Book Review: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater


Publication Date: November 5th 2019

Series: The Dreamer Trilogy #1

The 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. Read More. 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’ve done it. After years of waiting, a month waiting for it to be delivered and weeks not reading because of exams I have finally finished Call Down the Hawk … and I loved it!

Much like Ronan Lynch’s dreams Maggie Stiefvater’s style of writing is wonderful and confusing, magical and intimidating. Her way of storytelling is so unlike anything I’ve ever read. As much as I love her writing style it does take a minute to get into, at least for me personally, and so because of that I did have trouble with the first 50-70 pages but once I found the rhythm of her writing I was hooked.

The plot of this book definitely left me with a permanent look of confusion on my face especially for the first part. I couldn’t predict anything, I had no idea where the plot was going.

After exams finished I flew through this book and it killed me to have to stop reading when I only had 100 pages left (I had to be up at 5:30 the next day). The ending was so gripping, it had me on the edge of my seat … metaphorically speaking as I was sprawled on my bed at the time.

One thing that made me nervous about this new series besides the possibility of my hopes, dreams and overall happiness being destroyed if I didn’t like it, was the new characters.

I, like many, love the OG Gang(sey) with my whole heart and I didn’t think I would … “accept” I suppose you could say, these newbies.

My love for these characters snuck up on me. Literally. I didn’t care about them or their chapters until suddenly I was feeling emotions for them and was worried about them. I was like “when did this happen!

Jordan Hennessey was probably my favourite new character. I love her personality, her aesthetic, her overall story arc and oh my go her budding bromance with Ronan was EVERYTHING!!! I really hope we see her and Blue meet at some point because that would be amazing.

This book also made me care about already established characters, mainly Declan Lynch. Can you believe it!? I enjoyed everything about him in this novel and I’m so happy we see more of his perspective and personality. I also ship him with a certain character, no spoilers obviously, and I sincerely hope they can live happily ever after at the end of this trilogy.

Lots of crazy stuff happen in this novel but me liking and shipping Declan Lynch might be the most out there.

Although this is a companion series to The Raven Cycle I don’t think it’s necessary to read it. The Easter eggs are fun for the fans of the original series, especially the mentions of Gansey and Blue (the texts are 👌) and there is of course an easier understanding of what’s going on but everything important is explained thoroughly and this really is it’s own thing.

So yes, overall I loved this book. I can finally remove this from my blacklist tags and start reblogging everything and anything. I don’t have a clue how I’m supposed to wait a year for book 2 but I can’t wait.

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