The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves : Book 2 of the Raven Boys

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The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater! Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after....
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 139.7 x 209.55 x 37.08mm | 557.92g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0545424941
  • 9780545424943
  • 8,191

Review quote

`In this continuation of `The Raven Boys `(2012), Printz Honor Book recipient Stiefvater continues the compelling story, keeping the focus once again on the Raven Boys themselves: privileged Gansey, tortured Adam, spectral Noah, and darkly dangerous Ronan. This time, though, their quest for the legendary sleeping Welsh King, Owen Glendower, takes a backseat to a spate of secrets, dreams, and nightmares that appear to be sapping the ley line-- an invisible channel of energy connecting sacred places--that runs beneath their small Virginia town. Could this be the reason that the mystical forest, Cabeswater, has inexplicably disappeared? Who is the mysterious Grey Man, and why is he searching for the Greywaren, a relic that enables its owner to steal objects from dreams? How does this involve secretive Ronan? Visceral suspense builds as the characters pursue answers to these and other questions, and a palpable sense of foreboding and danger increasingly permeate the novel. Richly written and filled with figurative language (buildings are `tidy as library books;` a `murmur of guests` attend a party; a woman looks `fresh as a newscaster`), this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder.` - `Booklist `starred review
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About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the novels SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER, and THE SCORPIO RACES. She is also the author of LAMENT: THE FAERIE QUEEN'S DECEPTION and BALLAD: A GATHERING OF FAERIE. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at
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Rating details

183,048 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 45% (83,145)
4 37% (67,477)
3 14% (25,293)
2 3% (5,218)
1 1% (1,915)

