The Raven Boys: Book 1 of The Raven Cycle

Hardcover | September 18, 2012

byMaggie Stiefvater

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An all-new series from the masterful #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Legend holds that Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, sleeps beneath the hills until he's needed. The first person to find him will be granted a wish-either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.

Gansey has it all-family money, a car, time for extracurriculars and friends-but he's always loved the tales of sleeping kings. He thinks he's found one, too, or at least the area where one might be: in the town of Henrietta, Virginia. And the best way to be there is to attend the prestigious Aglionby Academy for Boys.

Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, but is too practical to believe in things like spirits or true love. Her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys...but it may be that one in particular can change her mind about magic, and maybe even love.

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An all-new series from the masterful #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!Legend holds that Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, sleeps beneath the hills until he's needed. The first person to find him will be granted a wish-either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.Gansey has it all-family money, a...

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her family. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com and on Twitter @mstiefvater.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.53 × 5.78 × 1.38 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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From The Raven BoysBlue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told that she would kill her true love.Her family traded in predictions. These predictions tended, however, to run toward the non-specific. Things like: Something terrible will happen to you today. It might involve the number six. Or: Money is coming. Open your hand for it. Or: You have a big decision and it will not make itself.The people who came to the little, bright blue house at 300 Fox Way didn't mind the imprecise nature of their fortunes. It became a game, a challenge, to realize the exact moment that the predictions came true. When a van carrying six people wheeled into a client's car two weeks after their psychic reading, he could nod with a sense of accomplishment and release. When a neighbor offered to buy another client's old chainsaw if they were looking for a bit of extra cash, she could recall the promise of money coming and sell it with the sense that the transaction had been foretold. Or when a third client heard his wife say this is a decision that has to be made, he could remember the same words being said by Maura Sargent over a spread of tarot cards and then leap decisively to action.But the imprecise nature of the fortunes kept them from feeling complete. They could be dismissed as coincidences, hunches. They were a chuckle in the Wal-mart parking lot when you ran into an old friend as promised. A shiver when the number seventeen appeared in an electric bill. A realization that even if you had discovered the future, it really didn't change how you lived the present. The predictions existed in one world, and reality in another. They were truth, but they weren't all of the truth.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Raven Boys"Stiefvater is a master storyteller." -USA Today*"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." -Publishers Weekly, starred review*"[A] story very few writers could dream up and only Stiefvater could make so palpably real. Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought...The magic is entirely pragmatic; the impossible, extraordinarily true." -Kirkus, starred review*"[T]he book is marvelous, for not only is it filled with marvels, it is also a marvel of imagination and, more prosaically, structure. Rich, too, in characterization, this fantasy/mystery rises to the level of serious literature, leaving readers hungering for more." -Booklist, starred review"In a young-adult market crowded with copycats, it's refreshing to find a book that blazes a path as unique as Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys. The first title in the "Raven Cycle" quartet is a dizzying paranormal romance tinged with murder and Welsh mythology." -Los Angeles Times"This first in a planned four-novel series draws readers into a world where time enfolds hauntingly, and magic informs reality." -The Washington Post"Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top, The Raven Boys is an intricately layered read that will probably leave you with more questions than answers. In fact, Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons." -MTV Hollywood Crush"My love for Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys is so great that I can't even write a review of it. And when I begin to think of fantasy casting options, my mind goes absolutely blank, because no actors can possibly live up to the characters I've made in my mind... Everything in this book feels so grounded and real, by the time actual magic comes into the story, it is absolutely believable. Everything." -VH1.com