February 19, 2015
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
by Maggie Stiefvater
Trying to describe a Maggie Stiefvater novel is like trying to draw the facets of a diamond in two dimensions. Here is the simple version:
The four Raven Boys and Blue Sargent are on a quest. Somewhere along the mystic ley line that runs through their town, an ancient Welsh king lies buried. Wake the king and win a favor.
It sounds pretty simple but the king isn’t the only “sleeper” buried along the line. They have been instructed to wake one and not wake the other. The third is, inexplainably, somehow in between.
Unfortunately, they aren’t the only one seeking this burial or these sleepers. There are other people looking for ways to tap into this source of mystic energy. Some are much more ruthless than others.
As always, Stiefvater has drawn a marvelous group of characters.
Blue Sargent is a local girl. She lives wiht a group of a group of strong women at 300 Fox Way. Born into a family of female psychics, Blue’s home life is unconventional in the extreme. She lives with her mother and a group of aunts, cousins and friends. The women are all psychics and one of them, working with Blue earlier in the year, has predicted the death of one of the boys. She believes she has no psychic powers, other than amplifying the powers of others, but is slowly coming to realize that she is a mirror.
Gansey is the one who is supposed to die. The golden boy of the group, he holds them all together with his wit and charm. When they win the favor, he wants to bring Noah back to life.
Noah may reside with Gansey and Ronan but he doesn’t live with them. He’s a ghost. Normally kind, something in Noah is changing and he’s not always as human as he used to be.
Adam may be a local kid, like Blue, but he stills attends the same prestigious school as the other boys. His father has been arrested for abuse and Adam has to get through the trial while coming to grips with his new abilities.
Ronan, an endless bundle of rage and furious energy, is like Blue in many ways. Like her, he’s coming to grips with his psychic abilities — he can dream things into being. He wants to use the favor to keep his younger brother alive.
As the five teens come to know each other better, their relationships within the group change as well. If you’ve yet to meet these characters,
Don’t be confused like I was. The book ended and I thought, “What the heck?” The Raven Cycle isn’t a trilogy. If it was Blue Lily, Lily Blue would tie things up nicely. As it is, it leaves you wanting more as do all of the books in this series. Series, as in more than three. I’m not sure where I got the idea it was a trilogy because it isn’t. This book is the sequel to The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. There is one more book to come.
I know I haven’t done these books justice but if you like gritty fantasy, give this series a try. You will not regret it.