Book review: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Published November 5th 2019 by Scholastic Press


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 rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You are made of dreams and this world is not for you.

I thought I wouldn’t be blown away by Maggie’s writing again. I was wrong.

The Raven Cycle that introduced us to the main characters of the Dreamer trilogy was and is one of my all-time favorite series. I am a huge fan of Maggie’s writing and when she announced a new series taking place in the same world with one of the most bright and memorable characters of the original, I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait for it. You can probably see it by my very naive initial guess what pre-review.
But oh boy how wrong I was!
But we’ll get to that in a moment. You would argue that wait, the book came out in 2019 but you just read it. Oh yes, your accusations would be on point. I postponed reading this one for so long because I was afraid. What if it will not meet my expectations? What if someone important dies? What-ifs were making me prolong my anticipation until the moment I just decided to wait for fo the rest of the trilogy to be released so I could read it at once. Well, I didn’t make it until the last book and I feel I will suffer for that.

So getting back to my feelings after finishing Call Down the Hawk: I am still melting from the way Maggie writes. I am still trembling from every mention of the old gang. Ronan and Adam are still giving me life. And I was so not prepared for the plot moves in this book.

But I also have to make a confession. Despite this book being Ronan’s, I think I actually loved Declan’s chapters more, gasp. Yes, the dick older brother who had a stick up his ass the whole 4 previous books, though we still loved the siblings’ dynamic. But here Declan actually grows as a character. We get to know why he is the way he is. And his relationship with Jordan just broke my heart (view spoiler)

I also find the whole concept of Are the dreamed copies of their Dreamers really alive and could be considered a person very fascinating. It reminded me of the whole androids/humans conflict. My personal opinion is yes, they are fully human despite being created inside a dream but I get why it is hard for people to look at them and see a person not an authorial copy of someone.

As I tried to do this review as spoiler-free as possible, I will not go into the plot details. But this book is as vibrant as it is heartbreaking. And it is very sad, in a way. After quite the happy ending of the Raven Cycle, you expect characters to go into the sunset and have their happily ever after but then you open this book and see that there’s no such thing and more trials and hurts are ahead of them. Maggie mentioned that this book was born in pain when she was going through some serious health issues in her life. And I can feel it on every page which makes this book more true and sincere.
And I am still hoping for the ray of light at the end of the journey…

5 thoughts on “Book review: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I agree with every single word you said. This book is just an abyss of sadness, it really broke my heart. I think part of me was expecting happy Adam and Ronan, so I was crushed by everything that was going on. Declan became such a great character… oh, I want to cry now thinking about this story.

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    1. Marta, sad and beautiful! I am on book 2 now and so far it is more light but somehow less enjoyable than the first one. I suppose I am a masochist when it comes to books and love suffering.

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