The Raven Boys, the first novel in Stiefvater's quartet "The Raven Cycle" begins in a dreamy, slow manner. The plot follows Blue, the only psychic in a non-psychic family, as she befriends a group of boys looking for the magical but exiled king Glendower. The boys and Blue stumble towards unknown mysteries and an uncertain fate. Near the end of this novel and through the subsequent installments, Stiefvater picks up the plot pace and character development. Readers: the beginning can be confusing, but picking up this book a second time after finishing the rest of the quartet will reveal nuances to the characters and their relationships that were unknown the first time around.
Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.