|“||Fine. He's your dog, Gansey. You leash him. Keep him from getting kicked out of Aglionby. I wash my hands of him.||”|
—Declan, to Gansey during his fight with Ronan.
Declan is the eldest of the three Lynch brothers, and after the death of their father became the executor of the family's twenty-three million dollar trust fund. As such he controls the purse strings and feels responsible for both of his brothers, although it is stated in the first book that Gansey doesn't believe Declan knows how to deal with Ronan anymore.
Although Declan and Ronan do not get along, it is made clear in The Dream Thieves that Declan is and has been protecting Ronan for many years, keeping the secret that Ronan, like their father, has the ability to remove objects and living creatures from his dreams. It was this ability that got their father killed, and knowing this Declan refuses to tell a hit man that Ronan has the same ability, even when being threatened with a slow and painful death himself.
He stays at the dorms on the school grounds of Aglionby until his graduation, after which he leaves Henrietta to attend college in Washington, D.C., but he actually lives in Alexandria, Virginia, staying in a townhouse. He still makes a four-hour drive back every Sunday so that the brothers can continue their tradition of attending church together.
Declan is politically ambitious and is said to have an internship with a political man called Mark Randal.
Gansey calls Declan a 'man-whore', because he has sex with girls and dumps them the next day for another (though it should be noted that he seems to have a fairly stable relationship with Ashley.)
Declan has dark brown hair, blue eyes, sharp nose, wide jaw and smile and a solid build.
Ronan Lynch Edit
In the novel it is shown that him and his brother Ronan have a strong dislike towards one another, having fought outside Nino's diner once. Although the Lynch brothers don't get along, all three of them go to church every Sunday and sit next to one-another. However, they both seem to care about each other, just not openly, as is shown when Declan refuses to out Ronan despite being threatened with a slow and painful death by a hitman and is reciprocated by Ronan when he expresses concern over his sleeping habits. In The Raven King, both of them seem to get along much better, with both of them coming to an understanding that they had experienced two very different sides of their father.
Matthew Lynch Edit
Both Declan and Ronan have very protective, proud, parental feelings towards their younger brother. Unlike Ronan, Declan has also known for a great deal of time that Matthew is not in fact their biological brother, but rather a dream creature that Ronan brought into the world when he was three years old.
Niall Lynch Edit
Niall always made it very clear to Declan that Ronan was his [Niall's] favorite. Niall would talk about Ronan's birth like it was a fantastic event, but when Declan asked, he would answer, flatly, "Wouldn't know. I wasn't there." Declan probably loved his father. He was at least put down that Niall didn't really seem to care for him. Declan viewed Niall's dreaming as reckless and dangerous.
Since the first novel, he is shown to be in a steady relationship with a girl named Ashley. She is described as being close to Declan's age and having bleached blond hair.
- The Raven Boys (first appearance)
- The Dream Thieves
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue (only mentioned)
- The Raven King
- Declan is an insomniac, too.
- Declan owns a Volvo.
- Whenever Niall said his name, he only meant to say "Declan". And his birth, unlike the other Lynch kids', had no magical story.
- He is described by the author as the "other, less shiny brother."
- When Aurora is awakened from her dream sleep at the end of the second book, Declan is not present. He is also not present in any subsequent scenes where the other brothers visit her. (Presumably because he was not invited.)