Sunday, June 7, 2020

Book Review: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Review: Call Down the Hawk by freshfromthe.com
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Published: November 5, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 472

SynopsisThe dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

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. . . .

Thoughts: This is sort of a follow up to the previous Raven Cycle series by author Maggie Stiefvater. Mostly in the way that you have more background about the characters than if you hadn't read the other series. But you don't really have to have read it to start this one. With that series, I enjoyed the books more and more as they went on, and I have a feeling it will be the same with this one. Mostly because this book has a lot of introducing to do with new characters as well as characters that were recurring in the other books but not necessarily main characters. 

That's always a tough balancing act in follow up series like this one, because inherently readers are always on the lookout for the characters that they know and already love and have less patience for the new ones and their new situations to get to know. I certainly fall into that very easily. What is also interesting about the way she has written this book, is that it's very clearly continuing. It felt like I just stopped the story partway rather than finished anything. 

Somehow the book was just as long as some other books I've read recently, but felt much shorter, and perhaps that is partly because it really felt like things were only just starting to get going once it ended. So, I am looking forward to the next book, as it seems like things will really start moving. I'm being pretty vague here as to not give anything about the plot away, ha. 

Rating: 3.5/5

What I'm Reading Next:  One of us is Next by Karen M. McManus

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