YA Fiction | Book Review for The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Reviewed Book: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Book’s Description:  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.

General Review (NO SPOILERS): 5/5 stars

I am very pleased with this novel and would highly recommend it. If you have not read the other three novels, obviously you should do that first. This book is perfect for anyone interested in magic, and books where anything, literally ANYTHING, is possible.

Detailed Review (CONTAINS SPOILERS):

This book blew me away. This fast-paced novel had me in tears the whole time- tears from both laughing and crying. This emotional roller coaster gripped at my heart strings with scenes like Ronan and Adam kissing, Ronan’s mother dying, and Gansey telling everyone that he knows he’s going to die. This emotional roller coaster ripped my heart strings with scenes like Gansey dying, Noah getting possessed, and Adam getting possessed.

I loved learning more about some (side) characters that we never really explored before. Learning more about Noah when he was alive highlighted how much death took from him. Henry Cheng was a seemingly boring character, but as this book delved into his backstory and personality, we learn that he is actually one of the funniest people to be around. He’s also the newest member of the gangsey. When Piper’s POV came around, I was stunned. For starters, she easily killed of her husband without a second thought. If that wasn’t crazy enough, she tried to make a business deal with family she hadn’t talked to in ten years!

Despite Maggie Stiefvater saying that this was not a kissing book, there were quite a few kisses in it. First we had the Ronan and Adam kisses. My heart exploded because oh my gosh my ships are actually sailing. I really liked the part right after the first kiss, where Adam tried to get advice from Gansey. It was a cute bonding moment for the two. The second kiss was definitely better than the first, and a lot closer to how I imagined it would be. The Blue and Gansey kiss was just as emotional as I imagined, but I still cried. The sacrifice to kill the demon was in no doubt an emotional one, and I think it was written beautifully.

The most shocking twist for me was Ronan pulling Orphan Girl (now Opal) from his dreams. She is a small child, and raising her is a big responsibility Ronan’s taking on. So far, it seems that he is doing a fairly decent job. Throughout the novel, his protective side came out as he tried to protect her from all the dangers of the world. I would’ve liked to learn a little more about the two in the epilogue. Since Adam, Gansey, Blue, and Henry are all leaving Henrietta, is Ronan taking care of her all by himself? Is Declan helping with that?

This book left me with a bunch of questions. Do you have answers? Let me know! Is Matthew Lynch okay? Where is Adam going to college? Did Ronan dream a new Camaro or is that the one from the Dream Thieves? Is Opal happy? Why name her Opal? Does Henry Cheng feel awkward in the group?

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