April 2016 was our most successful month page views wise. We had 589 views, which beat our previous record of 552 in December 2015. It made me wonder what were we writing about a year ago to get so much traffic. Well, The Raven Cycle and Maggie Stiefvater. It’s hard to believe that the The Raven King came out a year ago. That it has been a year since we found out if Gansey, Blue, Ronan and Adam would find the sleeping Welsh King and If Blue and Gansey would kiss and if Gansey would die. Those mysteries have been solved. Thankfully, we know that we haven’t read the last of the Gang as Maggie is working on a trilogy about Ronan. Whee!!!
My editor is going to hate me, but I just outlined three books for a Ronan-centered trilogy.
And we have another Maggie book coming in October. So we have a lot to look forward to but let’s take a moment, in honor of the 1 year anniversary of the release of The Raven King and the end of the The Raven Cycle, to look at everything we have ever written about the series.
Tomorrow’s the day! The Raven King is finally going to be out in the world and all of our questions will be answered. It’s exciting but also little sad. I really don’t want this series to end. I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah, Maura, Calla, The Gray Man or even Orla. All things must come to an end so how will it end? How will Gansey die and how long will he be dead? Will one of the favors they ask of Glendower be to bring him back? What about Noah, will he still be dead after this? Will any of them get their happily ever after? Will Ronan live out his life at the Barns with his brother and Mother? Will Adam leave Virginia behind? Will Blue go off to college and travel the world? Will Glendower be everything they were hoping he would be?
Here’s what I think. I don’t think that Gansey will stay dead for very long. I think he will die and Noah will sacrifice his chance to live again for Gansey’s chance to live again. Finally allowing him to cross over to where you go after you die. I’m not sure how the third sleeper will play out but I think that they will have to wake Glendower to help fight it. I do think Adam and Blue will go to college out of state but will always come back every summer to hang with Gansey and Ronan who will want to stay. That’s what I think but who knows. I’m probably completely off. The Good news is that it’s only one more day until we’ll find out.
Let’s talk relationships. Honestly I think the friendships are the most important relationships in the series but I think most people focus on the romantic relationships. There is Bluesey aka Blue and Gansey and Adnan (or is Rodam? I’m not really sure what their ship is called) aka Ronan and Adam. Obviously, Blue and Gansey are a go. We started to see their relationship bloom in Blue Lily Lily Blue. They tried to keep their attraction a secret as they didn’t want to upset Adam and honestly that was good call. Though, I wonder how hurt Adam is really going to be knowing that they can never kiss. I guess it will still hurt anyway that she would chose Gansey over him. I think now he can handle it as he seems to be in a much better head space than where he was at the beginning of the book. We also know that Blue and Gansey will kiss. We knew that was going to happen since The Raven Boys. We got a glimpse of what it’s going to be like when Blue stepped in the tree and saw them kiss. She saw how Gansey knew what kissing Blue would mean but wanting to anyway. I think this goes back to what I said yesterday. Gansey knows he’s going to die, he might as well go out doing what he wants. But when will it happen? Early on in the book? Right before they find Glendower? Will they only get that one kiss? Will it end in tears? I’m pretty sure it’s a yes to those last questions.
What about Ronan and Adam? We know that Ronan is gay. I do love his coming out or really his lack of one. I like that Maggie wrote his sexual preference the way she wrote the others. It didn’t need to be a big reveal because if you were following his arc, you would have seen his preference. Adam on the other hand is not so clear cut. He was fully infatuated with Blue in The Raven Boys. I think in The Dream Thieves it was more just him wanting to be loved. Wanting to be wanted and he thought Blue was the person who was going to be that for him. By the end, they sort of realized that wasn’t going to happen. Things were a little awkward in Blue Lily Lily Blue but I think by the end they found a balance between the two of them. Adam also starts to suspect Ronan’s feelings for him and is flattered. Ronan is a rich, attractive guy. He could have anyone he wanted so for him to want Adam, made him special. Made him feel wanted. Which is what Adam wants. I think Ronan has hope that Adam will reciprocate his feelings. He shows that in the hand cream he gives Adam and the trust he has in Adam when he tells him about Matthew. He shows Adam his vulnerability, which is not easy for someone like Ronan. Now, Maggie has said on twitter that she wrote the two kisses that fans have been waiting for. I can only assume she means these two since the only other couple is Maura and the Gray Man and they have already kissed. So how will Ronan and Adam’s kiss go down? Will it be a moment of shared grief over loss? A moment of curiosity on one or both of their parts? Will it be the beginning of a relationship or the realization that they are just friends? All we do know is that they are going to be a lot more kissing in this book then probably in all the other books combined.
