The Raven King by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven King. Just sitting here to write my review brought on a crazy assault of emotions. There is absolutely no way I could possibly do this book, or this series justice here. None. The Raven Cycle and it's characters have their own spot carved into my heart. This will live on as one of my absolute favorite series in life. I am quite literally still reeling from all of the feelings that the conclusion to this life-altering series has brought on, so bear with me please while I attempt to sort through them.
The Raven Cycle #4
Published April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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.
The Raven King did not disappoint in any.single.way. In fact, considering how high the bar was already set by Miss Maggie Stiefvater, I'm bewildered to realize that this book exceeded my expectations in every.single.way. that mattered the most. There are so many things that I already knew with absolute certainty going in: this was going to be heartbreaking. This was going to be emotional. The story wasn't as important as the characters. But the story was still going to be exceptional. The characters though; THAT was what was going to kill me. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I would finish the last word on the last page and be shattered. All of these things turned out to be true but I didn't realize that I would care about EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in this series even more than I already did. This is me, drowning in a sea of feels and very close to starting the entire journey all over again.
There is no way that I am even going to go close to spoiler-territory, but here's what I can say: If you've loved The Raven Cycle with every fiber of your being thus-far, you will absolutely adore The Raven King. Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah all become something more...so much more than they already were. Their character growth here was superb. My feelings for every single one of them as individuals has increased ten-fold. And the ships? Oh the ships have stolen every single fiber of my heart, and from someone who rarely reads for romance, that is the highest of praise I could offer. Every relationship in this book is heart-breakingly, soul-crushingly etched into my soul. Was it bitter-sweet? Yes. Was it perfect? YES.
I released more contented sighs during The Raven King than I've ever done before. There were many moments where I just stopped reading so I could bask in the heavenly prose, or in a moment too perfect to move on from. I felt feelings too intense to put into words. Stiefvater has a less-is-more way of writing relationships, romance and moments that are so poignant. She sprinkles her magic sparingly with meaningful words, select moments and perfect tone. The result is an assault on your emotions unlike anything else. It will forever be perfect and I will forever want more. I love these all of these characters and their stories passionately.
Am I being dramatic?
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars