“The trees speak Latin”
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.
Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.
Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?
I have absolutely no idea why I didn’t start reading this series earlier on in my life. This book was completely and utterly phenomenal.
‘The Raven Boys’ follows the unlikely friendship between a psychics daughter, Blue; and a group of boys from a prestigious private school who come t be known as the Raven Boys. From start to finish this book had me instantly gripped into a world filled with magic, prophecy and something I’d never encountered before in a book: Welsh kings.
Blue, the book’s main protagonist was quirky and unusual. She had lived her whole life knowing she was doomed to kill whomever she kissed and therefore lived a pretty lonesome life. Growing up surrounded by psychics Blue certainly was not new to everything unusual.
The Raven Boys were probably my favourite part of this book; they were all so starkly differentiating from one another and each had their own unique story tell – although Ronan did remain suspiciously secretive throughout.
Maggie’s writing was one of a writer who completely knew what they were doing; it was funny yet poetic at the same time which is something I really admired about this book. This really took away from the fact that a few times the plot did get a bit slow-paced and dry.
Otherwise, I really can’t wait to get to the rest of this series because the premise for these books just seems so unique and like something that I’ve never read about before.
(P.S. I know that the author’s name has been misspelled in the header)