The Raven King: The Raven Cycle Review

The Raven King: The Raven Cycle (Book 4)

by Maggie Stiefvater

 “For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into his mission: Ronan, who steals from dreams,; Adam, whose life is no longer her own; Noah, whose life is no longer a life; and Blue, who loves Gansey…and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Nothing dead is to be trusted.

Now the endgame has begun.

Nothing living is safe.

Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.”

I read the rest of the series earlier in the year (The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily Lily Blue), but I kept on putting The Raven King on hold, as I just did not want the story to end. You definitely need to have read the rest of the series before reading this book.

After trapping Neeve and Piper Greenmantle in a cave while rescuing Gwenllian and Artemus, Gansey, Blue, Ronan and Adam are still trying to find a way to Glendower. However, Piper and Neeve are not dead and now have the help of a demon.

Oh my, I do not know why I put this book off for so long! This has to be the best book of the series, it was so pacey and everything tied up together, without much ‘new’ happening, as we already know about Cabeswater, Ronan’s dreaming, Blue’s channeling power and Adam’s magical link.

I think my favourite characters have to be Gansey, Blue and Ronan, Adam has come up in my estimations again. I loved getting to know Henry better and learning about Robobee. I enjoyed learning more about the criminal underworld side to it, also getting to know more about Declan and why he is the way he is.

I cannot pick a favourite part, but there was very little I did not like. I went through several emotions, I did manage to not cry, but I did laugh quite a few times. Because of the paciness I did not want to put it down and read it in a couple of days, there was just so much going on, it was fantastic. There were a few twists and turns, but nothing was too shocking to ruin the ride I was on.

This is the last of The Raven Cycle, so it was tied up, but open enough to lead onto the new trilogy based on Ronan.

While reading it, I described it as the closure to a long quest with magic and dreams. I would recommend it to adults and teenagers. 4.5 out of 5.

The Raven King





  • Storyline
  • Characters
  • Pacing

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