THE RAVEN BOYS’ third starred review!
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THE RAVEN BOYS is on a roll! Publishers Weekly is joining the ranks of publications rating Maggie Stiefvater’s new book with a starred review, calling it “a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.”
Maggie Stiefvater continues to delight, entrance, and woo readers with her hotly-anticipated new series, The Raven Cycle, which will be kicked off when the first volume, THE RAVEN BOYS, hits the shelves next month.
Read the full review below:
“By grounding this new series in what might be called everyday weirdness—a rich teenager’s obsession with legend and glory, a shabby household of female psychics with a pay-per-minute hotline—Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races) avoids the burden of building a seamless alternate world, instead saturating our reality with magic. Haunting, distinctly individual characters are at the forefront: Blue, an outsider in her own home because she isn’t clairvoyant; Gansey and his posse of misfits, who lack any sense of home and seek meaning elsewhere; and Barrington Whelk, a Latin teacher with a secret. Gansey and his fellow ‘raven boys’ attend exclusive Aglionby Academy—itself out of place in working-class Henrietta, VA.—and Blue’s goal is to avoid them at any cost. She can’t, of course, but Stiefvater doesn’t rush this inevitability. Hopes, fears, quirks, and forebodings gather gradually, coalescing as living portraits. It’s a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.”