The Raven Boys

By Maggie Stiefvater
Read by Will Patton

The Raven Cycle Series: Book 1

11.13 Hours 09/18/2012 unabridged
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FORMAT: UNABRIDGED 10 CDS Legend holds that Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, sleeps beneath the hills until he's needed. The first person to find him will be granted a wish - either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart. Gansey has it all - family money, a car, time for extracurriculars and friends - but he's always loved the tales of sleeping kings. He thinks he's found one too, or at least the area where one might be: in the town of Henrietta, VA. And the best way to be there is to attend prestigious Aglionby Academy for Boys. Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, but is too practical to believe in things like spirits or true love. Her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys...but it may be that one in particular can change her mind about magic, and maybe even love.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens

FORMAT: UNABRIDGED 10 CDS

Legend holds that Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, sleeps beneath the hills until he's needed. The first person to find him will be granted a wish - either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.



Gansey has it all - family money, a car, time for extracurriculars and friends - but he's always loved the tales of sleeping kings. He thinks he's found one too, or at least the area where one might be: in the town of Henrietta, VA. And the best way to be there is to attend prestigious Aglionby Academy for Boys.



Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, but is too practical to believe in things like spirits or true love. Her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys...but it may be that one in particular can change her mind about magic, and maybe even love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Stiefvater not only weaves a suspenseful tale of Blue’s involvement with three such boys and their quest for the grave of an ancient king, but she also does so stylishly, with sly social commentary…[and] draws readers into a world where time enfolds hauntingly, and magic informs reality.” Washington Post
“Stiefvater crafts a wonderful, vivid, colorful world you won’t want to leave. She tempers her quirky secondary characters with a heart-in-your-throat, life-or-death plot, a cold case, and a quest. Your only regret will be that the tale ends too soon.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
“Hopes, fears, quirks, and forebodings gather gradually, coalescing as living portraits. It’s a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of even or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Patton is masterful with the suspense and the mysticism and seductively plays the emotional line of real and imagined events. Don’t miss this compelling listen, and pray that Will Patton has already signed on for the other titles of the series.” AudioFile
“Reading this novel is like walking through a tangled thicket and coming across one unexpected and wonderful surprise after another. In that respect, the book is marvelous, for not only is it filled with marvels but it is also a marvel of imagination…Rich, too, in characterization, this fantasy-mystery rises to the level of serious literature.” Booklist (starred review)
The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, an supernatural thriller of a different flavor. The cinematic feel paces the novel well, and the many pieces of the story unfold with grace. The complicated relationships between the Raven boys and Blue are not of the standard main character/love interest variety and makes the curious plot all the more enthralling.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“A story very few writers could dream up and only Stiefvater could make so palpably real. Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

by Ashley 9/13/2017
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Engaging narration

A wonderfully complex story of love and mystery. Will Patton's narration is seamless and allows the listener to delve completely into the story. The story on it's own is such an amazing work of art. Entertaining and worthwhile.

Author

Author Bio: Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Scorpio Races and the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. She is also the author of Lament and Ballad.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 11.13
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English