Review: The Raven King

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

I really enjoyed this series, from when I started with the first, fighting through the second (my least favorite of the series), and again loving the third. Yet, for some reason, I could not get myself excited for this finale. I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately, it’s been really hard for me to keep myself excited for books that I have been anticipating. Though, for this series, I think part of it is because, while I really enjoyed them, I’ve never been all that excited about the series in general. It’s one of those that I kind of have to force myself to read, but end up enjoying in the end.

This had to be the darkest of the series, and it was really interesting watching everything that slowly built up through the series finally come to a breaking point in this. I also really liked Henry’s larger involvement. In general, it felt so grown up, all the gang were taking on responsibilities of a much older individual, and they had all come to terms with their situations and figured out who they wanted to be in the world. Beyond the maturity of the characters, I liked how all the little things from all the previous books – especially the second – knitted together and gave us the whole picture of this complex and large scale world that Stiefvater created.

The writing, like in all the others books, remains ethereal and poignant. All the voices are distinctive and clear, the imagery dramatic and vivid. The story itself was brought to a wonderful climax and conclusion, and I really appreciated that while everything was resolved, and in a way that will please the readers, it wasn’t necessarily that tidy, it was pretty rough actually. Overall, like all the others, I was glad I read it, and I really enjoyed it. Great conclusion to such a unique series.

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4 thoughts on “Review: The Raven King

  1. I tried the first book and got less than 50 pages in before I realized this book and I were just not gonna get along. I really think it’s a case of me not gelling with the author’s style because I have zero interest in any of Stiefvater’s works and was really only taking a chance on TRB because everyone swore it was so damn good. 😡

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