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The dream thieves
First edition.
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419 pages ; 22 cm.
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HL 690 L Lexile
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater are awake, magic is swirling around Blue and The Raven boys and Ronan Lynch's ability to pull objects from his dreams is almost out of control but worst of all, the mysterious Gray Man is stalking the Lynch family, looking for something called the Greywaren.


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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....

Author Notes

Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the bestselling Shiver Trilogy (Shiver, Linger and Forever) and The Raven Cycle Series. She is also the author of a book in the Spirit Animals Series (Hunted). Her title Sinner made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. Maggie attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a B.A. in history. She is also an artist, equestrian, musician, and technical editor. She enjoys writing full time from her home in Virginia.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

Narrator Patton delivers the goods in this second installment in the popular Raven Cycle series from Steifvater. After the events of The Raven Boys, Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam-friends and students at Aglionby Academy in Henrietta, Va.-must put their search for the sleeping king aside and deal with the arrival of the Gray Man, a killer who is hunting for a relic called the Greywaren, which can be used to steal objects from dreams. Patton's deep voice and grisly tone are perfect for this fantasy tale. His characters are believable and vivid, his delivery clear, and his pacing perfect. Patton easily hooks the listener from the very start, providing a thrilling listening experience. Ages 14-up. A Scholastic hardcover. (Sept) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

At the end of The Raven Boys (rev. 1/13), Ronan revealed to his friends Gansey, Blue, Adam, and Noah that he could pull things out of his dreams, and Adam offered a sacrifice to the mystical forest Cabeswater in order to awaken the ley line (an invisible energy line that connects "spiritually significant places") in Henrietta, Virginia; they need the ley line to find Glendower, a medieval Welsh king. Now the ley line is inexplicably surging and disappearing, and Adam discovers that his bargain with Cabeswater had unforeseen consequences. Ronan, meanwhile, struggles with the figurative and literal night horrors haunting his sleep until he learns to control what he brings back from his dreams. He also uncovers the connection between his abilities and his family's tragic past, while being tracked by a hit man with a conscience who begins dating Blue's psychic mother. Sound overly complex? It is, but in Stiefvater's capable hands the mysteries unravel authentically, with new questions invariably arising with every answer to continually ratchet up suspense. Her descriptive prose reveals a complicated plot, multiple viewpoints, and detailed character backstories that necessitate patient, thoughtful reading. In this darker second book, Gansey, Blue, their love-triangle-turned-square, and the search for Glendower take a backseat to the exploration of Ronan and Adam's tortured personalities. Many mysteries remain, but the (over-the-top) cliffhanger ending makes it clear that Glendower will resurface as the main focus of book three. cynthia k. ritter (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* 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 permeates 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Backed by a 150,000 print run and a marketing push that includes a college-campus campaign, this title should multiply Stiefvater's already vast fan base.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Picking up where Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012) left off, Steifvater's latest casts a lingering enchantment over its audience-not unlike the waking memory of a strange and beautiful dream. With the ley lines around Henrietta awakened, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah-Raven Boys-and Blue feel closer than ever to finding the hiding place of Welsh King Owan Glendower. Then Cabeswater mysteriously vanishes, and their hopes are unceremoniously dashed. But even as the Raven Boys seek Glendower, some very dangerous men are seeking them. Once again, Stiefvater distinguishes herself as a master storyteller. Characters and settings are superbly crafted, and the elegant prose makes even mundane occurrences seem otherworldly and magical. The omniscient perspective makes audiences privy to information they would not have gained from a first-person narrative. A cliffhanger will leave audiences ravenous for the third installment. Despite not lending itself well to feminine pitches, reader Will Patton's deep, gruff voice is an ideal match for this atmospheric and eerily beautiful story. A bonus particular to the audio format is "Somnus," an original musical composition by the author. Overall, a must have!-Alissa Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

The second installment of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle is as mind-blowingly spectacular as the first. Now that the ley line near Henrietta, Va., has been woken, strange currents race through the town. There's too much electricity--or none at all. The four Raven Boys--Gansey, Adam, long-dead Noah and Ronan--continue to search for the grave of the Welsh king Glendower, but now Ronan is starting to pull objects out of his dreams. Small ones, like the keys to Gansey's Camaro, and larger, lethal nightmare creatures. But his greatest nightmare can't be grasped--how do you hold onto home? Not-quite-psychic Blue Sargent realizes that Gansey might really be her true love--and if she kisses him, he'll die--and meanwhile, her wholly psychic mother is dating the hit man come to steal Ronan. Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters--particularly Ronan, violent, drunk, tender and tough--that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole. Remember this: Ronan never lies. How long until Book 3? (Fantasy. 12 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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