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The Raven King, by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle, Book 4
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. 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.
In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”
I had great expectations for this book. So many things I wanted, so many questions to be answered: Will Gansey and Blue actually kiss, thus resulting in his death as the author promised? And most importantly for my wee Pynch heart: will there actually be an Adam and Ronan kiss on page?
The Raven King answered all my questions, and in fact far exceeded my expectations!!
Two quotes stuck with me (ok let’s be real, I highlighted so many parts in this book). The first is spoken by Gwenllian of the towering hair:
“I stopped asking how. I just did it. The head is too wise. The heart is all fire.”
Throughout the book most of the characters took this to heart. Led by their heart and emotions, which manifested in some amazingly poignant scenes. I am calling this as the main theme of this book right now!
Finally, he’d thought, he’d found them. We instead of you and me.
Spoken by Gansey. This stuck with me as, yes, the main goal throughout the books was finding Glendower! That has been shouted from Book 1. But really these books, and TRK in particular, are about so much more than that. Relationships are an overarching theme, and they are so well explored. This is what drives this book and really resonated with me.
- The relationship between Blue and her boys, the love she has for them all and they for her, shown in different ways that fit their character but no less LOVE!
- The relationship between all the women at 300 Fox Way.
- Even that between Cabeswater and Ronan and Adam.
Notable relationships though:
Blue and Ronan: one of my favourites. My spiky marshmallow™ likes to act like he cares for nothing when that is the furthest thing from the truth. Ronan taking pride in Blue being suspended from school was one of my many favourite moments.
Adam and Ronan: Look, I was promised a kiss! The slow subtle build up to this moment was everything. Seeing Adam through Ronan’s eyes was magical. And Stiefvater is so good at creating imagery from her words that I was flailing through every scene.
So all this is to say 5 dreamy stars for the Raven King!!
Things you will probably do when you read this:
- Cry some more
- Die of shock
- Reach the end and not know how to go on with your life as normal 😉
I can’t recommend this book enough. I am extremely satisfied with how it all ended.
I am Maggie Stiefvater. I write books. Some are about dead Welsh kings. Some are about werewolf nookie. Some are about neither.
I have been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. I play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), I still make art, and I recently acquired and unacquired a race car.
I live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my husband, my two children, some cows, three dogs who fart recreationally, a criminally insane cat, an interminable number of miniature silky fainting goats, and one 1973 Camaro named Loki.
I like things that go.