Blue knew three things for certain: she amplified psychic power, she was fated kiss her true love and he would die, and the Raven boys were bastards.Unlike her family members, Blue had no traditional psychic power. She could not see the future or look into someone’s past by touching them or talk to ghosts. For sixteen years she has avoided the fate her family predicted for her by following the rules and avoiding the wealthy, arrogant Raven boys, but when Blue sees a spirit named Gansey and a Raven boy by the same name shows up at her family’s home a few days later, Blue is pulled into an mystical adventure.
Gansey has spent nearly half his life looking for a mythical king. He’s followed ley lines, or lines of magical energy, all around the world and ended up in Henrietta, Virginia. When Blue learns of this during his call to her family, and when she meets Gansey’s cute friend Adam, she decides to join the raven boys in their search. Breaking the rules for the first time, Blue joins the group. She learns that not all Raven boys are as odious as she once felt, but everything else she knew solidifies itself into a fait accompli. Some bigger energy is pushing Blue into this story, and as she and the boys learn more about the dangers surrounding the sleeping king, they wonder how they should wake him, or if they should at all.
The Raven Boys has an intriguing opening, but the book suffers some from the first book syndrome. Much of the books feels more like a set up than a story. So many characters are introduced that some feel more archetype than person. The details which, when done well, humanize character felt constructed.One can only hope they will be fleshed out and realized further beyond nail polish colors, a love triangle, snooty or absent fathers, and rich-boy rebellions in the coming books. Stiefvater laid the groundwork for this, along with many other mysteries to solve, so let us hope she is able to do so successfully.
This story is slow boiling, with some nice twists leading us to a more promising end. I will be picking up the second book, hoping the story will be a bit more urgent and the characters’ more realized.