book reviews

Call Down the Hawk

Maggie Stiefvater

Dreamers and dreams … what more is there to say. Ronan Lynch has always been a dreamer, constantly surrounded by the creations of his subconscious. Yet even though he can achieve so much in his dreams, do almost anything, Ronan still finds himself longing to not always be controlled by his need to dream. Mostly, this means he just wants to be able to visit his boyfriend without worrying he might start bleeding black, or release some horrible, dreamed-up creatures lose on a college campus. 

But Ronan isn’t the only one struggling with his mind. Other dreamers are dreaming, and there are fates fast-approaching, and it is only a matter of time before Ronan becomes tangled up in yet another series of mystical and mysterious events. With so many twists and surprises, Ronan must figure out what is going on in his dreams, and in the real world, before someone gets hurt.

What is happening?!?! That is basically what I was thinking the entire time I was reading Call Down the Hawk. If you haven’t read The Raven Cycle series yet I wouldn’t even try getting into this. I really think that you need to read those first (and you should anyway because they are so amazing) before even attempting to read this book. Even though it is the first in a series, and theoretically you could just start here, the already confusing plot would be even more impossible to understand if you don’t have at least some knowledge of the characters and what they are doing.

That being said, once you get going it becomes more and more clear as to where the plot is headed. It jumps around from multiple character perspectives, so at first I was thinking wait who is this why are they doing that what is happening, but it made sense to me eventually. 

Maggie Stiefvater has such an interesting writing style, particularly in this novel. Compared to novels of a similar genre, Call Down the Hawk has much less dialogue and much more stream of consciousness/in the character’s head writing. This really helps you get to know the characters though, which is important since all the characters in the book have such interesting and complex lives – you really need to get into their heads to know what’s going on because their own words probably couldn’t even describe it.

I’ll be honest, I’m still not quite sure what happened at the ending of this book. It was revealing and shocking and it put me in a post-book daze, but the more I thought about it the more confused I got. At least it is a series and things will be cleared up (I hope) in the following books. And if it’s any consolation, I was surprised! 

I give Call Down the Hawk four stars. Mostly, it is for the characters because they are all so complex and troubled and sympathetic (all the makings of a great character) that you can’t help but feel for them. The plot is twisty and strange and intricate, but it holds your attention and makes you want to read more – what else could you ask for! Fans of The Raven Cycle should definitely give this a try, and if you enjoy the unusual and not-so-straight forward types of books I think you would like this one too.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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