I've been waiting for this book to come into the library for months. Normally I'm all about buying all the books, but right now we are redoing our book shelve set up and, well, there's nowhere to put any more books! (It's a tragedy really) So instead I'm going the library route, although there will be a major list of titles to buy once the new shelving goes up, because some books just demand to be owned.
So what about this book? Does it demand to be owned?
It absolutely does. There are a few authors that I will buy every time, no questions asked, and Maggie Stiefvater is one of those. This books is the 2nd book in the Raven Cycle series and it's a great one. Even better is that the 3rd book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue came in at the same time, so there's no lag time for me between books!
About this book...
It picks up pretty closely to where the Raven Boys ends and we find Blue and her boys still in search of Cabeswater and the mysteries held therein.
While Blue and Gansey are still there (along with Adam and Noah) the focus of this book is really Ronan and his newly honed gift- he is able to dream things into reality. Through out the book we see Ronan learning to really use his gift and try to figure out what it means for him. It also gives him some really important insights into both of his parents and it helps him understand some things from his past that seemed impossible.
Along the way Blue and the Boys have to deal with people coming to Henrietta to find the object that can pull things from dreams, these people don't know that it's not an object, but a person, and that person is Ronan. I particularly liked how Stiefvater wove The Grey Man into the story- he's bad. He's there to kill if need be in order to procure the object. At the same time he is enchanted by Blue's family and the town, and while he has no qualms about killing, kidnapping isn't really his thing.
In the end several of our characters have to come to terms with who they are and where they are going in life. There are fights and struggles, but in the end they all pull together and stick together and I can't wait to see how they solve the next challenge laid at their feet.