The Dream Thieves (by Maggie Stiefvater)

16 03 2014

dreamthievesThe Dream Thieves is the follow up to Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, which was probably the cat’s biggest surprise of 2013: paranormal fantasy could actually be good, a (conventional) good old-fashioned bulky read, you know ? That is why I could not have been more disappointed with The Dream Thieves.

Even though I already had the feeling that Ronan would become an important character – and he is really the focus of The Dream Thieves – the way that this is done is… well, dull… as opposed to the wild and exuberant way in which his character deserved to be at the center of things.

Oh, this book is written well enough but plot and characters just couldn’t hold my interest here because it was soooo slow-moving and really isn’t furthering any of the elements of book 1. The Raven Boys was really an ensemble book. Yes, there was a girl protagonist (Blue) and a boy protagonist, (Gansey), but all the other characters weren’t really secondary… they really all played a pivotal role. That has definitely changed in The Dream Thieves, which is mostly about Ronan (as a dream thief) and when the other characters do appear they don’t really add anything to the overall plot. Their quests from The Raven Boys are almost ‘forgotten’ and they just seem to be filler characters, especially Adam and Noah, who could both be such interesting characters.

This one has all the stereotypical weaknesses of the middle book. Anyway, major major letdown and I don’t really know if I want to continue this series.

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16 03 2014
S

… You’re aware Adam had a whole arc, right? I can get being frustrated that Blue and Gansey had more minor roles in the novel, but Adam was arguably co-protagonist of the novel and took position as the Magician just as Ronan took position as the Greywaren. “Filler” feels highly inaccurate

17 03 2014
Ringo the Cat

Honestly, by the time it came to Adam and his importance as the Magician, it felt like too little too late. Up till the the only time Adam appeared in the book, it was to mope. So maybe ‘filler’ is too strong a word, but I really couldn’t get over the fact that giving Adam ‘some’ kind of importance just seemed obligatory and an afterthought. Maybe not filler, but ‘guest appearance’ at best… Sorry, that’s just how it felt to me.

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