Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven King
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle, Book Four
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 26 April 2016
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

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.
(summary from Goodreads)

The Raven King is the perfect conclusion to Maggie Stiefvater's lush and magical The Raven Cycle.

This whole series is something really special. I'll say again how it blew my mind because of how imaginative, beautiful and emotional it is. Awe is my favourite word when it comes to Stiefvater's works and it's definitely no different for The Raven King. I'm forever in awe of Stiefvater's skill. The way she brings all the many tidbits together to weave the ultimate big picture is brilliant. I loved that moment in The Raven King, when I could see and understand everything the series had been building towards, how it was so much more connected than I could have realised. It's stunning. The end isn't overly climactic. It's not action packed or quite what I was expecting even. I liked that. It's really intense, in that subtle, quiet sort of way that is the tone of so much of this series, where you're completely immersed and practically holding your breath in anticipation. I'm thoroughly satisfied with how Stiefvater ended this series. I want more, of course. I will always want more because it's just that good, but I'm happy with how she left everything and all my beloved characters. 

Throughout The Raven Cycle Stiefvater has had multiple point of views, and The Raven King switches between the most. I've always loved that we got the point of views of the bad guys. They're creepy and chilling, allowing further insight, an alternate perspective to the story. That and Stiefvater just imagines up such weird and wonder...wait, no, just plain weird - and scary. This time around we have Piper, the Darkness that was awoken in the previous book, and a set of triplets who are so identical in every way they go by just one name. Super creepy. Should we be worried Stiefvater has such an imagination? Nah. As long as it's used to create fictional worlds and characters only, we should be fine. Maybe. I was glad to be back on adventure with Blue and her Raven Boys too. I'm beyond sad this is my last with them. The thing I loved best about The Raven King is the romances! Hallelujah, resolution! I was a giddy mess for the romances, no doubt about it. Grinning, squealing and flailing all 'round! Of course there's still a lot of wrenching heartache too - of course! It wouldn't be a Stiefvater novel if we weren't both reveling in the love and sobbing from the pain, am I right? The Raven King cemented my being a fan of Adam, finally, and I really enjoyed how other characters, such as Mr Gray, the Orphan Girl and Henry, had bigger roles to play. The resolution, how so much changes yet so much stays the same, really satisfied me. It was, as I said, perfect. 

If you have yet to read The Raven Cycle, what are you waiting for? Go now! The Raven King is a bittersweet ending. 



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