It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
Book Review: 1/2
This one was a commitment. Only in the regard that I found myself paying attention to the story so much, focusing on every little detail. Did this deter me from loving this novel? No. Not at all. If anything it actually made me like it more, as I tried to unravel the mystery faster then the characters could.
The Raven Boys focuses on a small group of teenagers. Blue is from a family of psychics and has the unique ability to amplify psychic energy. From a very young age her mother always told her that if she kissed her true love then he would die. This wasn’t such a big deal when she was little, but now she’s met a boy. Well several to be exact.
Every year on St. Marks Eve Blue and her mother would watch the dead. They’d take names of who was going to die the following year. But this year Blue sees a boy.
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
The boy ends up being one of the Raven boys, so named for their attendance at a prestige private school Aglionby. Gansey, the leader of the boys, is intrigued by the lay lines that run through the town. Gansey is in the search for Glendower, an important figure in Welsh history. It is said that no one really knows what happened to him, but Gansey believes he is buried somewhere along the lay line. And that if he finds him, he’ll grant him one favour.
This isn’t a romance story, although romance does come into it. I feel as though the synopsis is sort of misleading in this respect, making it seem more about Blue then the boys. In all honesty, it’s more about the raven boys and their relationship with each other.
Each boy is incredibly interesting, and the way they interact with each other and how their histories overlap is really interesting. Blue’s family was intriguing as well. Stiefvater really paints a clear picture in your mind of who these characters are and what their motivations and fears as that affects their actions.
I don’t want to give too much away because it is better to go into this one without a clue of what is going on. The mystery is brilliant, the characters are phenomenal, and it was just such a good novel.
I wish I had picked this one up sooner.