Author: Maggie Steifvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Length: 448 pages
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...
Characters: While a large portion of this book centered around one particular character, this book, like the previous installment, is told from a number of third person perspectives. Our seemingly main protagonist for the first installment, Blue, has been moved to the back burner for now to make way for Ronan Lynch, one of my favorite characters from the last book, however Blue and the rest of Gansey's gang aren't written out and they all get their own smaller storylines though after this book I may be done liking a certain character in any way, shape, or form. Noah is also fairly absent throughout this book due to some problems resulting from waking the ley line, though when he is there look for some pretty interesting things to happen.
Romance: With this book being mainly Ronan focused I thought that Ronan would finally get a love interest, and I'm still not sure if I was right or not. At one point in the book I thought Ronan would enter a rather unpredictable romance with a newly introduced character, and like I said above I'm not sure if I hit the nail on the head or just over estimated what I thought would happen. Besides Ronan's very, very confusing romance of sorts, there's also Blue and her dilemma of not being able to kiss her true love, and while we as the audience can rather easily identify her true love as Gansey, she refuses to kiss Adam on the slight chance that he may be really her true love. This decision of course complicates their relationship and adds a great amount of drama, which still barely takes up any space in the actual plot.
World-Building: With this being a Ronan-centric novel we learn a lot about him and his family. We learn just how he was able to pull his beloved raven Chainsaw out of his dreams and the secret he knew that got his father killed. By the end of this novel there isn't much that we don't know about Ronan, and with that I don't see Ronan being too big of a fixture in the second half of this series. Sure he'll be there much the same way he was in the first one, he's there and he'll help out where he can, but he probably won't carry an important storyline or have more than a few chapters devoted to him for the rest of the series. Granted I could be completely wrong, but part of me says I'm probably right.
Predictability: Minus all the Ronan romance weirdness, still not sure if I was right, a lot of the upredictable parts of the book aren't necessarily that I couldn't guess what happened but more that I couldn't predict how it happened. I spent a lot of the book being more shocked at not believing how things went down rather than being shocked as to what was happening. Then there were those times that I was caught completely off guard and it was even worse because it was hard to understand exactly what was going on under all that action.
Ending: Like the last book, this one tries to shock the reader with a cliffhanger, however since it doesn't come completely out of the blue, like the last one, but rather something that progressed in the epilogue, it didn't achieve the same effect. I still cannot wait for the next one, I can already tell that it's going to be amazing, but I'm just not chomping at the bit to see exactly what the ending means because I could probably hazard a relatively good guess.
Of course this was just as amazing, if not more, as the first installment, but like the last book, this one is fairly slow paced and I wouldn't recommend it to those who cannot handle grinding through a pointless-at-the-time chapter to get to the true meaning underneath it all. However if you can handle it I just know this series will captivate you as it has me.
P.S. So seeing as how the move has suddenly progressed exponentially fast this weekend, we're seriously so close to done, I'm going out on a limb and saying that this may be the start to my comeback. For those who are subscribed to me on YouTube, and to those who aren't you should (just saying), I'm going to be putting up a video early this week explaining where we go from here in terms of the giveaways I was going to do for this month and just a video about what's been up with me.