him if he let them. They wonder if they should worry, if he’s OK, but he doesn’t see that.
- Blue believes he life too small, which leads to the inability to see the love her family gives her and the happiness in even the small things. She’s too focused on the something more and making sure she has a place with her boys.
They struggle finding how they each fit their piece into the jigsaw that is Blue, her raven boys, the quest for Glendower, Cabeswater. It’s a big puzzle.
I threw a lot of words at you, I’m sorry. Just a few more. I have some quips (can’t read a book without them…).
- Adam’s side of things was actually quite vague… I know it’s a mystery, but I was slightly confused. Like, what exactly did the sacrifice mean? I can’t even explain it well because parts of his side were explained, but maybe the connection was lost, still vague in specificities? I dunno, but it wasn’t detrimental!
- Still slow-paced, which isn’t always bad, but if you’ve read other posts of mine, you’ll know I like faster paces. It doeesn’t have to be non-stop, but just faster. Still love the characters, still want to see Glendower!
- Was the climax short to you? *shrugs* Still cool!
My rating: (it may change because I can’t decide between 3.5 or 4… and I don’t like quarters!)
Until next time, worms (of books)!
Did you read this book? What did you think of the development? Comment below! (Careful of spoilers, though)
~Cover photo from Goodreads~