Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.
Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.
Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?
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This is a book about psychics, magic, and the search of Glendower along the ley line.
Blue: ... is the daughter to a psychic, living in a house full of psychics, wihtout being psychic herself. She only makes magical things louder, clearer, stronger... like a battery. She first meets Gansey in his spirit form on St Mark's Eve, where you meet the souls of the dead of the coming year. That she can see him, as an exception, means one of two things: either he's her true love, or she kills him. She then meets him and the boys as they come for a reading to her house, searching for help in finding the ley line. Blue has been told since she was young that her true love will die if she kisses him, and when Neeve arrives at the beginning of the book, she is told that this is the year she will fall in love. Yet, against her mother's wishes, Blue joins the group of explorers. She also tells Gansey about her prophecy.
Gansey: ... is the obsessive researcher, the scientist, believer and head of the group. He comes from money but doesn't care about it much, so he tends to be condescending -- alot. Seven years ago, he was meant to die from wasp stings (he's highly allergic), but survived due to the influence of the magic of the ley line. His destiny is to find Glendower since that day. He has a sister named Helen.
Adam: ... is actually from a poor family, in Aglionby with a scholarship, and has an abusive father. He works several jobs to pay his loans and give to the family, while also cramming, because it doesn't come to him that easy, and being on the hunt with Gansey. He is rather shy, but very brave, and in love with Blue, who he invites to join the group. Adam is also very proud, never taking any money offered from the other boys, but he wants to make life on his own. However, at the end, he presses charges against his father to safe Ronan from being expelled, and because he is now deaf on his left ear, but loses his home in the process.
Ronan: ... is the troubled soul of the lot. His father has brutally died, and when Ronan found his body, something in him changed dramatically. He is the fighter of the group, but also smart, but too lazy to go to classes, thus the troublemaker, and always in Gansey's debt for fixing his messes. He always fights with his older brother Declan. He found a baby raven he named Chainsaw and is now raising. He is a bull of a guy, tattooed, everyone fears him, but there is a gentle and caring side to him as well, and he's a loyal friend.
Noah: ... is the real quiet one, and turns out to be a ghost. Dead for seven years, his un-meant death on the ley line saved Gansey's life. He was killed by his former friend Whelk, now a fallen Aglionby boy and Latin teacher of the school. Gansey and Blue find his body behind the church, near the ley line, but as it is taken by the police, Noah's presence fades. So at the end of the book, after his family buried him, they 'rob his grave' and bury him again by the church, so he can be with them again, permanently.
Whelk: Wants the power of the ley line because he wants his former wealthy life back. He sacrificed his friend Noah Czerny in a ritual, killing him, but that didn't wake the line. By fate or coincidence, he finds out about Gansey and his friends, and sees his second shot.
Neeve: A witch/psychic, but she's fallen over to the dark side. She also tries to wake the ley line with a sacrifice, but gets vanished by Blue's family, probably dropping into another dimension and coming back at some point.
We also learn that the magical place on the ley line they find is called Carbeswater, that trees speak Latin, and that time is something fluid. Both Blue and Gansey have a vision in Carbeswater, showing them close and in love, about to kiss, but there was no time to think about that just yet. Also, Blue's father was supposedly from the ley line, and she might be the outcome of some kind of ritual, because he vanished when she was born.