**Warning! If you haven’t read the first three books in The Raven Cycle quartet by Maggie Stiefvater, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of The Raven Boys (book one), The Dream Thieves (book two) and Blue Lily, Lily Blue (book three) if you haven’t started the series yet!**
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater is the fourth and final book in The Raven Cycle series and it is one that I could not get my hands on quick enough (seriously, I preordered the hardback AND the kindle versions). Having fallen madly and deeply in love with Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah, I couldn’t wait to spend more of my time in Henrietta and Cabeswater while the gang tries to navigate the mystery of Glendower. It’s long and sometimes slow moving journey but I have truly savored every moment. The Raven King is now my favorite book in the quartet and I can absolutely foresee myself re-reading this series for years to come. I also have to note that I was so nervous going into this book because it’s the end of an era but after reading the prologue I was confident this couldn’t warrant anything less than 5 stars.
One of the top three reasons I keep returning to this series(as I’ve stated in my reviews of the past three books) is the characters. I cannot let go of them. Stiefvater created such an intricate group of friends who’s bond with one another is stronger than anything else. They love each other deeply in the way that only real friends can and in typical high school fashion, theirs is the most important relationship in their lives. The lengths that they’ll go for each other and the way they feel each others pain is truly inspiring and griping. Gansey remains my favorite Raven Boy with Ronan as a close second. I also must note how swoonworthy all of the romance in The Raven King is. It’s the sweet kind of slow burn that’ll have you begging for more.
The stakes are at their highest in The Raven King as the search for Glendower draws to a close. It’s so heartbreaking to see Gansey wonder what he’ll have to live for after the search that consumed the majority of his life ceases to continue. Plus there’s that whole event that’s been foreshadowed since The Raven Cycle that my poor heart would never be ready to contend with. All of the characters see a balanced amount of story time in The Raven King although we see more Henry Cheng and the jury is still out on him for me. I think I may enjoy him more during a re-read but I didn’t want him to take any page time away from my precious Raven Boys and I can honestly say that is my only complaint for this book.
Final Thoughts: The way I felt while reading The Raven King is something that I cannot accurately describe. I feel so attached to this series, to these characters, and to the world of Henrietta and Cabeswater that I know this is a series that will be lurking around in my heart forever. The Raven King is a book that I hugged multiple times while reading it and after finishing it. If you can’t decide whether this series is for you or you’ve tried to read the first book but had trouble with the slow pace, I would urge you to give it another try. I cannot sing the praises of The Raven Cycle high enough and I want everyone to share in this bookish treasure with me!
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. (via Goodreads)