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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) | Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Published by: Scholastic Press Publication date: April 26th 2016 Image sourced from Goodreads

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 was pretty excited for this book when it FINALLY came out, as I’m sure many other readers were! Then life got in the way and it took me a month between getting my hands on the book and actually reading it. And I’m kind of glad I waited, it somewhat lessened my disappointment.

Setting. The setting is pretty same ol’ same ol’ to the previous books, but we see it in a new light and yet it didn’t seem quite as magical as before.

Characters. The characters seemed to be stretched thin in this book—and not just the main characters, but the minor characters were almost non-existent. We didn’t learn much new about them and they also seemed to change in ways unexpected and they didn’t seem like themselves anymore. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there was a character who—though they were in the other books—appeared out of nowhere to play a pivotal role, as if the quest couldn’t have possibly progressed without them. Also, there is a relationship that springs up for no reason that I can tell besides to add the ‘inclusiveness’ of an LGBTQIA+ aspect. I don’t feel like those characters fit together romantically but I guess that can easily be dismissed as the unexpectedness of ‘love.’

Plot. Blue Lily, Lily Blue built up so much and so many things happen that of course, there were lots of expectations for the conclusion to the series. But nothing happened. For at least two thirds of the book, I was incredibly bored. Stuff started to happen eventually, and it still wasn’t very exciting. The ending was terrible anticlimactic and barely anything is actually explained. I didn’t relate to the characters and so I didn’t connect to what was happening.

Writing. I think that most of my problems with the characters and plot were to do with the writing. Yes, like everyone says, Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is beautiful and poetic and I agree. But this also means I found the whole of this series very difficult to get into. I like the quirky characters and their epic quest, but I think I would have enjoyed these books far more if they were written more simply with a focus on those rather than on beautiful writing.

3.5/5 stars

Please Note: all opinions are mine and are not endorsed with any company or organization. 

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One thought on “The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) | Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I agree with you that the writing is beautiful but it also makes me disconnect from what is actually happening 😦 I was pretty excited for this book but it just left me thinking why most of the time.

    I did actually love the LGBT relationship but I was shipping them from Blue Lily Lily Blue so it was the main high point of the book for me XD

    Great review 🙂

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