A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{December 31, 2014}   Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

blue lilyPlot: As Gansey and his friends draw closer to the fabled tomb of Glendower, he starts to question whether he wants the quest to end. Meanwhile the search has taken on added importance for Blue, whose mother has disappeared and who is coming to better understand her powers and how they tie her to the raven boys.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle. Both The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves were amazing reads, among my favorite YA novels, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. I was not disappointed, though I wasn’t as stricken by the language as I was in the first two books.

The quest for the mythical king is quite exciting and comes to a head in this volume: they venture underground in search of three tombs (one to be opened, one not to be disturbed, and one containing a surprise) and both Blue and Ronan explore their growing powers. But their more mundane live are also undergoing change: Gansey and Blue’s feelings grow stronger despite her curse, Ronan struggles to save his mother and brother, both made of dreams, Adam faces down his abusive father and Blue faces great loss in her family. Stiefvater weaves these different stories together with such skill and brings such depth to all the characters in the process, I didn’t see the time pass as I read.

I love all the main characters, flaws and quirkiness and all but she does equal justice to the more minor characters. We learn more of the charming assassin, Mr. Gray, his cruel former employer and Gansey’s mentor Malory (and his endlessly entertaining service dog who seems to offer no service). There are also fascinating new characters including a giant of a man with a curse of his own and a crazy witch with surprising ties to Blue.

I cannot recommend this series enough. There is another book to come in the series and I cannot wait to read it.

2014 (#70)


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