Review: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)

Review: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Also in this series: The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Released by Scholastic on 26 April 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 439
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780545424981
Source: Borrowed

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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.

At the beginning of this year, a friend of mine recommended me to read The Raven Cycle. She borrowed out her books to me, and after it got released, also gave me the fourth and final book The Raven King to read. I read the first three books and rather enjoyed them, but when I picked up that fourth book, I really couldn’t get myself to read past the first chapter. And so I put it down, and picked it up again, and put it down again. This month, I finally decided to pick up this fourth book and just finish it.

The Raven King is the conclusion to the story of Blue Sargent, Richard Gansey, Adam Parrish, Noah Czerny, and Ronan Lynch. Will they finally find Glendower? Will Gansey really die? All of this, we find out in this final instalment of the Raven Cycle.

Let me tell you, it took me so long to finish this book. I think I started it at the beginning of the month, and I honestly just kept putting it down and picking up other books as well. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, in fact, I rather enjoyed it, but the previous three had been a bit too much I guess. For some reason, this story refused to stick in my mind and I was confused so many times while reading all four books.

I mean I got the general storyline, but honestly, there was just too much going on at the same time, and I really didn’t know how it was all supposed to be connected. The Raven King did connect these stories together in the end, and I am grateful for that, but I don’t know – as much as I loved the characters and the magic-y feel of these books, I just didn’t love them enough. 

Like I said, I loved the characters in this series; Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah, the women of 300 Fox Way; all of the characters were great. There was a little romance in this series, but it wasn’t overpowering at all. View Spoiler » As for the baddies, every book seemed to have a new bad guy and that annoyed me a bit. This book still had Piper Greenmantle, from the previous book, but then there were some new baddies added and I honestly don’t get why they were there. Why not keep Piper as the main baddie? Also, I don’t really get why Henry was suddenly added to the gang, why not add him before instead of just last-minute throwing him into the story?

It was still great writing, and that is something I really enjoyed about these books. I am honestly going to try to read more of Maggie’s books, though I am not sure which book I am picking up next. I did enjoy this series, but I don’t think it’ll become one of my favourite series of all time. I am glad I read them, so I now know what the hype is about, so I’d like to thank Lynn for not only recommending the books to me but actually lending out her entire series to me. I am so sorry I’ve kept these books for so long!

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