Book 4
The Raven Cycle

April 26, 2016

Scholastic Inc



Urban Fantasy

The Raven King
by Maggie Stiefvater   


All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.


"Absolute page turner!"  By Ashia 1 year ago

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The Raven King started out well--interesting and intriguing. We are immediately advised of the primary conflict that had permeated the entire series--that of Gansey's impending death. This was heightened by the succeeding paragraph, wherein the women of 300 Fox Way (Blue's relatives and friends) sought to learn more about Gansey's situation.

Readers who love Gansey would read with bated breath. I love Gansey, and something about his understated, underground (because his friend Adam also liked Blue) romance with Blue touched me. However, let me just say the romance was understated here. This story is about finally finding Glendower and also about how the prophecy about Blue came to a head.

About Gansey's death, in previous books, I felt so bad that it would happen, because maybe Gansey is so young and such a death is needless. Just because Blue was prophesied to cause the death of her true love with a kiss? I couldn't let it go. I wanted to write the author to please not let him die! But here, we find it isn't as simple as that. And Gansey's death became more meaningful, more...acceptable. In a sense. Not that I would wish him to die, of course! But from the point of view of plot, it was central to make the story go forward.

One thing I can't shake though is Henry. I felt there's more to him than what we've seen here in this book. As always, the author's writing had a mystical quality that was in keeping with the atmosphere of the story.

Let me just say, Kudos to Ms. Stiefvater. I thought I knew all about the raven boys, Blue and Cabeswater, even Henrietta, but here, she peeled back layer after layer, and let me see a whole different story. Rather, I should say that she dug deeper and the story bursts with one revelation after another in a twist and turn of surprises that will keep you reeling long after you have finished the book. The author also played with the time concept in a way that wasn't intimidating. The way she explained it, using Cabeswater and Noah was quite brilliant and simple to grasp and explains how things happened in the series. I have to say, Bravo! Well done!

I could end my review here, as the previous paragraph summed it perfectly.

Readers who haven't read the three previous books wouldn't feel lost, as the author expertly provides the back story without info dumping. Still, why deprive yourself of the experience? Start from the beginning and enjoy the ride.