Book Review of “The Raven King” by Maggie Stiefvater

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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. (from Goodreads) I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

I had originally posted a review last night after I had finished the book, which in retrospect probably was not a good idea, as I was so confused about the ending. Now that I have re-read it, read other blogs, and spoke with a few people. I am far less confused, and can truly say, I loved this book!

Maggie has such a beautiful writing style, and for the first time in a long time, I felt attached to the characters. I was drawn in, and stayed in the world of Henrietta from “The Raven Boys” all the way to “The Raven King” I even had bits and pieces of the book carry over into my dreams. Usually I get really burnt out when a series is longer than 3 books. Not the case with this series, I actually really want more!  I envied the friendship that was formed between the boys and Blue. I think they were all drawn together for a purpose, and they all made the weakest part of each other, stronger. They were exactly what they needed to one another. What a beautiful thing.

Without spoiling, because I’m sure some of my followers, have not read this series. It did not end as I thought it would. However, I really thought the ending was perfect for every character. (except maybe Noah) There really is one burning question that I have left. But I wont post it on here, so I do not spoil it for anyone.

“It was just that there was something newly powerful about this assembled family in the car. They were all growing up and into each other like trees striving together for the sun.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King