The Dream Thieves is the second in the Raven Cycle by Stiefvater. If you want to know more about the first book, The Raven Boys, check out my “old” blog review here. This book continues the stories of Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah plus adds some additional characters. I didn’t say a lot about the whole plot in my first review, so I am not sure where to begin.
I was a bit confused in the beginning of the book because I couldn’t remember quite how the first book ended and, unlike many second books in a series, the characters did not spend any time bringing the reader up to date. In other words, don’t bother reading this without reading The Raven Boys. Unlike the previous books which had only Blue’s and a third person points of view, this book has everyone’s points of view but Noah. Stiefvater even created a “bad guy” who shares his perspective.
This book is less mystery and more thriller/science fiction. There is some romance but it has some unexpected twists. The group has less time together and more time in pairs or alone, so their friendship and chemistry seems off. Odd things continue to happen while the threat of death looms. The search for Glendower takes back seat to Ronan’s own secrets which are revealed slowly throughout.
What did this book have to do with my faith? Dreams play a big part in this book and I have also been thinking a lot lately about my own dreams. When I say dreams, I mean those that come during sleep. Hearing from God in our dreams is Biblical. Remember Joseph in Genesis and Joseph in the Gospel of Matthew? I think that God does send us messages or promptings in our dreams. However, it is up to us to listen to those promptings and act on them (or not). I wonder what would happen if we could replicate people, events or even things in our dreams. Would we be more attune to God’s messages or more likely to use these things for our own selfish ends? What has God said to you in your dreams?
I don’t recommend The Dream Thieves unless you read the first book and really liked it. I almost didn’t finish reading this one.
Happy reading (and dreaming)!