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…
I felt like this one was a bit slower than the first, and kind of sporatic. Really it felt like an adjustment period for the characters, which I guess they needed. But I had hoped for more answers, and instead got more questions.
This book focused more on Ronan and his weird ability to take things from his dreams. Though we got more of his background and saw how devoted he is to his brothers (biological and non), I don’t really feel like I know him that much better, but mysterious is basically his label of the group so I guess that makes sense. However, I don’t really understand how his dreams play into the larger goal of finding the Welsh king. I mean I understand they are tied to Cabeswater, and Adam is now tied to Cabeswater too, and this book was only about Cabeswater, basically nothing to do with Glendower besides the fact that he may be there, and that kind of annoyed me.
Adam, I didn’t love him in the first book, and I still don’t, he turned into a general ass in this one and I was so glad when Blue ended whatever little relationship they had. Towards the end when he started to come to terms with all the changes in his life he got a little better, so I am hoping in the next one he’ll finally start to grow on me.
I still love Gansey, and Blue became a bit more open in her perceptions of people which I appreciated; but honestly I didn’t feel like either of them were in the second book very much. The two of them also got closer which I liked, I think they balance each other pretty well (when Blue isn’t being difficult) and are a good team with similar goals. Everyone wants to find Glendower, but I feel like these two are the only ones who are doing it for non-selfish reasons.
I didn’t really like the Grey Man, I mean I understand why he was needed to tell the other side of Ronan’s story, but I don’t really see how he’ll play into the larger scheme of the story, I guess we’ll find out! And I am not a huge fan of Blue’s mom, she’s just so flakey – and with her obsession over her ex-boyfriend you’d think she’d be more willing to help Blue find a way for Gansey to survive – which no one seems worried about by the way!
Overall, I didn’t like this book as much as the first one, I feel like it was more of a way to stretch the series, and I am losing sight of what the actual mission of these characters and this series is.