Here is my promised follow-up post with spoilers for The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Do not read on if you don’t want to know what happens. If you’re just looking for a review, check out my post here.
SPOILERS. SPOILERS. SPOILERS.
The main reason I don’t want to read the next three books is how long it’s going to take to get to what was promised that the beginning of the first book. At the very beginning of this book, you learn that Gansey will die, but you know he can’t if he’s really Blue’s true love because then this book would be the last book in the Divergent series, and who wants that? So, you’re waiting for a few things.
The first is for Blue and Gansey to actually start dating. Blue is dating Adam, the best friend, not Gansey, in the first book. She really likes Adam, and she avoids kissing him, just in case she could kill him. Blue only tolerates Gansey for most of the book. So, their relationship has to progress to a point where they actually are in love with each other.
The second thing for which you’re waiting is the kids to finish Gansey’s quest, which is to meet a magically preserved Welsh king from the Middle Ages, Glendower, who will grant them a wish. You find out that Glendower actually saved Gansey’s life at one point from a lethal allergy attack (he’s allergic to bees and hornets). They don’t even get close in the first book, and they don’t even get close until the last book. THE LAST BOOK. This is the driving force behind the first book, and it’s their entire goal. And you don’t get it until the last book. This tells me that the next two books are full of filler that very slowly moves them to the grand finale where they meet Glendower and Gansey dies and magically is restored. I have no interest in wading through annoying teenage drama for that long. Bonus, in the last book (and a bit in the second and third), it focuses on the relationship between Adam and another of the friends, Ronan, rather than Blue and Gansey.
Am I being a bit dramatic in not wanting to read this? Probably. But these are my reasons. You choose for yourself if these things bother you. ;)