Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater

Mister Impossible

Information

Goodreads: Mister Impossible
Series: Dreamer Trilogy #2
Source: Library
Published: 2021

Official Summary

The stakes have never been higher as it seems like either the end of the world or the end of dreamers approaches.

Do the dreamers need the ley lines to save the world . . . or will their actions end up dooming the world? As Ronan, Hennessy, and Bryde try to make dreamers more powerful, the Moderators are closing in, sure that this power will bring about disaster. In the remarkable second book of The Dreamer Trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater pushes her characters to their limits – and shows what happens to them and others when they start to break.

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Review

Mister Impossible brings back all the drama, intrigue, and suspense of Call Down the Hawk. Ronan and Hennessey are now on the run, attempting to stop the Moderators before they can kill any more dreamers. Jordan is haunting the black market, trying to find an artifact rumored to keep dreams awake. And Declan and Matthew are dealing with the fallout from the revelation that Matthew himself is a dream. The story takes plenty of unexpected twists and turns as it travels towards its thrilling conclusion.

What was perhaps most notable about the Raven Cycle and even Call Down the Hawk is that the previous books do not really have a defined plotline. Gansey and his friends kind of meander around pleasantly in the Raven Cycle, before finally stumbling upon the object of their quest. Ronan, Declan, Jordan, and Hennessey kind of stumble around helplessly in Call Down the Hawk, until they finally realize that a secret group called the Moderators has been systematically killing dreamers the whole time. In Mister Impossible, however, the characters start to have clear agendas: save the dreamers, wake the dreamt, destroy the Lace. What makes the story fascinating is how their goals shift and overlap as they gain more information about the effects their actions could have.

A fast-paced plot with plenty of action is not all the book has to offer, however. Stiefvater does a wonderful job of making her characters come alive, and it is a real treat to see, in particular, how Declan and Matthew reveal themselves in this novel. In the Raven Cycle, we see the two other brothers primarily through Ronan’s eyes, and his portraits are evidently both unflattering and not entirely accurate. I came to love Declan’s and Matthew’s chapters perhaps more than the rest. Sometimes Ronan, Jordan, and Hennessey can read more like aesthetics than characters, but Declan and Matthew feel like people I want to know more intimately.

Finally, it is notable that Stiefvator tones down her overwrought prose in this book. She is known for her beautiful writing, but, at times, it can get a bit out of hand with all the repetitions and convoluted metaphors. Here, the writing is relatively crisp and clear. The wonderful sense of irony is still present, but without the unnecessary frills. This made the reading experience far more enjoyable than Call Down the Hawk.

Mister Impossible is a worthy addition to the Dreamer trilogy, a whirlwind ride of action, adventure, and mystery. Fans of Stiefvater’s work may miss some of the characters that they have come to love in previous volumes, but this story gives them new ones to enjoy. And the cliffhanger will certainly have readers clamoring for book three, that they may know that everyone lives happily ever after. We hope.

5 stars

7 thoughts on “Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater

    • Krysta says:

      I haven’t read anything by Stiefvater that isn’t set in the Dreamer world, so I can’t speak to those, but I really enjoyed the Raven Cycle and now this trilogy!

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  1. scorpiobookdreams says:

    I’ve got this on my TBR but not sure whether to reread Call Down the Hawk first. Your review has me super excited though!

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