This is the second Maggie Stiefvater book I’ve listened to and they’ve both been magical. I’m even tempted to listen to Shiver.
Blue has two rules for herself: Stay away from boys, because they’re trouble and stay away from Aglionby boys because they’re bastards. Up until now, she has followed those two rules faithfully. Up until she meets the spirit of one, faceless and rain soaked on the Corpse Road. Blue and her psychic mother know that this means he will die within the next year, as it has been their duty to warn each spirit’s loved ones to prepare for the worst. For Blue, this vision is especially meaningful, as she is the only one in her rag-tag home who isn’t psychic. The only thing she gets from the spirit is a profound feeling of sorrow and his name. Gansey.
I love Stiefvater’s characters - so flawed, so real. I love the world-building that Stiefvater does here as well. I can picture Henrietta - middling sized town, sharply divided between townies and Aglionby boys. And the hunt for the ley line and hidden king reminds me of my teen years - only, you know, I was never that organized or researched or monied. I honestly could have listened to ten more discs of this story (which is probably the point, since this is just the first book in a triology), and when I found out that I was on the last disc, I was slightly baffled as to how this story could end. My one complaint is that there were SO MANY STORYLINLES left unfinished. How do Blue and Gansey fall in love? Will Gansey and Adam still remain friends? What happened to Blue’s father? What happened to Neeve? Where is Glendower (SP?)? What was the secret that killed Ronan’s father? I’m sure there are more that I can’t think of right now.
I was initially hesitant about the male narrator - the synopsis makes it appear that the story is really focused on Blue and her quest, but the story is shared (albeit a little unevenly) between Blue and Gansey and Adam - but Will Patton was perfect. I was annoyed about Noah initially as well - I wasn’t sure why he was included in the story considering that he wasn’t a consistent member of the “gang.” The revelation of his backstory explains his in and out presence. Orla was the other character who struck me to be that way. She was only incidental, only ever mentioned, never really a full part of the story. Not like Calla or Persephone. Beyond those details, the book was delightful and dark, a perfectly intriguing listen for the commute.