Book Review

Book Review: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Call Down the Hawk
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published On: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 472

Synopsis: 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 thoughts

So I finally finished Call Down the Hawk!! It took me almost a month to finish, but that was only because once I started it, I knew it would need my full attention. And I was in the middle of Nanowrimo. So I put it aside until I had the time required to really devote to it. 

I always have such a hard time reviewing Maggie’s books. I think it’s better to go into them knowing nothing. You don’t need to know anything, you just need to know you’re about to be amazed. But I’ll try to sum up my thoughts anyway.

As soon as I finished, I knew I would need a reread to really grasp everything the book contained. I didn’t truly appreciate The Raven King until I read it for the second time before I read Call Down the Hawk. There is so much to unpack, and probably so much that I skimmed over just trying to find out what will happen as quickly as possible. But here’s what I loved about the first book in the Dreamer trilogy: 

Declan. We finally get to know Declan better, and I LOVE him. It was hard to come to terms with since I pretty much hated Declan throughout The Raven Cycle. But now I know I couldn’t truly appreciate Declan. I had no idea how hard he was working to keep his family safe.

Jordan. I love this new character and I can’t wait to have more of her. She’s enigmatic and a force to be reckoned with. That’s all I’ll say about her though.

Ronan. So this is not the same Ronan from The Raven Cycle, but I think I like the changes. Everyone has to grow up. Even Ronan. 

It will be a long wait for the next book, but I’m already excited that I’ll get to reread Call Down the Hawk before it gets here.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Have you read Call Down the Hawk yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wandering!

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