Book Review: CALL DOWN THE HAWK by Maggie Stiefvater

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Genre: Fantasy (contemporary)
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 2.5 stars
Series: yes - first book in trilogy

Synopsis:

The Dreamers walks among us. Is anyone safe?

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer… and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed… 

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


Review:

The thing with this book was how confusing it felt. I really struggled to follow what on earth was happening in it.

Part of this is the way the book is written – lots of short sentence fragments jumping around. Works really well to create the sense of Ronan. Doesn’t work so well for comprehension as there are often large logic leaps of association between adjacent sentences and trying to work out how you get between the two really broke up the flow.

The other is just how many POVs there are. There are 5 main POVs, I think – Ronan, Jordan, Henessey, Declan, and Carmen (though prose most refers to her by her surname Farooq-Lane.) And it takes a few chapters to find out Henessey and Jordan are different people (which is very much NOT clear from the synopsis, which refers to them as one!) Interspersed between these POVs are a bunch of others who get one chapter here and one there. They didn’t really add anything, personally, just confused me by adding new characters and story lines seen through other eyes.

On top of that confusion, the POVs aren’t all linked for ages. And Carmen’s never directly links with the others, just through world and goals. This is never something that helps me engage with a story, because I struggle to find a reason to like the ones not linked to whoever I decide is the main.

Other than Ronan, the main cast of the previous series aren’t really in this. Adam is a bit (he’s Ronan’s boyfriend after all), but Gansey and Blue are in like 3 references or texts and that’s it. It doesn’t help with feeling comfortable/familiar in the world.

The world should be familiar, given there’s another series in the world with Ronan set before it. Except it isn’t.

The lore and world is so suddenly expanded at the start of the book that it feels like the magic has suddenly been changed. The fortune telling and Welsh-related vibe of the magic is all gone, and there’s now an organisation hunting down dreamers.

Yes, I will be going on to the next book, but not with much anticipation or expectation.


Read my reviews of other books by Maggie Stiefvater:

The Dreamer Trilogy (this series):

  • MISTER IMPOSSIBLE (#2)

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