You are made of dreams and this world is not for you
Title: Call Down the Hawk
Series: Dreamer Trilogy #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Length: 448 pages
Rating: 3.5/5 ★★★☆☆
From the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the mesmerizing story of those who can bring parts of their dreams into reality . . . and those who will stop at nothing to destroy them.
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…
I really enjoyed this book, it expanded the world in just the way I wanted to see: the dreamers, the actual limitations of dreaming and other dreamers in the world and the possible enemies! However the pace was weird and it took me quite a few pages to really get into it.
We get multiple POVs, which is always interesting but there was one in particular that I couldn’t bring myself to care about for most of the book and that took me out of the story and made it harder to keep reading. Aside from that the other POVs really added to the tension and the perspectives gave us a much wider world to work with, making the story and climax much more exciting.
We get to really see the Lynch brothers and their dynamics and I found myself really sympathising with Declan when, in the TRC books I couldn’t stand him. Matthew has a great development and I can’t wait to see where Stiefvater takes his arc in this trilogy.
There are so many, I promise I’ll only talk about the important ones
He has so many things going on, and he feels so alone, which is why he joined
a cult Bryde. Don’t get me wrong, he’d have helped any dreamer anyway but he was in an extremelly vulnerable possition when he was approached by this mystery guy, and he always just wants to help.
As I said before: I get him so much more, now. He had a shitty childhoos where he was taught to hide everything and repress himself so much his only self-expression in his own home is relegated to a secret attic. His mother isn’t even his real mother? I can’t with this walking tragedy and also, I love him
Sweet baby boy, I don’t know why they didn’t just tell him before, now hell become emo… and I can’t wait to see it happen
Considering she’s been sleep-deprived for about ten years… I can’t reproach her any of her decisions, even if they were bad ones. She tried to keep everything together and tried to keep her creations alive even when they were a reminder of her own trauma, because they deserved better. She’s a great character and I can’t wait to see more of her in action
Jordan is the solid proof that dreams can have their own personalities, Niall Lynch was just too unimaginative and Aurora deserved better.
She has her own personality and motivations and I just wanna see her interact with Matthew and teach him how to be his own person even if he “doesn’t have internal organs”
He’s trying so hard to be everything for everyone. I loved seeing him thrive at university but I’m so worried for his fake identity like… this is something that can never end up well! Other than that, him using his psychic powers to help his boyfriend save the world and then fucking off in a bike? hot
am I the only one getting an extremelly shady vibe from him?
Like Hennesey and Ronan maybe shouldn’t just trust everything he says and does?
Listen, I’ll be honest here, I know what Maggie intends with this character, I get it, but I still don’t like her. At all.
She needed to see Parsifal die a horrible death to realise that visionaries were actual people and to start wondering if maybe dreamers also are? Miss me with that bs
He deserved so much better. I really hated how we got an autistic-coded character and he was treated like absolute crap the whole time.
First impressions: pretty and emotionally unstable, she’ll clearly end up in a relationship with the asshole who (until the last few pages) wanted all people like her dead. And for some reason that will be a good thing
I actually loved the parts that were about Ronan and Hennesey. The dreamers are the whole reason I’m picking up this trilogy.
The Fairy Market was so interesting, even in a completely human sort of way. A secret black-market where you can get all sorts of goods and services and full of strange people that have no place in the “real” world. I’d read an entire book just about that.
We had seen a bit of the downsides of dreaming in the original trilogy, with Kavinsky and the night-terrors, but Hennesey was so intriguing. We don’t really undrestand why it’s happening until the end but the tension is still there.
The romance between Declan and Jordan was unexpected but delightful, figures that a guy who spent his life surrounded by dreamers and dreams would fall in love with another dream. I really hope they figure things out.
I actually enjoyed thefact that there was a secret government agency hunting down dreamers, because it feels like something a government would do, however I’m not too sure about the way the author went about it.
I’ve already spoken about my dislike of the way they treat Visionaries and specially Parsifal so I won’t go into anymore detail.
Carmen’s character was all over the place. She’s supposed to hate dreamers because her brother killed people (for some reason, I think) and that’s why she wants to kill everyone but then she also wants to stop the end of the world but then she actually meets a Visionary and can’t deal with them so she’s just bad at her job for a while until she decides to treat the guy with some respect and then she doesn’t anymore so he runs and then he dies tragically and suddenly the end of the world matter again. But then it doen’t because there’s a pretty girl……… I don’t even know
The supposed agency didn’t have enough people to take proper care of these Visionaries even though they coukld literally see the future and didn’t even bother to put a tracker in them?
I have so many questions about their system…
Does any part of you still look at the sky and hurt?
For you, reality is not an external condition. For you, reality is a decision.
Everyone thinks their world is the only one. (…) The farther out you get, the wider you get, the higher you get, the more you see you have misunderstood the bounds of what is possible. Of what is right and wrong. Of what you can truly do. Perspective, Ronan Lynch.
Belonging in more than one world means that you end up belonging in none of them.