Book Series – Richard Gansy III is the scion of a privileged Virginia family, the prep school princeling golden boy with the impossible, magic dream. Ronan Lynch is rage and sharp edges under a thin veneer of skin, sneering at the world through the window of a muscle car. Adam Parrish is the impostor in their midst, hiding his accent and his bruises as he works three after-school jobs to pay his own tuition. And Noah Czerney is… around, usually, if you don’t think about him too hard.
They are the Raven Boys, high school students at prestigious Aglionby Academy, and local girl Blue Sergeant–a passionate activist growing up in a house full of psychic women–hates them all on principle. Until she meets them, anyway. Until she gets to know them. Until she is drawn with them into an impossibly high-stakes mythic quest that will transform them from five teenagers into an unbreakable brotherhood, wielding ancient and unimaginable powers, facing down curses and demons and kings.
I read the first book in the series, The Raven Boys, a little more than a year ago. While I did find the characterization exceptionally well done, I was ultimately neither disappointed nor inspired. But I’m so glad that I picked the series up again when the fourth and final book arrived in April (Book 2: The Dream Thieves; Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue; Book 4: The Raven King), because book two hits the ground running and doesn’t let go. By its later chapters, The Raven Cycle became a reminder for me of what really good fiction feels like: its magical ability to transform the world and make the reader genuinely believe and care about its characters and plot, its potential to be fresh and original and at the same time seem like a story you’ve always known. I devoured the last book in a day, and feel both bereft and energized now that it’s done.
TL;DR: If you like fantasy fiction even a little, read these books. And if you like audiobooks even a little, try them that way, because we offer the whole series through both Overdrive and Hoopla, and narrator Will Patton knocks it out of the park.