Books

The Raven Cycle- Mid-Series Review

Summary

“…For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.”

-The Raven Boys summary by Goodreads

“…Ronan is one of the raven boys – a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface – changing everything in its wake.”

-The Dream Thieves summary by Maggie Stiefvater

Initial Thoughts

This series easily makes it on my top ten favorite books series list. I’m actually re-reading this series from the beginning. I realized I never read the last book because it was not released when I first read the series. But, even with it being a re-read for me, the series is still engaging.

From the use of magic realism to the interesting take on common clichés The Raven Cycle is a unique series. One of the things that caught my attention about this series was the unique twist taken on common clichés. There is an interesting twist put on the cliché of forbidden lovers. And that cliché is combined with a love triangle that adds just the right level of suspense to keep the reader interested. Even as the love triangle spans across the first and second book.

Review

The Raven Cycle Book 1 & 2: 10/10

The world-building involved in these books is absolutely amazing, as it usually is in any book written by Stiefvater. The blending between the fantasy and realistic aspects is written so well. It seems like it could be completely believable and real.

Another reason I greatly enjoyed this series was the fact that it focuses on a lesser-known myth. In the book, the main characters are searching for Glendower a Welsh nationalist leader from the 1400s. It was refreshing to read something based on lesser-known history and folklore, at least lesser-known to me.

Inspiration Take Away

The inspiration to take from this is the way the arts can combine with research. You could research things for inspiration or for potential content for a book or movie. Sometimes through research interesting topics can be found to weave into a story or art piece that gives the content another layer. You could research something specific like folklore from a specific region or just fall down an internet rabbit hole of researching and see what you can find.