I’d heard from a lot of people that this was the book that made them finally fall for the characters in The Raven Cycle, and I can safely say this happened to me too.
I found myself really falling for the characters in this book, more so than in The Raven Boys. Gansey is so wonderfully odd, and I can completely empathise with Blue when she begins to crush on him because he is just so loveable.The book is so focussed on Ronan that you can’t help but like him. He’s had such a complicated life and this are just getting more and more confusing for him.
The one thing that I really found interesting in this book was the introduction of the Grey Man, who is a hit man after “Greywaren”. The way he is described is that everything about him is grey. He’s the perfect metaphor for depression, he clearly has depression as he says he finds it hard to get out of bed for days on end, but the fact that everything about his is grey is also just the best way of putting the feelings of depression into writing.
I’m still finding it a little hard to fully connect to the story, I think just because every thing is so weird. Don’t get me wrong, I like it and I plan on reading the whole series but I just can’t seem to really adore it. It’s so different, the writing is so wonderful but there’s not that certain something that I find with a lot of my favourite books and I’m quite sad about that because so many people I love have this in their favourites.