I am thrilled beyond reason to be the next stop on the #TarotTour for Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. I am a huge fan of these books and just love the idea for this tour! What is this “Tarot Tour” you ask?
To celebrate the release of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, each blog on the #BlueLily #TarotTour is doing a Tarot Reading of THE RAVEN CYCLE series (past, present, and future!) based on an assigned tarot card. Author Maggie Stiefvater designed The Raven Cycle Tarot, a Major Arcana 22-card deck inspired by The Raven Cycle series. Each tour stop will be debuting the artwork for their assigned tarot card, as well as their interpretation. How fun is that?!?! The tour will run from November 1 to November 22.
Follow the full blog tour to see all 22 Tarot cards revealed, with an opportunity at each stop to win a Limited Edition The Raven Cycle Tarot Deck for yourself!
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The tarot is a divination system that uses a deck of cards to gain insight. Most decks are comprised of 78 cards divided into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, with each card being symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth. The Major Arcana are known as the “trump cards” because they impart messages of greater weight and significance than the Minor Arcana.
Learn more about the Major Arcana here.
There may be spoilers for The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves in my reading of the card!!
The Tower is card number 16, and represents sudden change and disaster. It can also represent a revelation.
Card 16 will not be welcomed by those who dislike change. It represents a sudden, dramatic upheaval or reversal in fortune. Usually change is gradual, giving us time to adapt, but sometimes it is quick and explosive. This is the action of the Tower. (http://learntarot.com/maj16.htm#description)
Bwa ha ha ha ha. Sudden change? Disaster? Revelations? Dramatic upheaval? Yeah, The Raven Cycle has The Tower ALL OVER IT!! I’ll try not to be too detailed in my spoilers but, yeah, MAJOR SPOILERS for The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves ahead!!! Note, this will not be complete. There are roughly a bajillion things that relate to this card in these books!
First, Blue lives in a house full of psychics. So, yeah, revelations galore! One of the first and most important is when Blue sees spirit Gansey on the Corpse Road (before she has even met him), foretelling his death sometime in the upcoming year. Of course the revelations don’t stop there. In book one alone we get at least one for each main character! As Blue, Gansey, and company continue to search for Glendower there are revelations about other characters, as well as the magic around Glendower.
And, oh the change! Blue becoming friends with Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah changes all their lives. And the hits just keep coming. Every time Gansey thinks he’s closer to finding Glendower something happens to require a change in his plan. People like the Gray Man show up and throw everything into upheaval. The ley line and Cabeswater (mystical forest!) seem to have ideas of their own. They have no respect for Gansey and company’s plans! And, of course, secrets revealed necessitate change.
Disaster? Blue has been told that if she kisses her true love he will die. Her aunt tells her that this is the year she’ll fall in love. Blue (who has never been able to see spirits before) sees the spirit of Gansey on the Corpse Road. Coincidence? Not likely! Disaster? Remains to be seen.
In the The Raven Boys, the tower card shows up in a reading Maura, Calla, and Persephone do for Barrington Whelk:
The three women scanned the cards again, looking for an answer to his question. Blue looked, too. She might not have had the sight, but she knew what the cards were supposed to mean. Her attention moved from the tower, which meant his life was about to change dramatically, to the last card in the reading, the page of cups.
It makes a reappearance in The Dream Thieves when Persephone does a reading with Adam:
“Put down four of them,” Persephone said. “No, three. Three. Past, present, future. Faceup.”
Carefully, Adam laid three cards on the table. The art in Persephone’s deck was dark, smudgy, barely visible in this dim light. The figures on them seemed to move. He read the words at the bottom of each:
The Tower. The Hanged Man. Nine of swords.
Persephone pursed her lips.
Adam’s eyes drifted from the first card, where men fell from a burning tower, to the second, where a man hung upside down from a burning tree. And then to the last, where a man wept in his hands.
Oh Adam. The tower card certainly does pertain to him and his life!
Since this book is still so new I’m going to be even more vague to avoid spoilers. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is full of the tower (aside from a literal stone tower that is there as well!) Again, we get many revelations that build off some of the sudden changes from The Dream Thieves. As Gansey gets deeper and deeper in the mystery of Glendower, more unexpected surprises show up to change everything. All decisions have higher stakes… it either ends well or in disaster. Cabeswater is still unpredictable and the characters still have secrets to reveal. Especially that Ronan. What a mysterious lovely wreck of a boy!
Oh man! There are so many specifics I want to explore here but they are far, far too spoilery!!!!
Only one thing I can say for sure… there will be tears! The tower lets us know that whatever plans Gansey, Blue, et al. make will likely have a wrench (or more likely a fast car!) thrown in them! Don’t get too attached to any plans. Or, really, to any specific characters. The tower has proven that you never know what is going to happen next.
I am really rooting for a sudden change in Gansey’s predicted death and Blue killing her true love with her kiss!!!! Disaster averted, kissing ensues!
About The Raven Cycle:
Mystery, Romance and the supernatural combine in this series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
Book 1: The Raven Boys (my review)
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, 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 Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
Book 2: The Dream Thieves (my review)
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after….
Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (my review)
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
About the Author:
Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing
today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.
Read the Prologue.
Listen to an audio excerpt.
Read by Will Patton, published by Scholastic Audio in 2014. Music by Kate Hummel.
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