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The Dream Thieves
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Maggie Stiefvater

Cover artist

Adam Doyle


Will Patton

Publication Information

Scholastic Press

Release Date

September 17, 2013




Ronan Lynch

Preceded by
The Raven Boys
Followed by
Blue Lily, Lily Blue

The Dream Thieves is the second book in The Raven Cycle series by author Maggie Stiefvater.


No one but Ronan knew the terrors that lived in his mind. Plagues and devils, conquerors and beasts.

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.


Ronan has opened up about being a dreamer, yet he and Adam are both plagued by nightmares and visions. Suspiciously, Adam’s rent lets up in time for an increase in fees at Aglionby, and he accuses of Gansey of going behind his back. Ronan dreams up a box that can translate any language. Meanwhile, Declan Lynch is attacked in his Aglionby dorm by a hitman called the Gray Man who has been hired to track down the Greywaren. At church, Declan warns Ronan about being removed from inheriting the Lynch fortune if he misbehaves. 

The group travels to Cabeswater, only to find it has disappeared, devastating Gansey. Ronan’s nightmares manifest as two night horrors, which he and Gansey kill and bury at the Barns. There, they find dozens of sleeping animals and Ronan’s mother - dream-things that fell dormant when Niall died. 

The group searches a lake for Glendower and finds an ancient Welsh shield as well as a hundred-year old Camaro wheel. The Gray Man goes on a date with Maura, Blue kisses Noah to reconcile her feelings of loss at not being able to kiss anyone, and Ronan and Matthew are attacked by another night horror. 

Gansey and Adam fly to Washington, D.C. for a function where Adam argues with Gansey over his deteriorating mental state, and flees. Adam reappears disorientated on the highway and is diagnosed with Transient Global Amnesia, but he realises his psychic episodes are actually his burgeoning connection with Cabeswater. 

Ronan races Kavinsky in the Pig and totals it. Terrified of Gansey’s reaction, Ronan enlists Kavinsky’s help, who subsequently reveals he is also a dreamer. He teaches Ronan how to steal larger objects from Cabeswater, enabling Ronan to reproduce the Pig. 

The Gray Man deduces the Greywaren is a person - Ronan, then spends the night with Maura. Adam and Blue rendezvous at 300 Fox Way where Blue stops him from kissing her, frustrating Adam. Later, Blue goes on a romantic drive with Gansey and stops just short of kissing him. 

The Gray Man reveals he was responsible for killing Niall and that his employer demands he acquire Ronan to be the object of his experiments, otherwise the Gray Man will be put at the mercy of his sociopathic brother. He says he will double-cross his employer to protect Ronan. 

Kavinsky kidnaps Matthew and stashes him at his Fourth of July party. Ronan, Gansey, and Blue race to the party in time to see Kavinsky fall asleep. Ronan deduces Kavinsky plans to create something huge, thereby draining Cabeswater to the point of collapse, and also goes to sleep. 

Meanwhile, the Gray Man confronts his brother and kills him. 

The boys meet in Cabeswater where Kavinsky says he knows Ronan, “swings that way,” before dreaming up a gigantic dragon. Ronan reconciles with his father’s spirit, helping him bring to life a night horror to fight Kavinsky’s dragon. The boys rescue Matthew and Kavinsky dies in a fireball. 

Later, Ronan amends his father’s will to allow him to return to the Barns and begins to reanimate his mother.


  • Even though Ronan is wearing a coat on the cover, the story takes place during June and July.[1]