Book Review

REVIEW: Call Down The Hawk

December 2, 2019
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Call Down The Hawk The Dreamer Trilogy Young Adult Fantasy Scholastic Press Hardcover 472

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.

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. . . .

My Thoughts:

As I stated in my Waiting For Wednesday post for Call Down The Hawk, I am a latecomer to The Raven Cycle, but goodness did I fall hard for these all. Especially Adam and Ronan and their slow-burn romance. I think I whooped out loud when they finally kissed. This was definitely one of my most anticipated releases this year and WOOO BOY! IT! DID! NOT! DISAPPOINT!

First off I highly recommend you make sure you read Opal the short novella which fits in between The Raven King and Call Down The Hawk. It really helps build the story and the tale that is told here. Grab a copy at Google Play Store.

So much of this book was just WTF! In the most delightful way! It was as if Maggie Steifvater looked at the Raven Cycle and asked: How can I make this weirder?!” From that, we got Call Down The Hawk.

Ronan is peak Ronan in this pretending that he doesn’t care about anyone at all when he cares so fiercely about literally EVERYONE! He gets so much many more people thrown at him to care and adore in this book, and we are clearly shown how much of a dirtbag he isn’t.

This book really pushes past the magical realism of the first series to become a rich contemporary fantasy with a complex system. We learn even more about dreamers and just how many there are in the world. We learn about powerful seers who can jump through time to see the end of the world. All of which will supposedly be caused by a dreamer.

We even see a softer less douchey version of Declan Lynch. We see how he cares for and fears Ronan. I actually started to like him in Call Down The Hawk, which is a miracle all of its own. Matthew Lynch oh my heart!

Overall I was really impressed with all the stories told here and Maggie’s amazing ability to tell a multilevel story that weaves and twists and turns and ensnares you as it does so. The most amazing part of this book is how it honors and tributes The Raven Cycle while blasting right past it and becoming my new favorite of the lot!

I give Call Down The Hawk 5 out of 5 Stars.

Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Steifvater was released 5th of November 2019 by Scholastic Press. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia, Unity Books, or wherever you like to purchase books.

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  • Reply littlemissstar55 December 2, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    This. Book.
    I can’t stop thinking about this book. I need the next two ASAP oh my god.

  • Reply Brooklynne Michelle December 3, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I know right?!

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