Book Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Book 4 of The Raven Cycle)
So here we are. At the end of another series. It always feel strange finishing up a series. You live and breath these characters for so long it’s almost a culture shock to try and pick up another book.
So book four picks up right where book 3 left off, only a week after making it out of the collapsing cave and facing off against Piper. Piper along with Neeve, has woken the third sleeper, you know, they one they had been warned not to wake. Something is wrong with Cabeswater. It is slowly becoming dark and dangerous. Time is running out for the crew as they desperately try to find Glendower before the third woken sleeper destroys it, and them all along with it. Relationships take unexpected turns within the group, Ronan accidentally brings someone back from a dream, Blue finds out shocking information about her father (and thus herself), and the imminent predicted death of Gansey is fast approaching.
Overall I would have to say I am fairly satisfied with the way the story ended. I had an idea of how the whole “true love” curse was going to play out with Blue and Gansey and I feel I was pretty right on track with that, so nothing really shocking there (other than the method in which he was resurrected, I wasn’t really sure how that was going to play out). A few things that I was not expecting, however, were who (what?) the third woken sleeper would be, and it’s mission to “unmake” if you will, the revelation about Blues true heritage and what her father was, and finally the relationship between Adam and Ronan. I will say I was disappointed that Glendower was long gone, no wish to be had from the lost king. It really seemed like the whole series was so fate and destiny driven, almost as if all their life’s choices and circumstances brought them all together for this one thing only to have it totally not be about that one thing at all. I was slightly annoyed with the introduction of Henry into the group, but he grew on me so I got over it. I do have a couple unresolved questions though. What happened with Mr. Grey and Maura? Do they live happily ever after? Do the rare/magical artifact dealers just give up on Henrietta and leave everyone alone? Laumonier just split after killing Piper and never looked back? These are the unanswered things that drive me nuts in a book but Maggie did leave it pretty opened ended, which leads me to believe it could possibly be revisited in the future so maybe it isn’t the end for the crew? Do I smell a spin off?
I think I had higher hopes for the ending which may have left me a tad disappointed but not so much so that I felt like I’d wasted time reading the series. I did enjoy it overall, the characters are all great and work well together. Even the cranky, ornary ones (ahem, Ronan) are really quite endearing. There is the perfect touch of magic and mysticism in the series along with some great villains and nail biting suspense, especially at the end of the series. I would recommend it to anyone in the mood for an urban fantasy.
See y’all next week!
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