An unlikely group stumbles across ancient magic in Virginia: Blue, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, who has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. Gansey, who seeks the Welsh magic he believes saved his life. Adam, who searches for a way out of the circumstances he was born into. Ronan, who seeks to recover the magic of his childhood.Read the first chapter of The Raven Boys
The second installment in the Raven Cycle. Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…Read the The Dream Thieves Prologue
The third installment in the Raven Cycle. For the first time in Blue Sargent’s life, she has a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost. When Blue’s mother goes missing and old enemies turn up in her place, people start to get hurt.Read an excerpt from Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The final installment in the Raven Cycle. The quest for Glendower and Gansey’s life thunders to a close: enemies wake and prophecies come home to roost. As the year draws to a close, the teens find themselves in the midst of the magic they have spent the series pursuing. None of them will escape without facing their oldest fears.Read an excerpt from The Raven King
Gansey — he refuses to go by the family name “Dick” — has spent years searching for Glendower, a long-dead Welsh king. His quest brings him to Henrietta, Virginia, and to the prestigious Aglionby Academy, where he becomes a student there — a Raven Boy.
Adam, born and bred in Henrietta, attends Aglionby Academy only by virtue of scholarship money and hard work. Complicated and studious, he resents the hedonistic culture of Aglionby, even as he is Gansey’s best friend.
Dangerous as a shark and about as friendly, Ronan is one of three Lynch brothers at Aglionby Academy — but is the only one who runs with Gansey and Adam. He’s honest and fearless, even if he’s not kind, and like the rest of the Raven Boys, he keeps his own secrets close.
There are no official positions among the psychics of 300 Fox Way, Henrietta, Virginia, but if there was a leader, it would be Maura, Blue’s youthful mother. Wry and fearless, Maura demonstrates that the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree.
Short-tempered and brutally honest, Calla keeps her two best friends from doing anything too stupid. She possesses the gift of psychometry — the ability to touch an object and tell its history — but she won’t do it for just anyone.
Neither Maura nor Calla seem magical enough to be a professional psychic, but Persephone, with her soft voice and her mysterious past, more than fits the bill. She is deeply interested in both ancient magic and good pie crusts.
Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she’s not worried about true love, particularly not surrounded by the terrible Raven Boys. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble.
“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.”
The magic in the Raven Cycle began in Wales but landed in Virginia. Here are some of the real life places from the series.
Some of the magic in the Raven Cycle has never been seen before. But much of it has its roots in real legend.
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