Blue and her Raven boys all love each other, and they love finding themselves in dangerous, magical situations. In this third installment in the Raven Cycle, that certainly doesn’t change.
We’ve reached the penultimate book of the series, and unsurprisingly, the stakes have upped, everyone is closer to finding Glendower, and we’re nearly to the point where Richard Gansey III is supposed to die, as per the first chapter of the first book – yet we’re no closer to accepting that, or accepting the fact that we’re about to say goodbye to these characters.
Blue’s mother has disappeared after she left for a personal quest at the end of the second book, and Blue is dealing with all the changes that entails, along with the increased danger concerning the Glendower quest. Gansey is just as obsessed as usual, if not even more; Ronan is just as unhinged and violent as always, but some chips in his armor seem to be showing (namely, for his brother, family home, and Adam); and Adam is trying to work with the ley line without losing himself. Noah is still there, but he’s not always, thanks to the unreliableness of being a ghost who obviously isn’t alive anymore. There’s also the Grey Man, an assassin we met the last book; his former boss, who is both scary and amusing, but not nearly as much as his girlfriend; and the two psychics left behind without their third, Blue’s mother.
Relationships are also shifting, including one of my favorites – the quasi-friendship between Blue and Ronan. It’s such a small part, but it inspired me to write a post about less-fleshed-out friendships and I want more. Blue’s relationship with Gansey and Ronan’s with Adam are also shifting and growing, which should make for an interesting finale next book.
This book never felt like a simple stepping stone in between the beginning of the series and the end, but that doesn’t make a review much easier to write without spoiling earlier books or just talking about how the last book could end. So, read and enjoy this book, but get ready for what will likely be a much longer and more explosive review with the finale that I am both fearing and excitedly waiting for – 2016 can’t get here soon enough, no matter my feelings about this lovely, magical series ending.
Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Position: Book Three in the Raven Cycle
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.