Synopsis from the Author’s Website:
The final installment in the Raven Cycle. The quest for Glendower and Gansey’s life thunders to a close: enemies wake and prophecies come home to roost. As the year draws to a close, the teens find themselves in the midst of the magic they have spent the series pursuing. None of them will escape without facing their oldest fears.
About: The Raven King is a young adult fantasy novel written by Maggie Stiefvater. It was published on 4/26/16 by Scholastic Press, 439 pages. The genres are fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and magic. There are 4 books in The Raven Cycle series: 1. The Raven Boys, 2. The Dream Thieves, 3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and 4. The Raven King. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Raven King on 9/4/17 and finished it on 9/30/17. I read this final book more than a year later from the first 3 books so it takes a bit of time getting into. This book explain a lot about the magic where I previously was extremely confused. (I took longer to read this book also because I can’t decide which book to read and ended up reading multiple books at once so it takes me longer to finish). I like the detail views of many characters including Declan, Greenmantle, and his wife Piper as well as the main characters and the psychics. I even like the odd ball three brothers with the same name. I like that 6:21 time stamp concept as the start of many chapters. It gives a good suspense and mystery feel to it all. I like the slow burning romance in this book! The humor is phenomenal! It’s all very satisfying!
This book is told in the third person point of view following Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Blue. Readers will also get to follow the psychics where one of them, Maury, is Blue’s mom. Noah, the ghost where he dies so Gansey could live, is still around. This book expose the teens to where all of them have some sort of magic powers: Gansey has the ability to command magic, Ronan can bring things out of dreams, Adam has connection to magic, and Blue amplify and make everyone’s abilities stronger. The search for Glendower is still on and they are searching for him so that they could ask him to save Gansey. There are so many characters in this book and a lot going on. Readers will get a glimpse of all the happenings both good side and bad side. So much more in this book also includes more romance, humor, actions, adventures, and just deliciously more!
The writing is very inviting. I love the way it lures me to read on and on. I love following Gansey’s thinking process. He’s such a gentle old soul and sophisticated. I love Ronan in this book. He’s a bad boy externally with his foul mouth but he’s such a puppy with his loving feelings for someone he can only think of but not admit out loud. I also love Henry Cheng’s humor and his endless nicknames for Gansey. I would read this series again even though the plot in the first 3 books confuses me because I love the writing and the characters so much! Their lives are interesting to read, especially Gansey, Adam, and Ronan. I even beginning to like Blue in this book because of her brilliant idea with the price tags to drive the Laumonier brothers out. I would highly recommend everyone to read the series because these characters are amazing! I would rate this whole series a 4.5 stars!
Pro: characters, fast paced, page turner, cover, multiple views, third person point of view, suspense, magic, romance, diversity, humor
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author:
Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at http://www.maggiestiefvater.com. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and Info obtained from Scholastic’s Website).
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***Disclaimer: I borrowed this ebook from my library and my opinions are honest.