I believe that every writer has that one author that made them see the light. For me, Maggie Stiefvater is that author.
Stiefvater is a NY Times Bestseller and author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy in which werewolves are anything but traditional. Her stand alone novel, The Scorpio Races, puts you right in the thick of a killer horse race, and her Faerie novels, Lament and Ballad, will have you believing in the lore of Irish magic and music.
She has, on numerous occasions, made this reader cry. Mostly because her characters are so entirely relatable that you can’t help but want to hug them or hit them upside the head. Her lyrical writing style is good at pulling you into her scenes so that you can see, touch, taste, hear every bit of it. Character driven and conflict dense, her books demand to be felt in a way that gets right between your ribs and pokes at every heartstring you’ve got. Which, in my opinion, is a good thing. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cry from laughing, you’ll throw the book across the room and then run to pick it up because you just have to know, and then you’ll mourn the last page because you want the characters to stay.
Her newest endeavor is The Raven Boys, a three part series that follows Blue, a psychic’s daughter. Blue’s destiny is to kill her true love with a kiss. She doesn’t think this will be a problem until she gets tangled in a rich group of reckless Raven Boys from Aglionby Academy, namely privledged Gansey with his good looks and questionable vehicle. Gansey’s quest is to find Welsh King Glendower with Blue’s help, but what they find is shrouded in magic, ghosts, and the things that walk in dreams.
Today is September 17th, which means the second installment of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series, The Dream Thieves, is on the shelves waiting to be preyed upon by lovers of magic, prophecy, and smudgy little crows named Chainsaw.