Richard Campbell Gansey III, the once and future King. We’ve talked about his friends and their journey but what about Gansey? Is he the only one who doesn’t have any kind of power? He must feel left out. He must feel how Blue felt her whole life. Maybe not. Gansey was being very mysterious in Blue Lily Lily Blue with his visit to the faculty lounge and staying late after school. What was he doing? Does it have anything to do with how he knows he’s going to die. If anyone has read or listened to the first chapter, you know that Gansey has figured out what his voice on the tape of St. Marks Eve meant. He knows that he is going to die. Did this realization start when he was in the cave and heard the wasps? Or was it when Persephone died? Who knows but now that he does know, how is going to deal with the knowledge. I think he is going to throw everything into the search. If he is going to die, finding Glendower is going to be his final thing he does. Let’s not forget the kiss. Blue’s kiss of death. Haha, Just kidding. Kinda. That’s tomorrow’s topic.
Ronan is a greywaren. He can bring items from his dreams. Adam made a bargain with Cabeswater and now has a mystical connection with the forest and Blue is a mirror. She reflects other’s powers off of them and makes them more powerful. Gansey has brought together a powerful crew to assist him in his search. Ronan has fully embraced his powers and seems to have a pretty good understanding of how it works and how it affects Cabeswater. Adam is still learning how to use his new powers and how to communicate with Cabeswater. Even though the death of Persephone was a blow to his learning, I got the sense that by the end of Blue Lily Lily Blue he was in a much better place. How he and Ronan took control of the expedition into the cave the last time showed a new kind confidence in him that he didn’t have before. Blue is wild card because she is just discovering her powers. So how will all of their powers combine help with the search for Glendower? You know that they will have to work together if they are going to find him.
Also, will Ronan figure out to save Matthew from the same fate as their mom? (BTW, Ronan’s mom is named Aurora. Do you know who else is named Aurora? Sleeping Beauty. Guess who just made that connection? Me, that’s who.) Will this have any effect on the search and Cabeswater? Will we find out more about the mask of Niall and how it relates to Adam? Is Ronan also a little psychic too or was it just a random dream? So many questions that need to be answered.
The death of Persephone was a big blow to everyone. For one thing, she always seemed not immortal but not mortal either. So for her to actually die was a surprise. It also put some urgency back into the search for Maura and Glendower. I think her death will have more impact in The Raven King. 1. The triumvirate of Maura, Calla, Persephone has irrevocably been broken up. The power of the number 3 is brought up many times in Blue Lily Lily Blue. The three of them often talk about how their powers are the strongest together. How will they be now that she is gone? Persephone also talked about possibly having Adam one day replacing one of them but never says who. She dismisses this notion but did she know that her time was short? Who will step up to take her place and be Maura and Calla’s third? Adam? Blue? Gwenllian? Artemus?
Yesterday we discussed a little bit about the new characters that were introduced in Blue Lily Lily Blue. Today, I’m going to discuss Colin Greenmantle and Artemus. They were both characters previously mentioned in earlier books but we didn’t actually see them until Blue Lily Lily Blue.
Colin Greenmantle: The last time we saw Colin, he was walking away from Piper, the Gray Man and a thug before they entered cave. He had just witnessed Piper kill Jesse Dittley and was not having it. He was already about to leave after Adam and Ronan paid him a visit with their fake but very convincing evidence of a terrible crime and the death of Jesse was enough for him to peace out. Is he really gone though? The man who put in so much time, effort and money in to finding the Greywaren. He moved to Henrietta and became the latin teacher in hopes of ruining the Gray man and he’s just going to walk away? Especially now that Piper has gone over the deep end and will soon be a missing person. I know that the evidence that Ronan dreamt up was enough to scare him but is it enough to keep him away?
Artemus: Last time we saw Artemus he was being rescued by Blue with the help of the Gray Man and Maura. He’s Blue’s father and Maura’s ex-lover. Things are probably going to get a little awkward since the Gray Man is currently dating or at least seeing Maura now. We really don’t know much about Artemus beyond his past history with Maura and according to Gwenllian, he is the one who tied her up. That would suggest that he is as old as she is and somehow involved with Glendower? From the beginning, it has be a part of Maura’s story arc to find him. It was the reason that she invited Neeve to come stay with them in The Raven Boys. Now that she has found him, what’s next? He obviously has some connection to Glendower and is a magician of some kind. So how does he fit in the search for Glendower and how does he fit in Blue and Maura’s life?
We are officially a week from the release of The Raven King! It’s so close! It’s almost here! AHHHH!!! Okay, I’m done freaking out. Throughout this month, I have posted my thoughts of the last three books as I re-read The Raven Boys, The Dream Thievesand Blue Lily Lily Blue to refresh my memory of what happened so far. Now we are going to look ahead to The Raven King, itself and hopefully get some discussion going on what we think is going to happen, what we are looking forward to finally reading (a few kisses come to mind) and how we think it’s going to end. So let’s get this started.
In Blue Lily Lily Blue, we were introduced to three new characters. Henry Cheng, Piper Greenmantle and Gwenllian. Henry is a fellow student at Aglionby. Piper was Colin Greenmantle’s wife and the real antagonist of the book. Gwenllian the daughter of Glendower who the gang finds in his robber’s grave. Let’s break it down one at a time.
