Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It was really nice to return back to these characters and this world. It felt like coming home to something warm and familiar. Even though I just recently read the Raven Cycle for the first time, it still felt nostalgic in a way.
That being said, this book was very different from the Raven Cycle, even just in Maggie’s writing style. It had a sense of familiarity about it, but the tone of her writing was really different, except maybe when writing Ronan, who never really changes (I mean that in the best way possible).
I knew going in that it was going to be the Lynch brothers’ story, but I was expecting for some of the characters from the Raven Cycle to make a bit more of a physical appearance in the book (*cough cough* Gansey). I was hoping to be able to see more of what they were all up to now and how they’re functioning now after Glendower. I hope that in the next book, they become more present figures, or at least have a physical appearance. The few phone calls and text messages I got I really enjoyed. Also the notion that Ronan’s supposed to be plantsitting for Gansey’s mint plant, which just made me laugh a bit.
Honestly, I was hoping for more Pynch.
Yes, we got a scene or two and a few crumbs, but I was hoping for a little more and for Adam to be more physically present in the novel. I loved that, though Adam wasn’t in the book for much of the story, he was still a big part of Ronan’s life and mindset. He was almost always on his mind and you could really see openly how much Ronan loves and cares about him. I love that, though we don’t have his POV, you can easily tell that Adam feels the same way about him and how that, if Ronan needed him to, he would come home in an instant. I just hope that there’s more shown of their relationship in the next book, and maybe even Adam will have a POV. But still, Maggie managed to make me melt with what we were given such as a few of my favorites:
“Tamquam alter idem“
“This was as Ronan remembered it. Adam’s ribs fit against his ribs just as they had before. His arms wrapped around Adam’s narrow frame the same way they had before. His hand still pressed against the back of Ronan’s skull the way it always did when they hugged. His voice was missing his accent, but now it sounded properly like him as he murmured into Ronan’s skin: “You smell like home.”
Ronan was still the very same Ronan we all know and love, which was really great. I love his humor and reading his inner thoughts and how, despite being so guarded, cares so deeply about Adam and manages to let his guard down around him.
I also never thought I’d say this, but I actually like Declan now. I really loved his POVs and being able to see inside of his head and what his motivations were. I actually looked forward to his POVs by the end of the book. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen with him in the next book.
I also LOVED his growing relationship with Jordan. I can’t wait to see where it’s going to go.
I loved seeing more of Matthew than we did in the Raven Cycle and I’m hoping that maybe we’ll get of POV of him in the next book, since I’d really like to know what he thinks of everything that’s come to light in this novel. He’s such a big part of the book, and I think that adding his POV would add a lot to the series.
I really liked the new characters as well, particularly Jordan; she was such an intriguing character to get to know, especially since we’d never had a POV from a character who was a dream (except Opal, if you count her novella). Seeing her struggle and form relationships and bond and want was just so human and I loved it. Her developing relationship with Declan is one of my favorite aspects of this book, if I’m being honest.
I didn’t love Farooq-Lane, but I didn’t dislike her either. I thought that her storyline was really interesting and it was nice to be able to see the other side of the story, and really understand what it is that a Visionary is through her involvement with Parsifal.
The plot was super interesting and something I wasn’t really expecting, but I really enjoyed it. Especially with the involvement of Visionaries and such. It’s such an intriguing part of this universe that hasn’t been fully explored. I can’t wait to see where she takes it in the next books.
I also know next to nothing about art, but I was really interested by its involvement in this story.
I’m really interested to see where she takes the next book and I can’t wait to read it since Maggie, Queen of Cliffhangers, left us hanging AGAIN. I can’t stop thinking about this one… I can’t wait to return to this world and to find out more!
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