I love Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series – the first two, The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, currently tie for my favorite book. The third book is due later this year and just as I was beginning to despair if the title and cover would ever be released when lo and behold, she posted them!
Actually, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. Stiefvater released them yesterday, April twenty-fourth. St. Mark’s Eve, the obscure holiday on which the book begins, was also yesterday.
I am impressed.
Anyway, you’ll find the cover below, followed by fangirling and then some predictions for the story.
Each of the previous books focused on one character and I think it’s safe to say that book three will revolve around Blue Sargent. Which means my first prediction is right! I hoped Blue would be the star.
I like the title. It’s not at all what I expected – “The Something-something” – but it’s cool how it reads the same either forwards or backwards.
The art, while still the same style, is much darker than what’s on the first two books and I don’t know how that makes me feel because I love these characters and don’t want anything bad to happen to them. But hey. It’s gorgeous. I’m fond of covers that feature paintings.
Does the cover feature Blue, though? At first I thought it did but then I looked at Stiefvater’s sketch of Blue versus her sketch of a new character and now I’m not sure. Blue’s hair is wild, but not quite that wild. I think. I don’t know. Let’s move on to predictions!
Blue’s father is Glendower.
I am one hundred percent sure that an ancient magical king is the explanation behind Blue’s missing father. Blue’s mother thinks he disappeared because she was born, but he didn’t abandon them like a deadbeat – he literally disappeared. Poof. Gone. Magic, right?
This might also explain why Blue’s mom is underground. Glendower was buried…
There will be clues about Gansey’s death.
I mean, ghost!Gansey is shown in the very first scene of the series. And if Blue kisses her true love he will die. Gansey is definitely going to die.
The only question is how. The Raven Cycle will be four books long so I don’t expect (or want!) him to die just yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were hints in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. For example, The Dream Thieves briefly touched on the idea of traveling back through time – the characters find parts of Gansey’s car but it’s now five hundred years ago.
Maybe that back-in-time stuff will “fix” his death. Or maybe he’ll just die and become a ghost. (Hello, that works just fine for Noah. Blue could kiss however many boys she wishes as long as they’re dead.) Or maybe I’m just throwing ideas into the void and I REALLY HAVE NO IDEA HOW STIEFVATER IS GOING TO GET AROUND THIS DEAD!GANSEY THING.
Maybe she’ll just kill him and be done with it. I don’t expect all the major players to make it through this story alive.
It’s the beginning of the end for Adam as well.
He hasn’t been the same since touching the ley line. I think he seems a bit resigned, too, and does something dangerous because he thinks someone has to help his friends and it might as well be him.
Ronan and Adam will have an awkward crush-thing going on.
Out of three possibilities for Ronan, only one really works. He had an interesting relationship with Kavinsky, but the latter is now dead. (And not a kissable ghost.) I think he has a thing for Gansey as well but Gansey has Blue now and, well, I just can’t see those two Raven Boys ending up together. Gansey thinks differently of Ronan than Ronan does of Gansey.
But Ronan also likes Adam. He helped him with the rent and other stuff (and Adam thought it was Gansey). Oh, and there’s that time when he pretty much cuddled – as much as moody, edgy Ronans ever cuddle – with Adam in the car. And Adam didn’t seem to mind.
I can actually see this working out. Just the fact that Stiefvater has at least one LGBTQ+ main character when so many other authors – so many of my otherwise-favorites – don’t makes me feel hopeful that maybe there will be a major relationship besides Blue/Gansey.
Well, that’s about it for my big predictions for Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Of course, I’d love to see more of Maura with the Grey Man, or Calla with Blue (they’re a riot), but those aren’t really predictions. I cannot wait to read this book and I may even pre-order it because the story is just that good. Plus Maggie Stiefvater autographs those copies and includes little doodles in them!
What are your thoughts about Blue Lily, Lily Blue?
P.S. Its release date is October twenty-eight!