Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle, #3

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: October 21st 2014


Five Stars

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.

Mothers can disappear.

Visions can mislead.

Certainties can unravel.

– Blurb courtesy of

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“Queens and kings
Kings and queens
Blue lily, lily blue
Crowns and birds
Swords and things
Blue lily, lily blue”

Cabeswater is back, only now there is a cave where there never was before, and with Blue’s mother having disappeared leaving behind only a note saying she has gone underground, the path Blue and her Raven Boys need to take seems obvious. However they don’t get far into the cave before they are stopped. Cabeswater is powerful, it can see into their minds and can read their thoughts as requests, when Gansey falls into a pit it’s only his tether to Ronan and Adam that saves him but it cuts off their path. They are forced to retreat and find another cave on the ley line they can use to go deeper underground.

Adam seems to have much more control over his connection with Cabeswater now. He has ways of communicating with the woods and the ley lines, ways of understanding what it wants from him, and in turn when he needs them the woods come to him and help keep him safe. Going into the cave Adam knows that he is safe; Cabeswater needs him and so it will keep him from harm.

However Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah and Blue are not the only ones edging closer to the caves and Glendower himself. Colin Greenmantle, the man who ordered the murder of Ronan’s father, is in town hoping to track down the dream thief he believes the Gray Man absconded with. Ronan wants revenge but he is unable to touch Greenmantle without horrific repercussions on all their lives. Instead he asks for Adam’s help and the two of them start to come up with a plan to get Greenmantle out of town and out of their lives.

“How appropriate it was that Ronan, left to his own devices, manifested beautiful cars and beautiful birds and tender-hearted brothers, while Adam, when given the power, manifested a filthy string of perverse murders.”

Gansey believes Glendower is buried underground, but he is not the only king asleep down there. Instead there are three; one who can be awakened and one who must ever be awakened. Gansey feels like he’s one step closer. As he and Blue search for another cave, Blue all the while thinking of her mother, angry at her for disappearing without a trace, they come across one that is cursed. However when they find a tomb deep underground it isn’t Glendower they find asleep inside.

…The Characters

“In that formless place, he found himself intensely grateful for Ronan and Adam waiting outside for him, for Blue and her family, for Noah and for Malory. He was so grateful to have found all of them, finally.”

Gansey, despite having a privileged upbringing, has had a troubled past and we learn a lot more about that past in this book. He nearly died as a child and it was Glendower who saved his life. After that event Gansey became determined to follow the path to Glendower to its end. He met Malory and explored the ley lines all over the world but he never felt at home anywhere, constantly leaving and wandering, until he arrived in Henrietta, until he met Ronan, Adam, Noah and Blue.

“Blue,” he warned, but his voice was chaotic. This close, his throat was scented with mint and wool sweater and vinyl car seat, and Gansey, just Gansey.
She said, “I just want to pretend. I want to pretend that I could.”
He breathed out.
What was a kiss without a kiss?

The relationship between Blue and Gansey is heartbreakingly beautiful. Neither of them can be together, not only because of Blue’s curse but also because of Adam. Both of them are wary that anything between would be insulting to Adam and his feelings but they can’t stop reaching for one another, can stop seeking each other out. It seems almost inevitable the way the two of them are constantly drawn together but Blue is also painfully aware that she saw Gansey’s spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, that he will die before the year is over. She keeps searching for signs of the spirit she saw that night; the boy with the easy eyes, wearing an Aglionby sweater, shoulders wet from the rain, wondering if today will be the day he died.

“Now he could see that it wasn’t charity Gansey was offering. It was just truth.
And something else: friendship of the unshakable kind. Friendship you could swear on. That could be busted nearly to breaking and come back stronger than before.”

Adam seems to grow up a lot in this book. He has managed to stabilise the connection he has with Cabeswater, instead of ignoring it he has opened his mind to it and now understands what the woods want from him. He also makes an effort to control his temper and tries not to argue with Blue and Gansey the way he did in the second book. He seems to mature as well; he faces his father down in court – determined to put what happened behind him – he accepts Gansey’s offers of help – finally seeing them as friendship and not pity – and he realises that he doesn’t need a favour from Glendower to become an equal to Gansey and Ronan.

…The Setting

“The enormity of the enormity of the world grew and grew inside Adam, and he didn’t know if he could hold it. He was just a boy. Was he meant to know this? They had transformed Henrietta already by waking this ley line and strengthening Cabeswater. What would a world look like with more forests woken all over it? Would it tear itself apart with crackling energy and magic, or was this a pendulum swing, a result of hundreds of years of sleep? How many kings slept?”

Things in Henrietta are waking up, and with them so is the magic which has laid dormant for so many years; first it was the ley lines, and with them Adam Parish, now the old Kings who were asleep deep underground are being found and woken. With Cabeswater back Gansey feels he is closer than ever to Glendower and this story returns to the Welsh myths that were, not forgotten, but put to one side in the second book. There is more and more magic present in Henrietta now in the form of a cursed cave which have struck generations of one family, a hole in another cave which houses ravens instead of bats, and Adam’s ever-deepening connection with the ley lines. On top of all that there are treasure hunters, hit men and dangerous people arriving in Virginia who are willing to tear down anyone in their way to get what they want.

This is a series that just keeps on getting better and better; I thought The Raven Boys was good but it is completely blown out of the water by Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I cannot wait to see where the story goes in the final book, The Raven King, I am hooked by the overall story arc and in love with all the characters Stiefvater has created in The Raven Cycle series.

What did you think of Blue Lily, Lily Blue? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

4 thoughts on “Blue Lily, Lily Blue

  1. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking
    back frequently!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s a relatively new blog; I’ve only been posting since November, which only now I’m writing it I’ve realised was pretty much four months ago now! Anyways thank you so much for your comment. I’m really glad you’re enjoying my blog and what I’m posting, and that it’s one you’ll be checking back 😀


    1. So far all the book have been amazing, but Blue Lily, Lily Blue is my favourite by far. The series just keeps getting better and better and I have really high hopes for The Raven King when it’s released. I’d definitely recommend it, you won’t be disappointed 😀

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