3,5 stars (3 for 85 % and 5 stars for the remaining 15%)
First, I want to say that I love the Raven Boys series and that Call Down the Hawk was pre-ordered the moment I heard of its publishing date.
I even ordered the special Owlcrate edition and the UK cover.
To say the expectations were high is a euphemism.
Sadly, it took me 85 % to finally:
– get to care for the new characters;
-understand this new plot scheme and rules;
-stop missing the Ladies at 300 Fox Way, Gansey, Blue and even Adam (he only has two short cameos);
-stop mourning the absence of humor, banter and sarcasm.
Harsh? Probably but that was my personal reading experience.
What I did love and that will get me to read the other books in this series was the last 15 to 20 %!
Let’s detail some more here.
The plot centers around the Lynch brothers. Ronan is still fearless but he also seemed subdued somehow. I guess being older, he matured and is more reasonable than before.
We see him as a young man, living at the Barnes. He does no longer has to struggle to go to school so it probably helps with his temper.
But that Ronan is a little sad and lonely.
His “gift” as a dreamer will prevent him from living closer to Adam, who is attending Harvard. He tried but failed spectacularly to pretend being normal and able to share Adam’s life when said life was in a dorm, surrounded by other students.
This makes for alone time and I was sad for Ronan.
We will also follow Declan in this story and I have to say that it was one of the perks as we got to see behind Declan’s façade. Why Declan chose to appear bland and boring. What Declan knew and did with his father. And we also learn a big secret about his past that had me nearly falling from my chair! We only got a whiff, an appetizer and now I want more! How? Why? When????
And that interesting part has to be continued in the sequel.
Mathew will also have to grow in this story. No shocking reveal for us but he will be altered by what he’ll learn.
Then there are the other characters.
No Gansey, Blue, Maura, Mr Grey and co.
Hennessy, Jordan, Carmen Farooq-Lane, Liliana, Parsifal, the mysterious Bryde ….
I think we got too many new characters at once. Short chapters and changing POV made it difficult for me to really care and understand these newcomers, their purpose, their tragedies, their dark side and their hopes.
What began to work was when they all began to cross paths, when the Lynch brothers began to bond with some of the new characters.
Why did “these” persons want to eliminate dreamers was simple and yet I personally found a little far-fetched. King of taking a canon to kill a fly if you want.
What I loved in The Raven Boys was also the banter, the sarcasm and the humor. I found so few of this here! And that was one of the main assets of the previous series.
I could not honestly give more than 3,5 stars for a book that I put down many times because I just did not care for a long time.
Will I read the sequel?
Without a doubt because now I got my bearings and some things, big reveals and all have yet to be explained!
Have you read it? Or do you plan to? Did you like it (I hope so !).
Thanks for reading!