The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
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.
"Queens and kings
Kings and queens
Blue lily, lily blue
Crowns and birds
Swords and things
Blue lily, lily blue"
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) continues Blue Sargent and The Raven Boys (Richard Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, and Noah) story. If you are new to this series, I would definitely recommend that you start from the beginning. Stiefvater has laid out a complex story line, with characters that are hard to resist, and really doesn't do a recap of previous events. Each book has featured one of the main Raven Boys. This time she gives Blue a bit more of a starring role while doing her usual switch between the various important characters.
The search for the dead welsh King Glendower is getting closer to being discovered, but there are plenty of surprises and mysteries yet to be uncovered. Blue's mother, Maura, has disappeared after promising not to be gone long, and nobody can tell her if she is dead or alive. She's expected to return to school for her senior year, while making plans for a future that is uncertain at best. She continues hunting for Glendower with Gansey and the Raven boys, and it is the most excitement she's ever had.
Blue, who has the ability to enhance a psychics powers, learns about yet another prophecy. This time it concerns three sleepers that are hidden in Cabeswater; two need to be awoken and the other should be left sleeping at all cost. Apparently it is her job to wake up one of the sleepers, while not disturbing one that shalt not be awakened, or the one in between.
Blue spends a lot of time commiserating with Gansey while wishing she was a bit taller. I would too if I was not even 5 feet tall! There is a whole lot of hand holding, but she is aware of yet another prophecy that says her true love will die by her kiss. Blue and Gansey's relationship has surprised me in that they are absolute opposites like day and night. Yet Blue finds that Gansey is a phone call away when the rest of the women in her family are busy with doing other things, or missing in action because of their own personal search.
As for the rest of the crew, Adam has promised to assist Cabeswater and is also being trained by Persephone in how to communicate with the entity. Adam, I believe, regrets his failed relationship with Blue which is no surprise. I think he definitely tries to come to acceptances that there is no going back, so he needs to work on his relationship with not only Gansey, but Ronan as well.
He does work with Ronan when Colin Greenmantle and his wife Piper comes to Henrietta looking for the Grey Man and a powerful artifact that he was promised. Adams relationship with Ronan highlights the changes that both boys have experienced since joining Gansey in his Glendower search. Gansey is still Gansey. Nothing has changed. Not his determination to find the long lost king, or the fact that one of the sleepers has a direct connection to Glendower. In a surprising move, Dr. Malory, Gansey's mentor from England, makes an appearance lending a bit of his knowledge to the search.
The ending to Blue Lily, Lily Blue is going to stay with me until the 4th book is released apparently in 2015. Wow. I knew there was a reason that Stiefvater added Piper to the storyline, but I'm shocked that she's more of a villain than Greenmantle. Piper definitely pushes back against the status quo that only men can be villains.
Definitely not surprised by Blue's apparent growth as a character. Hoping it expands even more in the next installment. Looking forward to the journey finally ending for Gansey after years of searching for Glendower. One can only hope that the rest of the Raven Boys and Blue are alongside to enjoy the moment.
Author - Maggie Stiefvater
Title - BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE (THE RAVEN CYCLE # 3)
Published by Scholastic Press
Released: October 21, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Magic, Romance, Fantasy, Myth
Format: E-Book, 416 pages