Our customer reviews

The first thing I did after finishing The Raven Boys? I made a trip to the nearest bookstore to pick up The Dream Thieves, of course! The Raven Cycle is a very special series, one that I'm still kicking myself for waiting so long to read. And importantly, The Dream Thieves lived up to my (very high) expectations for a sequel to that fantastic read. Reasons to Read: 1. A seamless sequel: The Dream Thieves is a great example of a perfect transition from the first book to its sequel. The transition here was so fluid, it truly felt like a continuation of the same story. The Raven Boys was a very strong start to a series and The Dream Thieves simply builds on that foundation. The plot, world, and the characters are further developed and as a result, the reader is completely immersed in the story. 2. Particular attention is paid to Ronan: Ronan Lynch was introduced as one of the Raven Boys in the first book, but he was more of a background character. The Dream Thieves pays a significant amount of attention to both Ronan's back story and his present struggles. I appreciated the fact that characters aside from Blue and Gansey are given the attention they deserve and treated like people rather than plot devices and Ronan is a perfect example of this in The Dream Thieves. 3. One of the most romantic scenes ever: Romance isn't a must-have for me in a book, but I appreciate a great love story as much as any other reader! The love story in The Raven Cycle hasn't been at all what I expected prior to starting the series, but I'm so pleased with it. For readers who love gradual, swoon-worthy love stories with ever-mounting tension The Dream Thieves captures this story flawlessly. Admittedly, there were a couple subplots which I had a harder time trying to fit into the overall story (such as The Gray Man and Kavinsky) which felt somewhat out of place and forced compared to the remainder of the book. That being said, this was fairly minor for me and didn't detract from my overall reading experience. I love the magic in this series, and I was absolutely blown away by how great of a sequel The Dream Thieves is compared to The Raven Boys as an introduction to The Raven Cycle. Maggie Stiefvater's writing is magical in and of itself, but the world she created here is incredibly intoxicating! Hardcover personally more
by Brenna Staats
Favourite Quote: “What do you want, Adam?” To feel awake when my eyes are open. The first book in this series was just okay for me, so I was skeptical about this book. Even though I’m giving this book the same rating as the first, I actually enjoyed this book more! I give this book 3/5 stars! The plot was easier to follow than the first books, so I was grateful for that. There were many sub-plots interwoven with the main plot and I think they fitted well together and made the book more interesting and developed! The ending was on a bit of a cliffhanger but not one that I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book but still I’m looking forward to the next book! The characters are the thing I love most about this book! Ronan, Ronan, Ronan, so much love for Ronan! He was my favourite in the first book and still remains mine in after this one! There was a personal secret revealed about Ronan near the end and I actually never saw it coming! But it just made me love him more! Then there’s the other character, Blue who actually was not in a lot of the book, but she was okay. Gansey is next and I love him too, though him and Blue are too cliché for my liking! Adam and Noah were okay for me, Adam had some character development but I still don’t feel that connected to him. Then there was the introduction of the Grey Man who was as dull as the colour grey and boring! Overall this was better than the first but still just okay! Hopefully the next book is even better!show more
by brookexx
Maggie Stiefvater is a genius. The Dream Thieves, to put it simply, BLEW MY MIND! I loved The Raven Boys, but at that time, I didn't fully appreciate the sheer brilliance of Steifvater's writing. I wanted to be thrown into the action right away, but she takes her time and slowly lets us into the lives of each of her characters. The time she took to develop the characters in The Raven Boys allowed for a seamless transition into book two. This is part of what made The Dream Thieves that much more incredible. Sometimes when I read a sequel, it takes me a while to remember what had happened in the first book. Steifvater writes in such a way that, as soon as I finished chapter one, I felt like I was reading the books back to back. This is an extremely rare occurance which truly showcases just how deep her character development is. Since I felt as though the first third of The Raven Boys was spent on character building, when I started The Dream Thieves, I felt as if I were visiting old friends whom I had dearly missed. The prologue to The Dream Thieves is one of the most meaningful, engaging, and honest prologues I have ever read. It sucked me right in, and I just knew I would be in for one hell of a journey. This is where I talk about the writing. Maggie Steifvater's writing has this unique and magical quality to it unlike ANY author I have ever read. Her writing is so captivating and real. Her sentences do not just tell the story, but each one is a piece of art all on its own. While reading The Dream Thieves, there were countless times where I would read a sentence, and go right back and read it again. Now, this was not because I didn't understand said sentence, but because Steifvater's way with words had me in such awe of her talent. There is soo much depth and meaning behind every line in this book. It was truly mesmerizing. The characters are some of my favorite in all of YA fiction. I love how broken they are. Each one has their own demons to battle. They are nowhere near perfect, but that's what makes them soo relatable. The Aglionby boys and Blue feel like dear friends to me, and I am planning on re-reading The Dream Thieves soon just to feel their presence again. We are introduced to some new characters, and the mysterious Gray Man is one of my favorites. I feel like he was written so perfectly because he could have quite easily become a hated character. It is only through Stefvater's writing that he is understood, and thus we are given the ability to connect with him on a human level. I would say that The Dream Thieves could be considered Ronan's book. One reason is because he experiences such emotional highs and lows thoughout the novel which cause him to change as a person. Another reason is that much of the plot is based upon his secrets; his newfound ability to manifest(or steal) objects from his dreams, and a few other big game changers. That being said, every other main character is given the perfect amount of "screen time". I felt that this was the natural progression of the story, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The pacing is perfect and that is all I will say on that. Is there romance? Well if you have read the first book, you know it's not so easy as "romance? or not?". I guess you will just have to read the book and see what happens... All in all, this was my favorite Maggie Steifvater book that I have read so far. Screw it!...This is the best book I have read in 2013 so far. Everything was pitch-perfect. My only complaint would be that the book ended at page 438, because I never wanted to stop reading. When I finally turned that last page, I literally hugged the book to my chest for like 15 minutes, just thinking. At that moment, I realized that I had not just finished a book, but I had experienced something tryly profound. I had fully realized how amazingly talented Maggie Steifvater is. I have read almost everything she had ever written, and to me, she just keeps getting better and better with every book! I never re-read books, no, not a single one! I could re-read this book over and over again and find something new every single time. There is just that much depth and meaning behind each beautiful word. I am soo incredibly happy to know there are two more books still to come in the series! Everyone should read this! I mean EVERYONE! If your a fan of The Raven Boys, then I know you must be dying to read The Dream Thieves. If you haven't started the series yet, then I highly recommend you do so. Fans of every genre will find something here, and I guarentee you will come back for more Maggie Steifvater!show more
by Jessica @ Jessabella Reads
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