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REVIEW: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Series: The Raven Cycle #4

Published: April 26 2016, Scholastic

My copy: Hardcover, 438 pages

My rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary: 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. [Goodreads]


SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST THREE BOOKS: TRB, TDT, BLLB

I was so excited for this book, but when I finished it, I just felt so. . . unsatisfied. There has been so much build up to this ‘epic conclusion’ to the Raven Cycle, but when I got to the last page, I was disappointed. Everything leading up to the ending was what I loved about the first three books, it was funny, scary, magical, but the ending wasn’t what I was hoping.

“Make way,” they said together.

Ronan’s eyes darted to Gansey.

“Make way for the Raven King,” they said together.

The beginning of the story was so interesting to me, with Cabeswater falling apart, Gansey and Blue not admitting that they are clearly in love, and so many other things that got me pumped for the ending. Henry Cheng becomes a larger part of the story, which made me so happy, and there are so many different plotlines that were going to come together and then they just didn’t. The problems with Blue and her father were so interesting, there was a storyline for Piper Greenmantle and the Gray Man, so many amazing plots that could’ve come together to resolve and make me happy, but instead, the ending was not only anticlimactic to me, but so much ended up not being tied up in my mind that I just wasn’t as pleased as I wanted to be.

Aside from the ending, I was pretty happy with the book. There were times I felt like some chapters were not necessary, but I adored the scenes with Blue, Ronan, Adam and Gansey, and I loved how the friendships and relationships have developed throughout the series. I wish Noah was in this book more (because he is so cute and smudgy) and I wish we got more time with the main group, because that should be the focus of the story. To me, The Raven Cycle is about friendship, and it felt like this book lost track of that and got swept up in the drama and the secondary characters that really didn’t matter in the end.

However, every time the whole group was together I was happy. I love these character so much, and that isn’t going to change just because  I didn’t think they got the ending they deserved. When I first finished the book, I gave it 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads, but now that I’ve been able to talk about it, I’m giving it a 3.5/5. I just don’t have a good feeling after reading it, and instead of feeling sad that the series is over and happy about the ending, I just felt hollow. Maybe I got my hopes too high up, but this just wasn’t as good or as satisfying as I had hoped it would be.

What did you think of The Raven King (if you’ve read it)? Let me know!

Until next time, happy reading!

Julia 🙂

2 comments on “REVIEW: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I love this series. I just finished reading The Raven King a few hours ago and I’m still reeling in from the events and emotions. Like you, I felt this sort of unsatisfaction with the ending and it was probably because so much was happening in the final book and there weren’t enough chapters aha. But anyway, I am extremely happy for this bunch and it was a real great adventure to see the squad’s growth. 🙂

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