“And the last thing to hit him, right in the gut, was the emotional impact, a mysterious, raw ache that wouldn’t go away. Gansey felt like he couldn’t survive not knowing if the lines meant something. That was the only part of his hunt for Glendower that he could never seem to explain to people.”
This book has everything I enjoy, is put together well, and I really like the writing style. Can’t ask for more than that! The Raven Boys has an intriguing plot, complex characters, witty banter, and my most favourite – it incorporates magic and wonder into it in a way that makes you feel like anything is possible. I hadn’t read anything like this before. I’ve yet to again.
I am not the only one that struggles to describe what The Raven Boys is about but I will try. It begins with Blue Sargent, a girl brought up around psychics but does not have “the sight” herself. She instead acts as a kind of amplifier, making her families predictions and readings more clear and louder when she is around. Every St Marks Eve (April 24th) she travels to an old abandoned church with her mother and they make a record of all the sprits her mother’s sees and asks them their names. These are the spirits of people that will die within the year. On this particular St Marks Eve, Blue sees the spirit of a boy named Gansey. However, there is only one reason a non seer would see a spirit… If he was her true love, or if she killed him. This is a particular issue for Blue, as the one thing psychics have always predicted about her is that if she kisses her true love, he’ll die. PROBLEM.
DON’T ROLL YOUR EYES, this is not going to be that story. The reader is then thrown into Ganseys world, following ley lines in his quest to find a dead Welsh King, and we meet his three friends; Ronan, Adam, and Noah. All of the boys are beautifully written and complex and you get to see them through each others eyes as it is written in the third person. Maggie is a very clever, talented writer. All I will say is FORESHADOWING!
The book soon becomes less about Blue and more about her and her boys and their adventure together as a unit. The reader is shown that each boy has his own issues to deal with, and you can see Adam is going on a personal journey, and that Ronan has his own secrets. What I love about The Raven Boys is whilst it is the first novel in a series of 4, its not just a set up for a series, it has its own story, and its own events which lead to a dramatic ending.
It is one of those series that deserves to be read at least twice. It needs to be. Reading it properly a second time was just as fun but in different ways, and I wanted to get a highlighter out and just hight light EVERYTHING because some of quotes are so delicious. It captures longing, wanting, and yearning. So much angst. But with magic.