The Raven Cycle
October 21, 2014
The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
In a starred review, THE BULLETIN called THE DREAM THIEVES, the previous book in The Raven Cycle, "a complex web of magical intrigue and heart-stopping action." Now, with BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE, the web becomes even more complex, snaring readers at every turn.
"This book is insane!" By Ashia 2 years ago
There's a weird kind of logic to the story, and Ms. Stiefvater's poetic, almost lyrical quality of writing draws you in and wraps around you and make you BELIEVE.
Adam Parrish has been growing and changing throughout the series, and I think it is here where he finally sees things for what they are. Perhaps he's been enlightened by what he is becoming, or perhaps he just sees things more clearly now:
"Now he could see it wasn't charity Gansey was offering. It was just truth.
And something else: friendship of the unshakeable kind. Friendship you could swear on. That could be busted nearly to breaking and come back stronger than before."
And slowly, though we know from the start that Gansey is the leader of the raven boys, slowly, throughout the three books, we are also seeing Gansey as to what he means to the boys--the one who unifies them, the one who keeps them in check, the one who grounds them. Though Ronan is the dreamer and Adam the magician, they're nothing without Gansey. And we also see how the others describe him, like how when he uses this particular voice, everyone obeys, even the bones. How he's the "king" in their campus, and he's referred to as king by different people throughout the book. Then, there's that first scene in the book when they went into the cave, when Gansey fell into a pit, then a flock of ravens fly out, cawing, "The Raven King, make way for the Raven King." Then Gansey came out. If these are foreshadows, dare I guess that he is the Raven King (book #4)?
I have to commend the author for creating these unusual characters, villains who act in unexpected ways, where they are not black and white but shades of gray. Then there's the woman they found in the cave, who appears to be loony with what she's saying and how she says it (singing). I don't know how the author comes up with these characters but they sure add flavor to the story and made the story evolve in unexpected directions.
I may be late to the series, but like the others, I can't wait for the next book! With all that's been happening in the first three books, the last book is sure to be cataclysmic and a thrilling conclusion to the series. I would be disappointed otherwise.