Genre: Fantasy (Contemporary) Age Range: YA Star Rating: 2.5 stars Series: yes - second book of trilogy
*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for CALL DOWN THE HAWK*
The Dreamers’ power source is blocked. Diminished. Weak. Will they survive?
Ronan Lynch isn’t waiting to find out. He is ready to do wahtever it takes to same the Dreamers and the Dreamed.
Jordan Hennessy knows she will not survive if the dreaming fails. She plunges into a dark underworld to find an object that may sustain her.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is afraid of the Dreamers – which is why she’s agreed to hunt them down. But the closer she gets the more complicated her feelings get…
Synopsis taken from back cover. Add to your Goodreads shelves here.
This is going to be quite a short review as I don’t want to repeat a lot of the stuff I said in the CALL DOWN THE HAWK review, because the sense of world and character disconnect was similar here.
The first 2/3 of this book were a lot easier to read than CALL DOWN THE HAWK. I had the knowledge of the previous book that let me understand who the character were and vaguely what they were after. There weren’t random POVs dropping in here and there, just Ronan, Hennessy, Jordan, Declan, Carmen, and Matthew. That was a lot more manageable. Plus the magic felt a little more familiar after one book. This is why I often do give series two books to grab me, because immersion can really help.
Then I hit the final third and the exactness of what was happening started to slip away from me. It just all jumbled a bit too much, with various people being revealed as liars or something else, attacks going on, characters making big emotional decisions that I couldn’t quite trace the line leading up to it. At this point, I remarked to a friend that I was very glad the book was ~130 pages shorter than the previous, as it meant I was wading through less stuff I couldn’t follow.
This is the point where I stop with the series – I shan’t be trying to read the final book because I really don’t like being confused when I read. It’s happened with both books, so it seems likely it would happen again with the third.
Read my reviews of other books by Maggie Stiefvater:
The Dreamer Trilogy (this series):
- CALL DOWN THE HAWK (#1)