The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Saturday, May 28th 2016

 Depending on where you began the story, it was about this place: the long stretch of mountain that straddled a particularly potent segment of the ley line.

 

The Review
The Raven Cycle has finally come to an end with the fourth and final installment of The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. Stiefvater wrote on her blog: I am really, really looking forward to the 26th, guys. I hope you love it or hate it, nothing in between. For an author to encourage the fandom of her series to stand strong on their feelings about the book they have written truly shows the passion in her writing style. The entire experiences of The Raven Cycle is ever growing, with my fan arts, fan fics or just the entire fandom itself constantly reaching new heights. What I love most is Stiefvaters willingness to connect with the fandom directly. You can find her on her blog constantly reposting fan images of her characters or supporting conversations others are having about the characters. The authors connection to not only her characters but also the fandom is what really brings pulls the heartstring of this empire. You can always find Maggie Stiefvater directly connecting to the fandom of The Raven Cycle, since she’s constantly answering questions, or just interacting with the readers from all over the net.

I sit here in the dark,trying to write a review for a book series that is more than just a string of decent words put together to sell in a book store. This series means so much to me in ways that will never be clearly expressed in words. The fact that the adventure for Blue and her Raven Boys is finally over really brings me joy but a much heavier sorrow because I really didn’t want this adventure to end. I’m just overwhelmed. I ever read a book in which I was in love with not just one protagonist but all the protagonist, Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Adam and Noah. I don’t feel that simple five star rating can really illustrate how amazing this series is.

The Raven King will make your heart stop, shatter, then mend together again. It makes you laugh, cry, then makes you wrap your arms around the book when you finally read the last page and there is no more to be read. The characters are everything. They are the story. The end of the story was told in the first book then retold on the last page of the last book. Maggie Stiefvater honestly wrapped up the entire series before the series was ever finished. She’s such an amazing writer that I feel I connected to the characters even after the series is over.

Outside of Henrietta, nestled on the ley line, something dark watched all this, everything in the Henrietta night, and said, I’m awake I’m awake I’m awake.

Maggie Stiefvater has away with words that you can not really compare to any other author. Words are so simply used. We use words every day. Words we have known our entire lives have a different tone when written my Stiefvater. They have such power, words. They have such strength, words. I felt this with the character Gansey. I felt this thought the actions of Adam & Ronan. I felt this with the unseating heart of Noah. Stiefvater manages to make something more than just characters or a plot, it’s a lesson. She has a way of creating stories, sounds more like an epic poetry than anything else.
This is an amazing series and I encourage everyone to read it, to meet these amazing characters that will alway haunt my heart.

 

The relationship between the characters definitely changed by the end of TRK. The relationship I want to focus on the most is Ronan and Blue. At the very beginning of the series Ronan was a complete asshat towards Blue. They couldn’t seem to stop growling at each other. Ronan would always having something to say while Blue always had a retort to his comments in some manner. The dramatic differences between the two is so good to see. The events that occurred during Blue Lily, Lily Blue really brought them together in ways that no words can truly describe. I love how Ronan always encouraged Sargents bad behavior. I feel that Ronan sees Blue almost like a little sister he never had.

The singular scene in the novel that held my heart in suspense was Adam point of perspective blind folded. If you haven’t read the book yet then I won’t spoil it for you, but that moment is extremely intense. I’m also very proud of Adam during the epilogue.

Sweet loving Noah…

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

2 Responses to: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Review

  1. On Saturday, May 28th 2016 kmmontemayor said:

    Great review! I really need to read this series!

  2. On Saturday, May 28th 2016 Lia said:

    Thank you! It’s a great series, I seriously rec you listen to the audiobook Will Patton voice is honey! I mean HONEY to ears!



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