Title: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Fourth book in The Raven Cycle
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Paranormal
My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED this book!
What it’s about:
Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.
For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.
Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.
“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.”
Aww man. I can’t believe this series is over. I’ve been savouring this book for days now, taking my sweet time with it, but all good things must come to an end sooner or later. And I must say, this has become one of my all-time favorite series. It’s just so unique and magical and so beautifully written. And though I wasn’t completely sold at first, I was quickly forced to reconsider because this series really is a piece of art.
All the elements that made the previous books in the series stand out for me are still present in this final chapter: the gorgeous and atmospheric writing, the completely real, relatable and lovable characters, the family and friendship dynamics, the subtle but gorgeous romance and the intrigues of the magical realism.
Other things I really liked about this finale? More Henry. Gwenllian. Pynch. Blue and Gansey and Noah. The Lynch Brothers. The Magician. The ladies at 300 Fox Way. Pynch. Toga parties. The kissing. Rainstormy kisses and doomed kisses. OMG, Pynch. Basically all of this book was just amazing.
As a finale, I really liked The Raven King. It gave some answers and still left enough open for speculation. That makes it feel like the journey may be over, but more is still out there to discover and I feel like this helps the reader to take this story with them in the future. Not all answers are needed, sometimes it’s nice to just wonder and this finale really captured that feeling.
However, I do have one teensy tiny complaint. The ending just felt a little rushed. I know I just said that I don’t need to have all the answers, but I’m talking about the emotional impact here. I felt like the ending lacked some emotional punch. Yes, it made me cry, but I kind of felt like I should have cried harder? If that even makes sense? It just felt like some scenes at the ending were too short and too rushed.
HOWEVER, don’t get me wrong. This book and this series is phenomenal! I loved it and I would recommend everyone to read it. Because only for the gorgeous writing and the amazing characters, this is already a masterpiece. Add to that masterpiece the magically intriguing plot, character dynamics and romance and you have one gem of series.
“His feelings for Adam were an oil spill; he’d let them overflow and now there wasn’t a damn place in the ocean that wouldn’t catch fire if he dropped a match.”
“I stopped asking how. I just did it. The head is too wise. The heart is all fire.”
“Adam smiled cheerily. Ronan would start wars and burn cities for that true smile, elastic and amiable.”
“No homework. I got suspended,” Blue replied.
“Get the fuck out,” Ronan said, but with admiration. “Sargent, you asshole.”
“It wasn’t that Henry was less of himself in English. He was less of himself out loud. His native language was thought.”
“You’re asking me to define an abstract concept that no one has managed to explain since time began. You sort of sprang it on me,” Gansey said. “Why do we breathe air? Because we love air? Because we don’t want to suffocate. Why do we eat? Because we don’t want to starve. How do I know I love her? Because I can sleep after I talk to her. Why?”
“The kitchen window groaned open, and Jimi shouted out, “Blue! Your boys are out front, looking like they’re fixing to bury a body.”
Again? Blue thought.”
“On the outside, the three Lynch brothers appeared remarkably dissimilar: Declan, a butter-smooth politician; Ronan, a bull in a china-shop world; Matthew, a sunlit child. On the inside, the Lynch brothers were remarkably similar: They all loved cars, themselves, and each other.”