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Dreams and Mirrors: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

[WARNING: This review is for the third of a series, and contains spoilers for previous works. If you haven’t read The Raven Boys or The Dream Thieves yet… you should go do that. I’ll wait.]



Blue knows all too well the dangers of dreaming.

In a family of psychics, she is the pragmatic one — the level-headed daughter, the cool evaluator. Dreams are untrustworthy, fey; they beckon and coil around you and when you reach out to grasp them, they vanish and you’re left with just the taste of them, worse than nothing at all. Dreams are bad business, Blue knows.

And yet.

And yet, Blue has folded in with the Raven Boys, each a fevered dreamer in his own way. Noah, the ghost who occupies the illusion of life. Adam, the boy who lives at a remove from himself, unknown and unknowable. Ronan, the one who literally dreams things to life, wonders and nightmares with equal fervor. And Gansey.


The boy beyond time, the one with the quest, twice-doomed and once saved, Gansey, the seeker of Glendower, the Sleeping King.

Blue should not dream of the things she cannot have. Life beyond community college, a deeper purpose to her powers, the jolting thrill that comes when you unravel the universe and it turns and speaks to you. Magic and mystery and wonders beyond naming.

And Gansey.

Most of all, Blue cannot dream of Gansey.

But what dreamer can truly control their dreams?

This book, this book, is another example of how Maggie Stiefvater leaves me speechless and rocks my world. The third in the Raven Cycle, it centers on Blue and weaves further into the structure of her relationship with the boys — even as those bonds are shattered, and twisted, and remade.

Fans of Adam will see much of him also, as he tries to jigsaw his psyche back together in the aftermath of Cabeswater. Seeing him and Ronan together is a rare new joy, here — the levels on which they understand each other, clashing and grappling, the sky-shaking force of their wills.

Oh, and the Grey Man. How I do love the Grey Man. His trials didn’t end with the last book, and not only do we get to see more of him, he plays a large role in events as well.

I don’t want to delve into plot, and it’s not as though a description of events could come near to capturing the magic of this series. But a driving impulse is, of course, Maura’s disappearance underground — and more than the search for her, it’s the forced confrontations this demands that really inform the story. More secrets are revealed, and it’s a murky journey — appropriately, as we go deeper into the maze of Henrietta.

If The Raven Boys was our bridge to magic and The Dream Thieves was our first trial of fire, Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the start of a harvest of seeds long planted.

Strange dreams grow in the dark, and Blue and her Raven Boys are going to wake them.


One comment on “Dreams and Mirrors: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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This entry was posted on November 6, 2014 by in Magic, YA.
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