There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
So far, this is my favorite of the series, we all know I had some problems with the second one, and this one made up for all of those issues. We are back focusing on finding Glendower, and the sub-plots I feel are more applicable to the main goal of finding the Welsh king and somehow trying to find a way for Gansey to survive.
The three people resting in the tomb, and the one who should not be woken is really intriguing. And like I said before, at least it’s back to focusing on waking Glendower, who is one of the sleepers. Though we didn’t find him, the one who was woken was really interesting, and it will be fun to see what happens with the one who isn’t supposed to be woken.
Now that the Grey Man’s employer is involved I can get behind him a bit more than in the previous book. He didn’t make much sense to me in the second book – most of what happened in that one didn’t – but now that we see how deep his employer is in the lives of Blue and the boys, his role as a protector becomes more evident, and the few moments he has, they are very poignant.
The boys: Adam isn’t a complete douche anymore, which I appreciate. He seems to be coming to terms with his social station and that of Gansey and Ronan as well, and letting them help him; being a part of Cabeswater is definitely a help, he has something that makes him needed by the others and that makes him less intimidated by them. Ronan’s layers are coming off a bit more. We got to know him in The Dream Thieves, but now we are getting to know him even more, and his crush on Adam is becoming more apparent, as well as his fierceness when it comes to the group – even Blue. I’ve always loved Gansey, and he is even more likable in this one, we are getting to see the deeper side of him and he’s becoming a boy – not the facade he puts on for his family and friends to keep everything running.
I really loved the shifting of everyone’s relationships in this one. Adam finally coming to terms with his own conflicting thoughts and making a conscious effort not to take out his uncertainties on the rest of the group. Gansey and Blue are starting to bond on a personal level; Ronan isn’t as haunted ; and poor Noah – always there to help everyone out with their tough times but never able to receive any help in return.
I’m looking forward to the last book, and really hoping that somehow Gansey is saved – though the odds are certainly against him (and Stiefvater is not giving the fandom much hope!). Seeing how all of the sleepers interact will be really interesting, and how all the magic being released culminates.