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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her [[{{Seers}} clairvoyant]] mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

The series is written by Maggie Stiefvater and is set to be four books long. The first book in the series, ''The Raven Boys'', was released September 18, 2012. The second book, ''The Dream Thieves'', was released September 17, 2013. The third, ''Blue Lily, Lily Blue'', was released October 21, 2014.



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!!The Raven Cycle contains examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Adam's dad.
* AerithAndBob: 300 Fox Way is filled with women named Blue, Orla, and Neeve, but also Maura and Persephone.
* AdultFear: Adam's fear of his abusive father, never being able to get away from him, becoming like his father, being able to pay rent on time, balancing three jobs and school along with his supernatural life, being able to afford college, never being good enough. For Adam, adult fear causes as much panic as the supernatural threats.
** In ''Blue Lily, Lily Blue,'' the Gray Man is afraid of [[spoiler: Blue getting hurt or killed, as he's come to care for her like his own daughter.]]
* AliensInCardiff: Ancient dead Welsh king in Henrietta, Virginia
* AmbiguouslyBi: [[spoiler: Adam is very much attracted to Blue, but may or may not reciprocrate Ronan's feelings for him. Kavinsky is also attracted to Ronan, but has a reputation for sleeping around with women as well.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: In ''Blue Lily, Lily Blue'', [[spoiler: Persephone]].
* BadassNormal: So far, all of the main characters except for Gansey have some kind of supernatural affinity. Gansey's superpower is (basically) being a Kennedy.
* BilingualBonus: Latin is used frequently in the story and it's considered the one area where Ronan excels.
* BlessedWithSuck: Blue's ability to enhance psychic powers. This is supposedly a rare and special gift, but Blue (for very legitimate reasons) fears that it means she'll spend her whole life on the sidelines, helping others do amazing things that she can never experience.
* BoardingSchool: Aglionby, though none of the boys live on campus.
* BoyishShortHair: Blue
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Gansey, although he's pretty good at hiding it when he's in high society.
* CleverCrows: Chainsaw the raven qualifies, and may have slightly above average intelligence given that she's [[spoiler: a dream thing.]]
* CoolCar: Gansey's Camaro
* CreepyCrows: Some of the motifs in the books. Also, the Night Terrors.
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: Noah. Though to be fair, he did tell them several times. They just never listened.]]
* DeadPersonConversation: In the third book, [[spoiler: Adam]] has an entire conversation with [[spoiler: Persephone]] before realizing said character is dead.
* DeadpanSnarker: Blue and Ronan
* DisappearedDad: Blue's.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Grey Man is a remorseless professional killer, but he draws the line at [[spoiler: kidnapping a minor to be turned over for who-knows-what purposes- that could include killing or torture- as part of his HeelFaceTurn]].
* EvilTeacher: Whelk. [[spoiler: Later, Greenmantle.]]
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Arguably, Niall Lynch. While not actually evil, he has a dubious past and his fair share of secrets, but he wanted his sons to live good lives.
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Gansey
** TheLancer: Adam
** TheBigGuy: Ronan
** TheSmartGuy: Everyone takes their turn at this, most often Gansey.
** TheChick: Noah
** TheSixthRanger: Blue
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Ronan is choleric, Adam is melancholic, Noah is phlegmatic, and Gansey is sanguine.
* HasTwoMommies: Blue was raised in a house full of her mom's friends and extended family, so she was brought up by her mom, her aunts, and her mother's two best friends.
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: Noah.]]
* KingInTheMountain: Owen Glendower, whom the boys are looking for.
* KissOfDeath: Blue is constantly reminded that if she kisses her true love, he will die.
* LastNameBasis: Gansey. His full name is rather pretentious on it's own, but combined with the fact that in his name Richard is shortened to "Dick"- he has a good reason to insist on his last name.
* LoveDodecahedron: [[spoiler: Kavinsky is heavily implied to be attracted to Ronan. Ronan, on the other hand, likes Adam. Adam likes Blue, and may or may not return Ronan's feelings. Blue initially likes Adam, but in ''The Dream Thieves'' reveals herself to be more fond of Gansey. Gansey is married to the search for Glendower, but is attracted to Blue as well. Blue also kisses Noah, who so far no one is interested in romantically.]]
** Kavinsky is also convinced [[spoiler: Ronan/Gansey is another point of the Dodecahedron.]]
* MistakenForRomance: [[spoiler: Kavinsky thinks that Ronan's devotion to Gansey must be romantic (or at least sexual). In reality, Gansey [[LikeBrotherAndSister is like a brother to him]].]]
* MuggleBornOfMages: Blue is the only non-psychic in her family.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Not strictly speaking as we do learn what it is, but in Blue Sargent's family, her father is always referred to as "Butternut."
** Played straight with The Gray Man. [[spoiler: For the most part.]]
* PrinceCharming : Gansey
* PrincelyYoungMan: Gansey, again.
* RedStringOfFate: When Blue sees Gansey's spirit on the corpse road, she knows that he will almost certainly be her true love.
** More accurately, her family insists this is the case. Blue rejects this idea and instead pursues her feelings for Adam, not wanting her life to be dictated by BecauseDestinySaysSo and prophecy.
** In-universe, it's more like Blue's family has been strangling her with the Red String her entire life.
* RunningGag: Jane and Butternut are used this way sometimes. In the third book, we have the Squash Song.
* ScholarshipStudent: Adam.
* ScrewDestiny: Blue tries to take this approach with her love life. [[spoiler: Key word here being ''tries''.]]
** Being surrounded by psychics your whole life can give a person mixed feelings on destiny.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Gansey uses his dad's authority to help Ronan stay at school.
* {{Seers}}: Everyone at 300 Fox Lane, except Blue.
* ShoutOut: Besides the obvious raven motif, Ronan's dream of Adam wearing the mask in TDT is reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe's Masque of the Red Death.
** More blatantly, the author has said that (Dick) Gansey calls Blue "Jane" as a reference to ''Dick and Jane.''
* [[spoiler: StraightGay]]: In the second book [[spoiler: we find out Ronan Lynch is gay.]] It's implied that [[spoiler: Kavinsky is queer as well, though given Blue's mentions of him being famous at her school as a user and abuser, chances are high he falls more into the DepravedBisexual category.]]
* TarotTroubles: Unsurprising, since Blue's relatives are professional psychics.
* TeamPet: Chainsaw.
* TheTeamBenefactor: Gansey, duh.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Adam in The Dream Thieves. Partially justified as a reaction to his father's abuse. It's also implied to be a result of [[spoiler: his sacrifice at the end of The Raven Boys,]] though he gets better by the end of the book.
* TookALevelInKindness: Ronan in The Dream Thieves, where he upgrades to JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* TheUnfavorite: In the Lynch family, Ronan explains that he was Niall Lynch's favorite and youngest brother Matthew was Aurora Lynch's favorite, which leaves eldest brother Declan to be no one's favorite.
* WhamLine: Maggie likes to end each book with one.
** In Blue Lily, Lily Blue: [[spoiler: "Matthew's mine. He's one of mine."]]
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Gansey thinks Blue's name is silly and decides to call her "Jane" instead.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: In The Dream Thieves when Gansey says "Blue" instead of "Jane," Blue knows something serious is going on.
** Whenever the two are having a more serious moment, you know Gansey's emotions are getting to him when he calls her Blue.

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