The Raven King

The Raven King

Book - 2016 | First edition
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Not believing in true love, Blue never thought the warning that she will cause her true love's death would be a problem, but as her life is entangled in the world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545424981 (hardcover)
0545424984 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: Y STIEFVATER
Characteristics: 439 pages ; 22 cm

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PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 10, 2020

The Raven King is the fourth and final book in The Raven Boys cycle and they should be read in order. Gansey and his friends are still looking for Glendower, but now things are starting to spin out of control, to literally unravel. Stiefvater excels at creating a feeling of entropy and dread, but I sometimes felt like the plot was doing the same. Magic that has been proven real, suddenly stops working, characters seem to float in and out of the storyline and the climax was, well, less than climactic.

But I'm still going to recommend this read. Stiefvater is a master of atmosphere-- creating a sense of sinister dread-- but also of character. Watching Blue and her boys try to navigate their conflicting needs and aspirations is like listening in on the conversation of real teenagers. Fear and hope for the future vie with a need to reconcile childhood and adulthood. If you've loved the group so far, you won't be disappointed with how they progress, but you may be less excited in the resolution of the central mystery.

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SadiqShaikh
Jul 23, 2020

I highly recommend this series! When I initially came across the Raven Cycle series, I didn’t expect it to be as amazing as it turned out. Truly an adventurous and original story, the Raven King serves as a nice end to the story of the Raven Boys and Blue. Although the novel begins a bit slowly, it eventually gains momentum, increasing the intrigue until the final chapters. Sad to see the series come to an end, but I look forward to future novels from the author!

My heart can't handle this. These characters, this writing (seriously, HOW MAGGIE), the whole world of the Raven Cycle gives me life and I am so nostalgic about it. This is one of my favourite series, ever, and I will never be over it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 08, 2020

As the conclusion to the Raven Cycle series, the Raven King had a lot to live up to and it still managed to surpass my every expectation. Often times, the end of a series falls short, but the Raven King did anything but that. This book wrapped up every plot point so perfectly, like a beautiful present with a bow on top. I finished this book feeling thoroughly satisfied with the events that transpired. All of the characters changed so dynamically from the first book, yet they all kept that spark about them that made me fall in love with them from the very first page. I would highly recommend this entire series to anyone who enjoys well-written, beautifully constructed adventure stories. Reading this series was a perfect way to spend my time. 5/5
@nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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fishbottom
Jan 20, 2020

Book 4

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Dec 30, 2019

I want to express how much I loved this series but I have no words for it. It is just amazing in every way

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ravenboyraven
Nov 07, 2019

Obviously from my username, this series is a great one. Loved these books a lot. Maggie’s writing is so beautiful and intriguing.

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st_bridgid_irish
Aug 07, 2019

The end has finally come–Piper Greenmantle has woken a demon, and it is unmaking Cabeswater. Gansey and his friends seek to stop it, because if it succeeds, it will come after Adam and Ronan too. In this they are aided by a new friend, Henry Cheng, a boy who has part of his mind connected to a robotic bee Ronan’s father dreamed up. Additionally, they are joined by Artemus, Blue’s father, but he is less than helpful, as having been in the demon’s cave for the last seventeen years has warped his mind somewhat. As everyone and everything connected to Cabeswater starts to go out of control, Gansey and his friends seek to find Glendower and ask him to help kill the demon. But they must also find a way to save Gansey, as his year is almost up.
This book had many of the good things from the other books–good characters, excellent writing and an exciting storyline. The only thing that took away from the book was the rushed pacing–Stiefvater sought to pack in too much in the final book in her series. Maybe it would have been better as a series of five books. Additionally, the story didn’t work out quite the way I expected or wanted, but that does happen sometimes, and it wasn’t a bad ending.

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Meow_Meow3
Feb 13, 2018

I HIGHLY recommend The Raven Cycle. If anyone manages to get their hands on the series, READ IT!!! It is full of magic, psychics, love and adventure. The conclusion is such a happy and great ending. I can't believe it's over, I'll miss reading about the adventures of Blue, Gansey, Noah, Adam and Ronan. :( (Though I heard there is possibly another series about Ronan!)

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Nymeria23
Jan 09, 2017

It's a strange experience to read a fantastical and magical series such as this and still feel the overwhelming emotion of reality, as if this world is a true possibility in our own and that the boundaries of the pages no longer limit what it can be.
This fourth and final installation of the Raven Cycle is intense. Possession, worry, love, and fear spring up constantly throughout the novel like a field of daisies.
Gansey knows he's going to die. He doesn't know exactly when, how or why, but deep down he knows it's going to be within the year.
Blue is trying to get back to a 'normal' life but it bores the crap outta her, especially after all the intensity of what happened the month before. But it looks like there won't be a way for her to get to college, so she's got to do the best for her future and make her dreams of travel come true.
Noah is fading. Decaying, really. His soul is the tiniest possible thread it could be and yet he's still hanging on. He can't move on quite yet.
Adam is still doing all he can for the ley line, but he still has trouble at times without Persephone. He needs to trust Cabeswater completely, but is it all right?
Ronan is falling for Adam. He knows it but he can't stop. When he dreams, he sees nightmare after nightmare, and evidently brings someone back through them, a person he never meant to leave his dreams.
Piper is alive. And using the favor of a demon to get what she believes is her heart's desire. Doesn't matter the price. Who cares about some trees?
Cabeswater is fighting a battle it cannot win. The third sleeper is awake and unmaking everything that was dreamt into being. It needs the Raven Boys and Blue to save it.

This book was well done, and I felt that the storyline concluded in an almost-totally satisfying way. I can honestly say I'm said for it to end :(

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mvkramer May 16, 2016

Sexual Content: Non-explicit making out between two characters. Very sweet.

mvkramer May 16, 2016

Violence: Magic violence occurs. It's gory, but not explicitly so. More creepy than anything else, really.

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Jul 15, 2019

“No homework. I got suspended,” Blue replied.
“Get the freak out,” Ronan said, but with admiration. “Sargent, you a**hole.”

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shayshortt
Jul 06, 2016

“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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shayshortt
Jul 06, 2016

The Raven Cycle draws to a close as Richard Gansey embarks on the final leg of his quest to unearth the sleeping Welsh King, Owen Glendower, and gain his favour. Adam is still tightly bound to Cabeswater even as the magical forest is corrupted by dark forces. Nor has the threat that the outside world will discover that Ronan is the Greywaren entirely abated. And Noah seems to be fading, becoming ever more ghostly and unpredictable, the merest shadow of his living self. As Blue and the Raven Boys search, two predictions hang over their heads: Gansey will die sometime this year, and Blue will kill her true love if she kisses him; it seems inevitable that the two will intersect.

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