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.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Maggie Stiefvater is not a writer. She is a magical creature who spins stories and creates worlds so real that readers can taste, touch, and breathe them in.
This is the first book in the new Raven Cycle series, is a wonderfully strange tale that takes just a little time to sink into before running off with the heart and imagination of every reader fortunate enough to open it’s pages.
There are no faeries, werewolves, or murderous water horses in this book, but it feels every inch as captivating , thrilling, and just plain ‘Maggie’ as her previous books. What it does have is ghosts, psychics, and heaps of magic. Blue, the lone non-psychic in her female only family; Gansey, the obscenely wealthy and privileged boy obsessed with unearthing a mystical legendary Welsh king; and Adam, the quiet but strong boy who works three times as hard as his affluent friends are the main characters. There are other important characters, but these are the three who tell this story.
This was the first of her books that I didn’t read in one sitting. It took several chapters before the characters grabbed hold of me in the way I’ve come to expect from this author. There are numerous characters introduced right away and the ‘Raven Boys’ don’t officially meet Blue until chapter 6, so I was a little unsure of where the story was going up until then. But after about the first fifty pages, storylines began overlapping and Maggie’s unparalleled gift for creating flesh and blood characters sucked me in.
The bad news is that there is a cliffhanger–several actually–and the worse news is that the next book in the Raven Cycle won’t be published until 2013. It’s torturous to have to wait any amount of time for new Maggie Stiefvater books, but it feels doubly so because Blue, Gansley, and Adam are such rich and wonderfully flawed characters that it’s easy to imagine their lives going on without us. I can only hope that Maggie can keep up with them!