Blue Sargent is the child of a psychic, but not pyschic herself. In her little American home town of Henrietta Blue's mother Maura and extended family of aunts trade in predictions, keeping Blue close because she amplifies their powers. As she sits in a churchyard sited on the corpse road scribing the names of those who will die in the coming year for her mother's friend Neeve as they pass through the gates she reflects on the predictions made about her - that the boy she kisses will die - and for the first time she sees one of the soon-to-be dead.
Nearby at the exclusive Ivy League residential school Aglionby Gansey is searching. There are four so-called Raven boys: Gansey, his roomates Ronan and Noah and local half-scholarship boy Adam. Gansey is possessed by his search for Owen Glendower (Owain Glyn Dwr), a mythical Welsh king who he believes to be buried on the ley line that runs beneath Henrietta. The legend tells that the one who finds Glendower and raises him from his enchanted sleep will be greatly rewarded. But he is not the only one searching, and there is one prepared to do anything to find the sleeping king.
Privilege meets poverty, ordinary teenage concerns meet with magic and the spirit world, and past and present loop together in this well told fast paced story. The characters are well developed but although well written and gripping I did feel, however, that The Raven Boys petered out at the end and although I wanted to read the next one it didn't have a strong ending.
One person found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?