Henry Cheng: The last time we saw him, he was protesting the faculty denying his petition for a student council when scaffolding fell down all around Adam. It should have killed Adam but he used his Cabeswater connection to save himself. Maggie has said that Henry is going to have a bigger role in The Raven King but what? He probably has some questions about Adam after witnessing his near death and I have some questions as to what he was doing out so late when Blue and Gansey found him and his car. Is he connected to Cabeswater somehow? Is he also searching for Glendower?
Piper Greenmantle: The last time we saw her, she was stuck in the cave and waking up the third sleeper with the help of the reemerged Neeve. Obviously this is not good because this was the sleeper that everyone kept warning not to wake. Even more bad news, it sounds like the third sleeper is a gigantic spider of some sort. What role will Piper play, since she is obviously not dead and now has a favor thanks to creepy spider sleeper guy. And what does the fact that it was only two of them to wake him up instead of the preferred three?
Gwenllian: The last time we saw her, she was helping the gang rescue Maura from the cave. We know that she is like Blue and is a Mirror. She sings and is annoying to all the women at 300 Fox Way. As the daughter of Glendower, she probably can help them out in their quest to find him, if they can get a straight answer from her and her powers could be beneficial to the women in 300 Fox Way. Not to mention give us more insight in to Artemus. What role will she play in the final book?
All the feels! Re-reading this book just reaffirms how painful The Raven King is going to be.
What’s the deal with Henry Cheng? I mean seriously? Maggie has already said he is going to play a bigger part in the next book but what? What was he doing out that late at night when Gansey and Blue run into him?
Speaking of, is there ever been a more romantic non-kiss. It almost puts some actually literary kisses to shame!
I want to know more about Persephone’s backstory. Actually I want a spin-off series that is just about Persephone, Maura and Calla. Hey Maggie, can you make that happen?
Adam learned a very important lesson. That it is okay to ask for help and even if you don’t ask, if a friend offers it’s not out of pity but out friendship.
Piper Greenmantle is not someone I would want to meet in a dark alley. That woman is truly scary.
What is Gansey doing in the faculty lounge? Does he already know he’s going to die and this is him making plans?
Why haven’t any written the Murder Squash song?
I love how all-in Ronan is to being Supernatural. He’s owning is Greywareness!
Also how touching was his revelation about Matthew? How he’s working on saving him. With what happened in the cave, do you think he’s figured it out.
I like Blue and Ronan’s relationship. For all his guff, Ronan can’t help but care. He saved her from falling twice, once in the beginning of the book and in the end and then stayed behind in the dark to make sure she got to the other side. He’s a class act when he wants to be.
What kind of man buries their daughter, face down in a grave for robbers to find? Maybe Glendower isn’t worth it after all.
Jesse Dittley wasn’t kidding when he said his cave was cursed. May he Rest In Peace
Never Scrying by yourself kids.
So, we are now two weeks away from the release of The Raven King and the anticipation is just killing me. Will they find Glendower? Will Blue and Gansey finally kiss and will it kill him? Will Ronan and Adam kiss? Who is the third sleeper? Is it a huge spider because I am not okay with that! What has Neeve been doing all this time? I have so many questions that I hope to get answered soon. Dear readers, what are your questions for The Raven King?
This is my favorite book in The Raven Cycle (so far). Gansey in his Ganseyness. Adam in his Adamness and Blue in her Blueness but most importantly Ronan in his Ronaness. I love him.
If you could dream anything and bring it back with you when you awoke, what would it be?
What really turned Declan and Ronan into enemies? Is it just that Declan is a liar and that he upheld Niall’s will without a fight?
How long has Declan known about Ronan and Niall?
Oh Poor Adam. It’s almost painful to read about his abuse and almost harder to read him think that he deserved it.
I know Adam had to accept his bargain but maybe when he started to see strange things, maybe that’s the time to go to the women who deal with strange things?
I don’t think I’ll understand the internet stanning for Kavinsky? He’s a terrible human being to put it mildly.
I’m quite charmed by the courtship of Maura and the Gray Man. To quote Hamilton “So this is what it’s like to match wits”
Calla is amazing. Her interactions with Ronan are always a delight. They should have more scenes together.
I wish I knew more about the Gray Man and his brother. I get his brother is a sociopath but I feel like there is more there.
champagne mistake. the champagne atrocity. I just loved how the Gray man described his rental car.
Let’s talk about Ronan’s sexuality or how little it’s talked about. I think that’s it’s great that he never out right says his gay. He doesn’t have too. It’s pretty clear that he is. Just as it’s pretty clear that Gansey is straight.
I wonder if there is more to the break in to Calla’s office at Aglionby.
Kate pointed this out but I do love how Maggie writes her female characters. They stand up for themselves. They never play the damsel in distress. When Adam loses his cool when arguing with Adam, Blue doesn’t apologize for making him angry or stands and takes it. She just tell Adam that she would be outside and he can join her if he calms down. Take note ladies.
I think I had a few more thoughts but now I can’t remember. Oh well. Onto Blue Lily Lily Blue.