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The First Two Chapters of The Raven Boys!

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Man, I’m revoltingly excited to let you guys know that Entertainment Weekly is giving an exclusive peek at The Raven Boys — they have the first two chapters up for you to read here.

I hope you like them. *ulcer*

I always think this moment will be less ulcertastic with each novel, but, no. No, that first moment of the book getting out there is always like that moment when the roller coaster first starts to plunge . . .

  • Rose E. Lacey

    Exiting much! I can’t wait for it to be released!

  • Oh this is so exciting!!! Now I’m even more excited about The Raven Boys… that’s the only problem with previews, they leave me wanting so much more!!

    • I know, it’s exciting for me . . . . but as a reader, I think I’d be rather frustrated!

      • Yes, maybe a little frustrating… but as Sunday was my birthday, it was like an early present!!! And as far as presents go, even just a preview of one of your books is a pretty damn good present!

  • Incredible!!!
    I am already in love with this book!
    Can’t wait to read it!!

  • Wow….I think I am actually at a loss for words because I have so many things that I want to say at once! I know one thing for sure though: I will now be buying the book the very instant that it hits shelves! I have to know what happens next!

    • That’s a lovely response and one I hope several people had. I hope that you enjoy the rest of the book just as much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Loved it. Really looking forward to reading the rest of it now.

  • “Imperative question marks.” When I read that a skinny stick figure girl with spiky hair and confused eyebrows popped up in my brain, wanting to know why nobody ever used the mandative form.

    I love this phrase so, so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Now I remember why I never read previews of books. They makes me too darn excited and I’m left waiting. I’m terribly impatient but I loved the beginning chapters and I’m eager to read the rest. Bah! I’ve just remembered that it’s part of a series. Oh, goodness, I better prepare myself for all the waiting. Oh, the agony!

    • Anonymous

      I know right? The waiting is the worse part. Then after you read the book within 2 days of constant trance, you have to wait for the rest. but that just builds the suspense

    • I do feel a little bad sharing a preview. I’m not a patient person, either,

  • Maggie .G

    I can’t wait to read it now! I also love the name Blue! My sister had a friend with the first name was Blue Crystal but everyone just called her Blue and I remember thinking what a great name it was.

    • Maggie .G

      There is a random was in that sentence that is now going to drive me nuts! Oh the woes of late night commenting.

    • I thought it was a great name (and I’d used it in a draft of this book from ten years ago) and then, right after I finished the novel, Beyonce named her baby Blue. GAH!

  • Nathan

    Wow, those are two amazing chapters! I think I’m going to really like Blue. Now I just have to wait for 5 1/2 more months to read the rest of the book. You’re an amazing author, Maggie. Never stop writing!

  • Pre-ordered a month or so ago…
    Today, received confirmation that this was a -really- good idea.


    PS. I too am tickled by imperative question marks. And parking lots full of cars that speak German. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I am revoltingly pleased over your faith in me. I really hope you love the rest of it.

  • I’d like to ask you if you wrote the blurb for the series that’s been floating around. I don’t want to ask you, though, because I think the blurb doesn’t do it justice at all. For instance, the Raven boys nickname sounded kind of arbitrary until I read that.
    I realise it’s probably unreasonable to expect people to read two chapters as an introduction to the book, but these served much better than the blurb. I get it now.

    It’s a lovely, cold, witchy beginning.

    • I didn’t write the blurb, actually (most authors don’t — usually it is editors or marketing folks). Some books are harder to summarize than others . . . I personally don’t envy the folks who had to try to summarize Raven Boys. It’s pretty complicated!

      And I’m glad you liked the beginning. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • book lover

    awesome !! can’t wait to read it.

  • book lover

    I just was wondering when does this book come out? because if it doesn’t come out in the near future I will become crazier,and nobody wants that to happen. Also when will find out more about the guy??

    • HA HA HA like I will give you clues about plot! Nice try. >:D Also, it comes out September 18th of this year.

  • Emily

    That teaser is killing me to find out what happens, i cant wait!

    • Exactly what it is supposed to do! I hope you don’t perish of suspense before September.

  • These were great! I’m so, so excited! Pre-ordered on amazon already! Can’t wait for September.

    • Thank you for the vote of confidence! I hope you enjoy the rest of the book.

  • Jaime

    I love that Blue is a knitter. I’m extremely biased, being a knitter myself, but what a great detail! Off to pre-order now. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Hahaha — I love that that had an effect on you. I actually seem to know a lot of recreational knitters of all ages.

  • Beckie

    Maggie killer beginning and ending sentences! I’ve been trying to wrap my head around writing those and you’ve nailed them both brilliantly! I love the way you add a poetic level of description to your writing without overdoing it. It’s beautiful but clever and a-matter-of-fact. I told myself to not indulge and read the first two chapters, knowing full well that I would be haunted and want more. But I listen to myself about as well as my kids do…
    It looks like you’ve written another favorite for my shelf!
    September will be a good month!

    • What a great comment! Thank you so much! Does it make you feel better if I tell you that I agonize over beginning and ending sentences more than any other?

  • Marilyn

    AMAZING! So excited for THE RAVEN BOYS to be released!

    Sounds amazing!!!!

  • Mia

    Oh golly gee that was amazing! I’m shaking cause I’m so excited now. I am going to be counting the days man, Im going to be counting the days. Once again you wow me with your lyrical words. I bow to your genius. *bows*

  • Tammy

    Totes excited for this – the two chapters was definitely not enough and my mind is already trying to figure out what in the world is going to happen.

    Line I can’t get out of my head ALREADY – seriously Maggie, this is only the first two chapters… “As Blue watched, he paused and put his fingers to the side of his nose and his temple. It was such a strangely living gesture that Blue felt a little sick” UGH – I don’t know him yet but I already like Gansey…. Going to be pre-ordering my copy this week!

  • This already has a different feel from your other books… probably the change from 1st to 3rd person? Not sure. It feels very atmospheric and… whatever, can I just say that I love-love-loved it and that the end of the first chapter totally made me smile and that I think the name Gansey is so super adorable???

  • Paul

    Awesome! cant wait till its released it’s going to be really really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Maggie Stiefvater
Hi, I'm Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night. I live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dogs. I’m the author of the Books of Faerie (LAMENT and BALLAD); the bestselling SHIVER trilogy (SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER), and THE SCORPIO RACES.

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