How can I even begin to describe how marvellous and imaginative this series is? I might just fill this post with flowery adjectives and it still won’t be enough to measure the genius of Maggie Stiefvater’s words.
I would say The Raven Cycle is more along the lines of The Scorpio Races with its enthralling mythology and intrigue than The Shiver Trilogy which was overtly romantic, for me, but still nice.
And if you’re diving headfirst without knowing anything about this series, allow me to try my best in putting it into meaningful words because, heck, there’s a lot going on with these books.
Oh, and this is completely spoiler-free.
Dreams, Welsh Kings, Magic, and Wonder.
The Raven Cycle revolves around the not-so-psychic daughter of a psychic, Blue Sargent and her Raven boys: Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah. They’re all on a quest – mostly Gansey – to search for the long-dead Welsh king, Glendower. And they all get tangled up with the supernatural namely: monsters plucked out of dreams, magical forests, and spirit lines.
Oh, and Blue is fated to kiss her true love to death (spoiler alert: it’s probably not Gansey).
Besides those things, you’re in for some really interesting character dynamics and relationships. Blue and the Raven Boys have such distinct voices and personalities – one of the many reasons why this series is critically acclaimed – and they’re interactions with each other are soooo well-written.
Of course, the secondary characters are not cardboard cut-outs. We’ve got the women of 300 Fox Way mainly: Maura Sargent, Calla Johnson, and Persephone Poldma. Their dynamic is spot-on and reading about their psychic interactions/readings are always so fascinating.
Plot-wise, The Raven Cycle is unlike anything out there. It’s a heady mixture of paranormal, fantasy, mythology. There’s so much vagueness and magic going on yet it feels authentic because set in Real Life land – and I think that’s what make this series stand-out.
It’s a slow-burn kind of romance.
No, I’m not talking about the romance in this series rather I’m talking about the romance with Maggie’s writing style.
I’ve read a few reviews not only about The Raven Cycle but also with Maggie’s other works commenting on her unique and verbose way of storytelling – both positively and negatively. Now, I will say there’s a lot of pretty, pretty sentences in this series. They range from oh, that is lovely and quotable to um, what again? At one point in reading The Raven Boys, I was so ready to drop this book because I can’t get pass the pretty. But I pushed all the way through and was rewarded.
It’s a slow-burn kind of romance with Maggie’s words, you know? Don’t let it hinder you from reading one of the best books ever ever ever.
Sometimes it’s nice to get swept by the hype because you never know it might be worth it. Even low-key hype which I’m currently doing.
I love this series so much and I have no regrets spending all my money on this babies.
Highly, highly recommend. A+++