|“||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 T. Lynch
College student in Washington, D.C.
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 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 Declan, while being beat up and threatened, refuses to tell a hit man that Ronan has the same ability.
He lives in a dormitory at Aglionby until his graduation, after which he moves from Henrietta to a townhouse in Alexandria to attend college in Washington, D.C. He still makes a four-hour drive to Henrietta 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.
Declan acts very professional and much like a businessman. He is very protective of his two brothers, despite not being on good terms with Ronan.
Declan has dark brown hair, blue eyes, a sharp nose, a wide jaw and smile, and a solid build. He is very handsome.
Ronan Lynch Edit
Declan and his brother Ronan stopped getting along after their father died. Nevertheless, all three of the Lynch brothers go to church every Sunday and sit next to one another. Despite their uneasy relationship, they both seem to care about each other, even if they don't show it. In The Raven King, both of them seem to get along much better after they come to the understanding that they had experienced two very different sides of their father.
Matthew Lynch Edit
Both Declan and Ronan feel very protective of their younger brother. Unlike Ronan, Declan has also known for a long time that Matthew is 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 favorite son. Niall would talk about Ronan's birth like it was a fantastic event, but when Declan asked about his own, he would answer, flatly, "Wouldn't know. I wasn't there." Declan probably loved his father, but he 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.
- He 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."
- He is also described as Niall Lynch's "most natural son," leading some fans to speculate that he is not in fact Aurora's biological son.
- 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.