*Warning this blog post contains spoilers for the previous books in this series: The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily,Lily Blue*
Series: 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 Cycle has been a favourite series of mine for a few years now so reading the conclusion was so sad. I'm not ready to say goodbye to theses characters. Their friendships are so strong and I have grown to feel like I am part of their little squad.
I think The Raven King is definitely Gansey's book. He was a big focus this time around anf I loved it. I feel like I fully understand Gansey's need to be known now. I feel like we got to dig deeper into his mind in this book compared the first three books.
I love Ronan and Maggie really put him through the ringer in this book at part. I just wanted to give him a hug (then again he'd probably punch me in the face for it but he needs it). Maggie is so cruel to him in this book! But there was also a focus on Ronan's relationship with his brothers and Adam which I loved. So that was the happier side of his storyline.
Adam has changed so much over the course of these four books and I really noticed this during The Raven King. He's grown up so much and I couldn't be prouder of him for some of his actions in The Raven King.
Blue was very interesting in this book. I really liked getting to see her thinking about the future, like college. And I loved seeing her struggle with the curse.
Henry Cheng plays a bigger role in The Raven King than he did in previous books. I wasn't the biggest fan of him but towards the end I did start to like him.
The Raven Kings is full of all the ships! I swear I died of cuteness on multiple occasions. There were so many cute Bluesey moments and the Pynch moments were all I wanted them to be!
The plot of these books have never really been what kept me reading but though the plot of The Raven King was good anything beyond the search for Glendower didn't interest me. There's a plot line about someone magical being in sale and I just didn't care about it much. Any time we were in an adults POV I just wanted to go back to the teens.
The only other problem I had was the lack of Noah. He doesn't get as much page time as previous books and I would have liken to get to know him more.
The last third of the book was crazy. It was so intense. I was freaking out. A lot. I couldn't put the book down. Maggie did an amazing job at ending this fantastic series. The Raven King was a satisfying ending but to be honest I wouldn't say no to more books about these characters.
My rating: 5 stars out of 5!