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Call Down the Hawk: The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Thrilling, heartbreaking start to Raven Cycle spin-off.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Appropriate for teens

A fair amount of swearing, as well as some kissing and some brief implied sexual content. There's also violence, especially as the book draws to a close, but it's far from gratuitous. Overall, the book deals with themes like friendship, family, honesty, identity, and the transition to adulthood.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models
age 15+

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Author Maggie Stiefvater lovingly continues the story of angry and vulnerable Dreamer Ronan Lynch and his equally layered brothers in this thrilling and heartbreaking companion series start. Stiefavter excels at writing complex characters who start off seeming one way but are actually much more multidimensional than they initially look. There are five main points of view in this new series: that of Ronan, his brother Declan, newcomers Hennessy and Jordan, as well as young Moderator Carmen. Since Carmen is in a secret squad with a mission to kill Dreamers, her perspective is the least empathetic, but as the story continues, it's clear she's not as rigid as she was in the beginning. Declan's story arc is particularly compelling, because we had seen him only as Ronan's smarmy older brother who uses fitting in and lying as a disguise to keep his family's secrets safe. Jordan is fascinating because she's an expert art forger, which becomes quite symbolic once you find out about her past.

Hennessy is a fascinating counterpart and new friend to Ronan. They bond in a way he never could have with Kavinsky in The Dream Thieves. Those who paid close attention in the earlier books will be rewarded with references and mirror scenes, but it's not completely necessary to have read the Raven Cycle to enjoy this new trilogy. What is completely necessary is to be Team "Pynch" (Adam Parrish and Ronan Lynch). Since Adam's away at college, they're not physically together for most of the book, but Adam always looms large in Ronan's thoughts. There was so much panic in Stiefaver's fandom that the author literally had to promise that while she enjoys making readers cry, she's not going to devastate us (i.e. break up her fans' One True Pairing). There are a lot of twists and turns in Call Down the Hawk, but as both Declan and Jordan say, it's mostly "art and violence" and dreams and desire.

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