The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King

 

To say this entire series has left me with a book hangover would be an understatement, I’m so sad it’s all over. I would give anything for Maggie Stiefvater to do a follow on book about the psychics in 300 Fox Way or a book about Ronan and his strange family or even a collection of books about each character and what happened after…sigh. By now you can see the effects of the book hangover, this book series was unbelievable and this book was the perfect ending for me.

The Raven King is the final book in The Raven Cycle series; it wraps up all the questions that have been asked over the past 3 novels and in true style adds a few more mysteries to keep the plot intriguing. The main theme of the series is to find Glendower, an ancient Welsh King buried in Cabeswater. Upon waking him a wish will be granted but the boys and Blue uncover lots of trouble and mysteries before even finding their King.

So much happens in this book and it is hard to review it without any spoilers but I can say that most of what happens is exactly what I would have wanted to happen with the characters with a few surprises included for good measure. Having followed all of the characters over the 3 previous books it’s easy to care for them and I have to say this series makes sure their readers care. Ronan, Adam, Gansey and Blue are the perfect team for their adventure and it was nice to have an additional person in this book in the form of Henry Cheng. He is an intelligent boy from Aglionby and friends of the boys but they find him important to their journey because of his intelligent pocket companion, a computerized bee which is like a small drone that can be the eyes and ears of the person controlling it.

The villains in this series are something I could never have expected, with magic and spiritual power dominating the books plot, the villains range from hitmen to demons and more. Every time the boys and Blue think they are on a straight path something new steps in the way to cause havoc. However this keeps the book mysterious, exciting and fun.

I gave The Raven King a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, for me it was the perfect ending in that it wrapped up all the questions and mysteries created over the previous books. I am just so sad that this series is over now and I think there is so much potential for there to be follow-on books. If you haven’t heard about this series yet I can guarantee you’ll need it in your life, go check it out.  

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