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.