This is a Christmas present to my very dear friend and colleague, Caro. Enjoy! =)
Let me start by saying, that Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite author. I love all of her books (though Shiver remains my favorite) and nothing makes me happier than when she announces a new book. And like always (and despite small short comings) The Dream Thieves did not disappoint!
In The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater conjured a number of subplots -- Ronan's dreams, Glendower, Adam's troubles, Gansey's impending demise. But it's only in The Dream Thieves that they start to weave together into a truly unified story... well, almost. It deals mostly with the subplots other than Glendower, with the promise that the Raven King will be the third and fourth book's focus. In the first book we got the object of the mission (finding Glendower) and who was the leader (Gansey). We also got the budding of an attraction between Adam and Blue, but the foreshadowing that Blue's real true love would be Gansey whom she saw herself lovingly kissing in a vision. And let's remember, Blue's true love will die when she kisses him. In The Dream Thieves we get a better perspective on some of the crew making up the expedition that Gansey is leading, specifically Ronan.
While Gansey and Adam are still important figures, Ronan Lynch really is the main character of this story -- Maggie Stiefvater explores every part of his mind, from the flapping demons with razor-sharp beaks which he accidentally pulls out of his dreams to his fierce love for his mother and younger brother. Especially touching is his relationship with Gansey, which is finally defined and fully realized in a way that feels wholly organic. I love that Stiefvater incorporates this into her writing in such a subtle way instead of pointing it out again and again like other writers might, which reinforces that it is nothing unusual at all.