Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.
Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.
Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
I don’t know how a book manages to be so funny and irreverent and snarky but so serious and heartbreaking and horrifying all at the same time.
But this? This was a wondrous, delightful sequel.
Some may say that Blue represents the manic pixie dream girl, but no matter her eccentricities – of which there are many – she is nobody’s wish fulfilment, which Gansey and Adam realise very quickly. She doesn’t hesitate to put them in their place or stand up for herself against Gansey’s unintentional condescension or Adam’s anger or Ronan’s rudeness or Noah’s occasional creepy ghost antics.
I adore the friendships, love and affection amongst the boys – even amid their angst and anger, they still care about each other. Brotherhood, man.
I love how the characters are realistically flawed. I’ve seen some hefty criticism on Tumblr re: certain characters and their development, and all I can say in response is that these are teenagers, and human, and human nature is flawed. They’re not perfect, and they say hurtful things, and making displeasing decisions, but they’re heroic and wonderful all the same.
I love the worldbuilding. The psychics, the Latin trees, Cabeswater, the roles they all have to play.
Also, how did Maggie Stiefvater make me feel sorry for an ASSASSIN?
There were so many, many quotes that I wanted to include, but it would have essentially ended up with me including something from every second page.