Black Is the Color of My True Love(?)’s Hair

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Raven

First Look:

So pretty.  I love the painting and that the brushstrokes are visible.  The swirling strokes hint at magic, and the lack of a visible eye adds a strangeness that is perfect for the story.

Jacket Copy:

“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.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Sequel?

Yes, it will be quartet (not a trilogy!).  The second volume, The Dream Thieves,  is out in (you guessed it!) September.

Worth Reading?

magic

Yes.  The setting, plotting, and characters are all very strong, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes (and what happens between Blue and Gansey)!

Notable Things:

Stardust

Destined Lovers…who may not be.  According to all the signs, Blue and Gansey are destined to fall in love, but they don’t actually like each other that much.

Fellowship

A diverse group of characters! They all work together to accomplish a goal, each contributing what they can.

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A magical land!  Blue and the boys haven’t yet discovered what the land is, exactly, or why they have access to it, but it’s clearly magic and very mysterious.

Elaboration:

I haven’t always loved Maggie Stiefvater’s work, but I still acknowledge that there was merit to The Scorpio Races, and indeed, I did enjoy the reading of it.  However, I think she’s really hit it bang on this time.  The book is written in a meditative voice, but it never slows to the point of boredom.  The characters are varied and well-developed, with multiple puzzles throughout the course of the book (and some which will clearly carry over to the rest of the series). I can’t wait for the next installment!

Disclosure:

Borrowed from work.

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