I’ve been having a hard time putting words to my thoughts of The Raven Boys. I’ll do my best to review the book, and not just write a love letter to Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. The Raven Boys is so different from her other books, yet very Maggie. The writing is beautiful, but it’s not written in the lyrical prose like I was expecting, and the story is written in third-person from four perspectives. I’m a huge – HUGE – fan of Maggie’s writing. I love her lyrical prose, her descriptions, and most of all, her fantastic characters, which usually tell the story in the first-person. So I have to admit these differences concerned me in the beginning, but I decided to trust Maggie’s writing, sit back, and enjoy the ride… and I did!
I never rush through Maggie’s books; they’re my save for a rainy day, curl up with a blanket and savor books. So I took my time with The Raven Boys. Though it didn’t immediately grip me, I was intrigued by the story, which is dark and magical, and slowly builds as you learn about the characters, their intentions, and the magic. As usual, I was amazed by how Maggie observed and perfectly described the settings and presented her characters.
The characters are deeply layered and complex. I instantly liked Blue and her family of clairvoyants. I loved Gansey, and getting to know the different sides of him. I loved the friendship between Gansey and Adam, Ronan, and Noah… and how he brings these drastically different people together. By the end of the book, I too had become fascinated by ley lines, and wanted to meet up with them all at Nino’s (their local pizza joint) to discuss them, Henrietta and the quest for Glendower, siblings, life, whatever.
I’m so excited for this new series! The last line of The Raven Boys has me dying for the next book. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the gang! Check out the trailer, created by Maggie herself, below and be sure to add this to your TBR list for fall.