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Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

This is the first book in The Raven King series, the last of which has recently been published in paperback.


All over the world are mysterious paths, known as ley lines, here in the UK they run through places sacred to the ancient Britons, like Glastonbury Tor and Stonehenge.

Gansey has been following clues that he hopes will bring him to the final resting place of an ancient Welsh king Owen Glendower, buried somewhere along one of these ley lines in the hills of Virginia.

His friends Adam, Ronan and Noah may unknowingly hold keys to the puzzle of The Raven King, and local girl, the only non-psychic in her family, Blue, might also be able to help him. If she can stand being around these privileged raven boys for that long.

The whole series is rather compelling and sucked me in. Like the best writing, the plot twists and turns, the characters are really well drawn and the story is rich and enticing.

Don’t let the fact that it’s intended for Young Adult readers put you off, YA lit is hugely popular with so-called “grown ups”, good writing doesn’t have an age limit. This particular series also doesn’t feel gendered, so anyone could enjoy it, the way stories should be.

Have you read The Raven Boys and it’s sequels? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.