Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

by Hope Hanson
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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.

–from the back cover of Call Down the Hawk
Rating: 5/5

It’s been some time since the release of Call Down the Hawk and when I first read it. But seeing as The Raven Cycle is near the top of my list of all-time-favorites (…and since writing a review has given me the excuse to reread CDTH again), I couldn’t not give my opinion on this book.


Going from there, because I love The Raven Cycle so much and because I waited for this follow up for so long, I had high expectations. And, lo and behold, I was very far from disappointed. The plot was, as expected, top-notch, with the right mix of action and humor and emotion; Stiefvater’s unique storytelling was as captivating as ever. Her writing style is truly out of this world, and I will never grow tired of it.

Most importantly, though? The characters were to die for.

It’s the one thing I was worried about prior to reading this book; after all, it’s the one place where I always seem to find sequel books and series to be lacking. Admittedly, that’s likely a mix of authors writing new characters that genuinely don’t live up to the originals and my own too-harsh comparisons between the two (the latter probably having a lot more to do with it in certain cases). Regardless, I had my worries going into reading CDTH.

But Stiefvater, as always, proved herself to be superior. She delivered a cast of characters that beautifully combined those well-known and loved from previous books with brand new faces. Even better, though, were the virtually unexplored characters from past books who were finally brought into the light. (Without giving anything away, the last was my personal favorite!) Still, the new characters introduced in this book were just as complex and intriguing as the familiar faces.

TL,DR Recommendation

All in all, Call Down the Hawk was a worthy sequel that fully lived up to my expectations and then some. Like its predecessors, it expertly wove together a number of different storylines and characters, and the end result was a veritable masterpiece.

Find and get a copy through Goodreads here!

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