‘The Raven King’ by Maggie Stiefvater was a bewitching end to an incredibly imaginative series.
Synopsis: For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into his mission: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a life; and Blue, who loves Gansey … and is certain she is destined to kill him. Nothing dead can be trusted. Now the endgame has begun. Nothing living is safe. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.
You really get to see the connection between the characters and Cabeswater in this book. They each have their own individual thread tied into it and I think, after 4 books, I finally understand what Cabeswater is. I also liked the evil in this book. It was terrible and it genuinely held a threat level that worried me. I also liked that Gansey died. Don’t get me wrong, I love Gansey but too often in books, when a character is supposed to die, they manage to find a way to stay alive. I always wanted Gansey to die because I wanted this story to stay true to itself and I’m really happy that this book didn’t disappoint me.
I’ve dragged this series out over a year because I wanted it to last. And I cannot tell you how sad I am that it is over and I cannot tell you how much I need more of these characters. I want to know where they go in life and how their experiences shaped their personalities. Do they all stay in touch? Does Blue ever test out her lineage? Does Ronan accomplish his last dream idea? What’s changed about Gansey? And does Adam stay in Henrietta? Also, does Henry ever go to Venezuela?
There are a lot of things I liked about this book and almost nothing that I disliked. The only downside are all the questions I am left with and I hope that it’s because there will be more books or at the very least, spin offs. This book was a delight to read and though the finding of Glendower was somewhat underwhelming, the entire book had me gripped. I would like more, please.
“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.”
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