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Declan Lynch’s (Rant) Review of Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Hey Everyone, Victoria here. Today’s post is going to be “guest-written” by Declan Lynch. If you have read The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, you’ll know that he is a minor character, being the older brother of one of the main characters Ronan. In this series, he’s a pretty flat, unlikeable and unmemorable character. The only scene I really remember with him was one where he and Ronan are throwing punches at each other. I was definitely surprised when I came out of Call Down The Hawk which centers on the Lynch brothers – with him being a new favourite. 

My rating for Call Down The Hawk:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Please note that as there will be comments on the events of the book, this post will contain spoilers for Call Down The Hawk. In the case that you are unfamiliar with the book I have decided to include the synopsis for it here: 

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. . . . 

Call Down The Hawk art by (Used with permission)

Okay now that you’re all caught up, I will be handing it over to the one and only totally original Declan Lynch to discuss his thoughts on Call Down The Hawk

So the book starts with, “This is going to be a story about the Lynch brothers…” Right, well it wouldn’t be if we hadn’t gotten into this mess in the first place. Maybe we could have avoided it if Ronan had listened to me and stuck to the daily routines that I’ve been making him write instead of snooping around and risking dream disaster, but here we are. I have spent an entire series trying to be my dull self in order to keep us safe, but I bring Ronan to one Fairy Market and everything goes to hell. I love my brothers, but when one of them (Ronan) is a loudmouth dreamer and the other is a distracted dream (Matthew) who doesn’t know he’s a dream, I have to be the boring one – or at least I tried to be. I even was a political science major for Christ’s sake. I lost my boring internship because Ronan can’t be the responsible one when Matthew has wandered off. Poor Matthew… well that whole “you’re a dream” reveal didn’t really go to plan. Not that I ever had a plan for it. How do you tell your 17-year-old brother that the reason he keeps “daydreaming” is because he was literally dreamt up by your other brother? I think I really freaked him out with the no internal organs thing. 

Okay okay, I confess I am not completely innocent in this whole story, and to give him some credit, Ronan does end up dreaming up some terrifying creatures to save our guts. I broke twice calling to find out more about our parents and revealing that I’m really the fake Lynch brother. (You hear that Matthew?) Plus I took Ronan – who is the spitting image of dad – to the market in the first place. What was I thinking? 

Then there’s Jordan. Jordan Hennessy. The cute artist who turns out to be a dreamer copy and a talented forger. Why does everyone I know end up being a dreamer or a dream? Still she’s unlike any Ashley I’ve ever dated. (Yes there’s been three). She knows more about me than anyone else does. She knows a lot about art, including all the names of the artists of the sculptures hidden in the attic above my hotel-esque apartment. She may be a dream copy but I think she lives her own life – more than I have anyway. Even though she is a master forger and snuck the painting right from under my nose, I trust her. I wish it wasn’t so hard to love dreams. I mean it’s easy but it sure comes back to hurt you. I’ve lived my life like this, a human surrounded by the dream world and yet not a part of it, but not unaffected by it either.

My defences are coming down and at this point, I don’t know if there is much more danger I need to be hidden from. Jordan and I already faced off several dream killers trying to kill her family and subsequently mine. I actually punched one of the dream killers. That is more of a superhero than a boring Declan move I’d say. Wait okay who am I kidding about no more danger? There are 2 more books in the series… 

– Declan Lynch

BA Political Science

The Lynch Brothers art by


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