EW’s Sara Vilkomerson called Maggie Stiefvater “one of the finest YA novelists writing today,” and that’s a sentiment fans of the genre can get behind. Her best-selling and lyrically written Shiver trilogy won over teens and critics alike, and her latest book The Scorpio Races rightfully landed on the New York Times‘ list of five best young adult novels of 2011.

Her upcoming novel The Raven Boys (Sept. 18) kicks off a new series of four books. It seems to be an old-school young adult novel, full of mystery on an epic scale. Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey, III has family money, good looks, and tons of friends, but something’s missing from his life: He won’t stop searching for Glendower, a vanished Welsh king, who — legend has it — will grant one wish to the one who finds him. Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble. When Gansey and his fellow Raven Boys come into her life, Blue realizes how true this is. She never thought her fortune would be a problem. But now she’s not so sure.

Intrigued? Check out the first two chapters of The Raven Boys below!

What do you think of the never-before-read chapters? Are you counting down the days until Sept. 18?

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