The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Friday, May 27th 2016

“A secret is a strange thing.

There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone knows about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know. The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid.

And then there is the third kind of secret, the most hidden kind. A secret no one knows about. Perhaps it was known once, but was taken to the grave. Or maybe it is a useless mystery, arcane and lonely, unfound because no one ever looked for it.

Sometimes, some rare times, a secret stays undiscovered because it is something too big for the mind to hold. It is too strange, too vast, too terrifying to contemplate.

All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or keptfrom, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.” 

― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

Finished reading on 30th of September 2015
Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves is the second book from Maggie Stiefvaters The Raven Cycle series. If you never read a Maggie Stiefvater novel you are really keeping yourself away from away from an amazing story teller. Maggie Stiefvater has an incredible way of creating words, characters, as well as capturing authors within emotional realism despite the fact this is a complete work of literary romantic fantasy. Before we dive deeper into  The Dream Thieves I would like to take the time to speak about the wonderful cover artist Adam Doyle.

Adam S. Doyle

 “My work always begins with a love for the magic of creation- the blank surface transformed into a living thing or another world. This act has been with mankind since the first paintings on cave walls and yet never ceases to be awe-inspiring. I always want my marks to be visible, to keep this sense of wonder present. I’m committed to making images that speak truth to power, that provide space to breathe, and that use simple forms to reveal and make accessible the heart of stories.”


Adam S. Doyle is a classically educated fine artist that has a unique style to his art that truly sets him apart from any other artist today. Doyle holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from New York’s School of Visual Arts. Doyle is originally from Boston yet his horizons are cast wide both intellectually and physically. The quite white background is an signature style to his art pieces hold and eerie glow in the center really creates a level of creative warmth within the viewers staring at his art pieces. That is to be expected from an artist who have studied in Los Angeles, Rome, Auckland, and finally Hong Kong, this is according to his interview with Julia Sevin in Nightmare Magazine, where he speaks about the importances of magic and mythology within his artwork.

Doyle white background is important to his art work since it’s a symbolism for the magic of creation. Since he is classically laugh artist, it’s no surprise that he connects his artwork to the primitive painters who conjured cave walls, that the world is still inspired by. For Doyle it’s the way our ancestral painters held the bridge between the environment and themselves so closely. Through Doyle’s study of art his connection to the incomplete art pieces held a moment between canvas and artist that is not regularly felt with a finish piece of art.

“I’ve always been drawn to these pieces. In them you can see the artist’s hand. You have access to the moment before (the raw canvas) and the moment after (the finished painting) (1).”
Adam S. Doyle process of creating his art work is amazing and startling. The process in which art is created is constantly inspiring despite if the art is physically, or metaphysically is astonishing. This is definitely the case with Maggie Stiefvater her creation, her storytelling, her writing, her character, her art, art. The Dream Thieves is the second installment of The Raven Cycle series. Out of all the novels within the series, this novel is the heart beat of the series.

The Review

The Dream Thieves continues the adventures of Adam, Blue, Gansey, and Ronan, as they explore the ley lines around Cabeswater. Cabewaster has awoken, and nothing is ever going to be the same for Blue or her Raven Boys. The puzzle that is Cabeswater is a puzzle that Gansey has to solve. What I love the most about this novel is how it allows us to better understand Ronan. In the previous novel my heart was stolen by the mysterious story which was Noah, however my heart has been pulled towards Ronan and probably never going to be returned.
Maggie Stiefvater is a weaver of clues, stories, characters, and hearts. Ronan is entirely misunderstood within his own party of friends. Ronan is constantly plague with the terrors of his nightmare. Devils, conquerors, beast and nightmares. There is so much that happens in this novel that will truly lure you to love Ronan more than you ever think you would.

Maggie Stiefvater character Ronan Lynch & Cassandra Jean artwork

Ronan is the type of person whose friendship you treasure as if you have a fragile human heart in the palm of your hand. Those unaware of his nature, Ronan is a demon, a terror, a black inky oil that lays on the surfaces of the water. Those who have the privilege of know Ronan don’t truly know Ronan, although they know that he’s more gentle that advertise. A little more lonely that beleved, and a lot more magical than ever realized. Magic. Truth. Presents. Art. Dream. Dreams. Dreamers. Thieves.  Besides Ronan Stiefvater also adds more characters to this memorizing series, such as The Gray Man.The Gray man is a out for something called the Graywaren a object.
There are somethings that relationships can survived from, well expected for Adam’s anger. This is the case between Blue & Adam. Adam’s feeling for her, the strong feelings of what he wants for her are not exactly what Blue can give. What Adam wants from her she can not give him. Blue is not the one to give Adam what he’s asking for. Blue realize to quickly that she can’t give back the feeling he wants in return. This some how translates into Blue & Blue beginning to talk a little more than you would expect. Gansey & Blue tension from the previous book seems to blossom into something more within the stole night hours away from the other Raven Boys.


There is so much more to tell you about this novel but I won’t be the one to spoil them for you. Just trust me when Is say this novel is worth listening to. Usually I would tell you to  buy the novel but I really feel you are missing out of the power of Will Patton’s theatrical voice. Trust me it’s completely worth buying the audio book and listening. Let Will Patton tell you a story that Maggie Stiefvater has weave for us.

Few of my favorite quote:

“If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.” 

― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

Happy Reading Ya’ll

(you’ll understand the car picture once you’re read the book)



Work Cited:

SEVIN, JULIA. “Artist Spotlight: Adam S Doyle – Nightmare Magazine.” Nightmare Magazine. Artist Spotlight, 17 July 2013. Web. 26 May 2016.

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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