Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Well! That was an interesting ride! Following what I had found to be a rather confusing second episode, this third book in Maggie Stiefvater’s “Raven Cycle” series really picked the story back and kept it moving through the entire book. We got to see lot more interaction between the main characters, and each of them went through some significant personal trials and challenges that cause some profound changes in our main characters.
One of the most interesting things about the book is that the characters spend a great deal of time moving between reality and the unreality of Cabeswater and the ley line, so the book kept me somewhat off-balance as I was reading it – but in a good way.
Something I hadn’t picked up on initially with the first two volumes in the series is that each volume is covering a season. The first takes place during the spring, the second in the summer, this one in the fall and presumably the next one will be at winter.
As in the previous books, on the last page we get a wicked, wicked twist that is making me dread how long the time will be until the fourth book is released, because I very much want to find out what happens with this new situation.
A few oddities in the book, one of the characters – Colin Greenmantle – starts off seemingly quite menacing and yet ends up the story in a way that struck me as completely out-of-character for the way he was described in the previous book and the way he’s initially portrayed in this one, and while he certainly sustains a few jolts, none of it seems strong enough to warrant the change in his personality. I think he’s probably the weakest character in the series thus far, though his wife. I found his wife, Hyper, more interesting even though she plays a much less significant role in this book. I also noticed that the author seems to like to comment on people’s teeth often enough that it actually became something of a distraction, though not enough to damage enjoyment of the book in any way. It’s just odd.
Overall, I found to be a much stronger story then “The Dream Thieves” but not quite as strong as “The Raven Boys.” I am very much looking forward to the fourth chapter as it will be quite interesting to see where these characters and up and how they have been changed from the beginning of the series by the time all is said and done.