The Compulsive Reader: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue grew up surrounded by clairvoyants who have been telling her for ages that she will kill her true love. This has never overly concerned Blue—she hardly even dates—until she meets the Raven Boys: Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah. Gansey is the leader of this eclectic band, and he is in search of a lost Welsh king for reasons that aren't exactly transparent. When Blue and Gansey are connected by forces and reasons that they don't understand, Blue joins the boys in their search, and together they begin to uncover secrets about the lost king, and themselves.

Maggie Stiefvater's first book in a new series is brimming with magic and the unknown. None of the many, vibrant characters are what they seem, and every one of them is wrapped up in secrets, whether they realize it or not. Gansey is a particularly appealing character—despite being charged with carelessness when it comes to his wealth and his occasional presumptuousness, he genuinely cares for his friends and does his absolute best to help them. He is the sort of person that people give their loyalty to, without being asked. Though readers catch a glimpse of his past in this book, he remains a bit of an enigma. The other characters are just as intriguing and unexpected; Stiefvater does a lovely job at revealing her characters bit by bit as they discover the ley line and learn more about the history and magic of the land. There are plenty of twists throughout and the danger, both the magical sort and the real life sort, is very close and real. Stiefvater writes with such precision and beauty, and the book's strange conclusion will leave readers with the feeling that they've only scratched the surface of this vivid, smart, and magical tale.

Cover Comments: I love the raven, the font, the colors--it looks magical, in the dark and mysterious sort of way. This is an excellent cover!

The Raven Boys will be available September 18th, 2012!

ARC provided by publisher.


Liviania said...

I love this book so much. I can't wait to force my friends to read it and talk about it.

Krystianna said...

This one sounds so good! I can't wait to finally read it. I love Maggie Stiefvater's novels and I can't wait to read more by her!

Kat said...

Awesome review-- I can't wait to read this one, since I absolutely love the Wolves of Mercy Falls and Stiefvater's other books. And I agree, the cover is really stunning.

Mandy said...

I've only read The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie, but I have all of her books on my TBR list. She's a fantastic writer.

I can't wait to read this. I'm so jealous of all of you that have. =P

It sounds absolutely amazing, as all of her books do. Can't wait to read it. Great review!