The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Five out of five paws.
Maggie Stiefvater never disappoints which is really rare for a multiple series author. Her books are the reason I tell people of all ages that they should still be reading Young Adult.
Stiefvater’s books have always been wildly imaginative, and if she based her mythology on any real-world stories, I had never heard of them (although I suspect Glendower was an actual historic figure). The series feels entirely original. Just when the reader thinks she has run into a cliche and is getting ready to roll her eyes, Stiefvater turns the cliche on its head. Every character is smart in their own way; every character is fascinating and rounded. The cliches are twisted and so is the action, with a surprise around every corner. And if that wasn’t enough, Stiefvater’s writing style is a treat. I remember picking up “Shiver” years ago, reading the first paragraph and being hooked by the beautiful way she used words.
I loved “The Dream Thieves” and am already reading the next book in the cycle.