🎧 Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater @mstiefvater #WillPatton @Scholastic #LoveAudiobooks

Posted October 31, 2022 by Robin in Book Review / 9 Comments

🎧 Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater @mstiefvater #WillPatton @Scholastic #LoveAudiobooksGreywaren by Maggie Stiefvater
Narrator: Will Patton
Series: Dreamer Trilogy #3
Published by Scholastic Audio on October 18, 2022
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 9 hours, 53 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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The war between dreams and reality intensifies... with Ronan at its center.

Greywaren is the final book in the Dreamer Trilogy a spin off series to The Raven Cycle following the Lynch boys and a few other interesting and dangerous characters in their adventures to save the living dreams in this world.  Ronan has always been a favorite of mine and seeing his story come to full fruition as he discovers the power within himself has been a journey through dreams which sometimes can be a bit confusing but always wondrous.

The apocalypse is nigh and only the Lynch brothers and a few others will be able to stop it.  Without giving too much of the story away, there are dreams walking in this world pulled out by the dreamers.  Matthew is one of those dreams and Jordan is another, when the leyline was corrupted all the dreams fell asleep and you have to have a sweetmetal (creativity infused object) to be able to wake them now.  Or at least that is what was thought, but some fell asleep and Jordan didn’t or at least hasn’t yet.  Matthew is only awake because of a sweetmetal and Ronan, well he is asleep but no one knows why.

Carmen Farooq-Lane (cool name really) and her visionary, Liliana, have found they are on the wrong side of the issue in Mr. Impossible and have jumped to the other side with a crazy all over the place Hennessy to figure out what and where to go next.  Hennessy is proving difficult to live with, which should not be surprising to the gentle reader as they have lived with her for two other books

Hennessy was loud. She seemed to feel that if a monologue was worth delivering, it was worth delivering at top volume, from atop furniture or cars or roofs, an ocean of relentless, throbbing words.

With the apocalypse still coming, even after the destruction of the power source, for it we will need all the Dreamers and dreams to work together to make sure the bringer of the apocalypse, not Ronan to everyone’s surprise, is still coming and there is more work to do.  But to do that work, some of the other Lynch brothers are going to have to help each other in some unexpected ways.  Ronan specifically is needed, his origin story is so different than I expected it to be, but then of course, it would be.

Look at that poor asshole lying on that packed dirt, look how lovingly tattooed his skin was, each mark a small confirmation that even though it felt like he hated his life and his body, deep down, he wanted to keep it, to redecorate the place to his own liking.

Greywaren is like a dream.  There is so much going on and all the pieces fit together in different ways but once I closed the book there are moments that stick out clear as day and other items that drift in and out of my recollection nebulous in the aftermath of waking up.  Overall I leave this collection of dreams on paper with satisfied feelings and new questions and hopes of more books with characters from The Raven Boys as Blue and Gansey have seemed to have adventures of their own.

I love Steifvater’s writing.  It is lyrical and wondrous in nature and it is always full of strangeness and uniqueness.  I can only name a handful of writers that have brought a story so to life that I look for the characters in my everyday world certain they are real people out there in this world and she is just telling their story. I want the world of the Dreamers to be real, in some ways as it is so full of possibilities, like all dreams.

 

 Narration:

Will Patton breathes life into this story and the characters in it.  I have loved his performance of all of the books and novellas set in the world of The Raven Cycle I can’t even begin to imagine what this series and the other would have been without his magical narration of the story.  He, by far, made the books an even better experience and while that doesn’t detract from what Stiefvater does with her writing, it just adds cumulatively to the enjoyment of the book.  If you have never tried an audiobook before I highly recommend The Raven Cycle to be your first.

Listen to a clip:  HERE

About Will Patton

William Rankin Patton (born June 14, 1954) is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He starred as Colonel Dan Weaver in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies. He also appeared in the films Remember the Titans, Armageddon, Gone in 60 Seconds and The Punisher. He appeared opposite Kevin Costner in two films: No Way Out (1987) and The Postman (1997). He won two Obie Awards for best actor in Sam Shepard’s play Fool for Love and the Public Theater production of What Did He See?.

About Maggie Stiefvater

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

Rating Breakdown
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Dialogue
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Narration (Audio)
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Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Posted October 31, 2022 by Robin in Book Review / 9 Comments


9 responses to “🎧 Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I’m so far behind on Maggie Stiefvater books! I love her stories so much! I find for some strange reason though that I put them off. And then when I do pick them up, I can’t put them down and am kicking myself for waiting. I have a feeling that will happen to me with this series as well. Great review!

    • I held off on this spin off because I loved her other books so much and I’m worried they won’t live up. The same thing with All the Crooked Saints but then you pick them up and they are so amazing you wonder why you waited so long.

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