Book Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King
by Maggie Stiefvater
E-book edition, 400 pages
Published April 26th, 2016 by Scholastic

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.”

“This was the year he was going to die.”

Here we are. After 4 books and countless broken hearts, we’re finally at the end. I finally brace myself and read this book. And I have to admit, it was both dissapointing and amazing as a finale.
I’m really thrilled that the pace really picks up in this book. It wasn’t as slow as the other books on the first half, and it picks up even more on the second half. So many things are happening I literally speed reading my book because I can’t wait to know what happened next.
The stakes are also getting higher, with the Demon awakened on the last book. It basically has affected all the women in 300 Fox Way and the sleepy old town Henrietta. It’s really creepy watching the Demon hurt everyone and everything, and there are so.many.deaths. We could see how literally the whole town (maybe more) is at stake in this book!
The writing style is as gorgeous as ever. The whole experience is just surreal because of the way Maggie writes it. It’s like, the whole Raven Cycle journey, I’ve been suspended between dreams and reality and watching everything unravel.
The relationship between the characters is really my favorite thing about this book. We could see how much they care for each other, how far they’d go to save each other. I love the friendship, but sadly I feel nothing for the romance. I mean, I feel something for Adam/Ronan, but nothing for Blue/Gansey. I guess that’s because I also don’t care for Blue and Gansey individually (sorry guys!)
Now here’s a list of some things that I disliked about this book.
  • The Grey Man story in this book doesn’t have a statisfying ending.
  • What the hell is actually happened with Noah in this book? What was the point of him staying for so long? Does he give his life for Gansey or what? SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN.
  • I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: Noah Czerny deserves better. All this time he’s been treated as a supernatural EMF. Whenever something bad happening, Noah would go bad. His talking moment with the boys are really small, and it’s like he’s not even part of the gang in this book!
  • I know I said I want to know more of Henry Cheng, but that doesn’t mean like this! It’s like he’s replacing Noah as the 4th member of the group!
  • So… if Gansey is not Glendower, than how come his voice could command the dead? Who’s the voice that talking to him all those years ago when he was dying?? AND DON’T SAY MAGIC. I want an explanation of what actually happening and what is Gansey for real, and saying it’s magic is such a lazy explanation.
  • Also, what the deal with the deathly blue kiss? What makes it so deadly? She kissed him and that’s it? He’s dead??? No explanation AGAIN??
So overall, I think it’s a pretty statisfying ending. It has so many holes sure, but it was a pleasant experience reading and wandering around in pursuit for the dead welsh king.  

12 thoughts on “Book Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I really, really loved everything about this book. Even though there were questions left unanswered, I think that was okay. Life doesn't give you all the answers, and I think that by having it this way, The Raven King is more true to life than a lot of other books that finish off a series!

    I am just happy that Ronan and Adam happened. If that ship had not sailed, I would have been extremely disappointed.

    I'm glad you liked this one overall, Tasya!


  2. Sometimes I love open ending, but this book just have too many and most of them are about the thing I'm dying to know so I'm really dissapointed in that matters 😦 YES! That ship is my otp in this book!<33


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