The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue, daughter of the town psychic, has grown up hearing that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. So she has resolved to stay away from boys and, especially, to stay away from Raven boys – students at the exclusive Aglionby Academy. The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater, is the story of how Blue comes to break her own resolution and is drawn into the lives and adventures of some of those Raven boys she swore to avoid.
The underlying story is actually about the quest of one of the boys, Gansy, to find and wake the sleeping Welsh king, Glendower. Blue becomes involved with Gansy and his quest after seeing his spirit while on a vigil in a churchyard on St. Mark’s Eve. According to her Aunt Neeve, seeing his spirit means that either she will kill him in the next 12 months or he is her true love. Blue becomes directly involved in their lives and quest when Gansy and his friends visit her mother for a psychic reading.
As with Stiefvater’s other books, the language is beautiful and the descriptions are detailed. Fans of character-driven novels may find this book slow-going at first. While the narrative is not told entirely from Blue’s point of view, she is the most fully-developed character in the beginning of the book, and we come to know the boys more fully as she does. The reader is not drawn into caring for the characters immediately. Rather, reading this book is like slowly developing a friendship with each of them.
If you’re looking for a supernatural story of werewolves and vampires, this book is not for you. But there is plenty of magic. The powerful spirit world with which they will interact is eerily frightening. This is an intricately crafted story that slowly draws the reader in, pulling him towards a climax that is breathtaking in both its speed and violence. While you are still trying to absorb all that has happened, Stiefvater drops one more bombshell that will leave you anxiously awaiting the second book in what is planned as a four-book series. Fans of The Scorpio Races will definitely not want to miss this book! Check out the official website for a free preview.