Published: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 439 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 3.5/5.0
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.
The Raven King is probably one of the most anticipated releases of the entirety of 2016 and I was so excited to get my hands on it. The final installment of the Raven Cycle series was glorious to be hold in its slightly pearlescent beauty and I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of it.
This was a good story, but I thought that the events were odd and didn’t really mesh all that well with the events in previous books. It worked, but I expected more PIZAZZ or fulfillment or something. I did love the conclusion though… it was perfect and totally normal. I had such a big smile on my face at the end that I was basically the Cheshire cat minus the occasional invisibility.
Gansey, Blue, Ronan, and Adam have each come very far in terms of character development since the first book. Each character meshes with the others so well and their relationship dynamics are so realistic- Maggie Stiefvater writes the best characters! There was one bump in the road though and that was Henry Cheng. I liked him- he fit in well with the others but he was really unnecessary, as was the whole Seondok aspect of the story. The addition of Henry Cheng seemed kind of last minute and wasn’t as seamlessly blended into the weft of the storyline.
Overall, I’m disappointed that this series started out so much stronger than it finished. The Raven King was a letdown in some ways, but it made me ridiculously happy in others. The lackluster appearance of Glendower was probably the most disappointing part of the whole book because I was SO ready for it to be this big magical fanfare, but it was so emotionless for me. I barely even cared. Did anyone else feel like this or am I just totally in left field?