The Raven King ~ Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

Rating: 4/5

The final culmination of The Raven Cycle series wraps up everything that’s been opened so far in the story of Blue Sargent and her Raven Boys. I found this to be one of the most satisfactory endings I’ve read in a long time.

Ultimately, the character development in this series, from start to finish, was pretty amazing. I loved falling in love with these characters, people I wouldn’t necessarily like without spending copious amounts of time with, over the course of the 1000+ pages Stiefvater spent with them. Their relationships with one another reminded me of my own strong friendships in high school and college, friendships that weave together in many ways over time.

Of course, by this point in the series we’ve had SO MANY pages to know that we’re getting ever closer to Gansey’s death and some trauma for Blue and the others. However, there’s still that hope that the author might deliver an alternative, some kind of problem solving genius that one of them might come up with since they are the ones that know Cabeswater better than anyone else. The level of intensity definitely feels heightened in this book, making it a much faster reading experience.

The character development continues to be the strongest element of the series, and there are definitely some big moments where they have to go head to head with who they believe they are and who they would like to be. There’s a lot of emotional processing to be done in these last 400 pages, and man is it just an experience to read. I still don’t think this book was good enough to merit me recommending the entire series, but I hear that there’s a big audience for this kind of book, so if this is your thing, go for it.

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