The Raven King By Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Cycle. Guys if you haven’t heard of this series yet, where have you been? With the release of The Raven King the book community has been yelling about Maggie’s latest series finally and what this book means to them.

Now I first read this series: The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue at the beginning of the year and couldn’t wait for the last book. The stories ARC and the plot lines of all the other books are leading you into the last book but I found myself not wanting to pick this one up for some strange reason, I was reluctant for it to end? To disappoint? to seal the characters fate?

Okay, okay. I’m going to back up a little and give you a spoiler free summary of this series. The Raven Cycle follows an array of characters.

Blue is an energy source, when she is around psychics strength are stronger and she helps with her families business.
Ronan is the bad boy with no heart of gold insight, he’s quick to anger and has some deep issues but is a complex character and I’m intrigued to know more about him.
Gansy: The leader of the boys on a quest to find the infamous welsh king that is said to grant a favor to the one that wakes him.
Adam is a poor boy who’s pride is bigger then his brains he has worked and saved to go to the infamous ivy league high school so he can work his way up and never need to worry about money in his future.
Noah is a ghost of a boy; smudgy and a little bit crazed. A quite boy who seems to know everything and is really an enigma at the start of the book.


This is going to be a bit of a different review as I’m not quite sure of my thoughts even after waiting 6 days to write this.

There is always at least one feature that makes a book special to me. Did I like it because of the world building? The Character development? The phenomenal writing? The arc of the plot? These are the things I look for in books. While the Raven cycle has it all I can’t connect with the story on anything but a surface level.

I love each and everyone of these characters, the descriptions of Cabeswater and Ronan’s dreams are absolutely amazing. The plot is goal driven and you want to know what happens  next. It’s the writing that gets to me. It’s not written badly, not at all. It is the style of writing. I feel Maggie really writes the scenes how they are. She’s like a director showing us that the feelings are a disconnected whirlwind and writes that way. When time starts playing up and jumping the writing follows suit and while this is a unique experience I felt it took away from my enjoyment as I was so wrapped up in trying to figure out what was going on and being as confused as the characters I couldn’t really enjoy it. I can’t be sucked into this story because it requires so mush of my attention to stay afloat in what is happening to the characters and plot.

The Raven King left me wanting something more and I really don’t know what. The plot finally ended. The characters fates sealed for the time being and nothing more for me to do or want to read about. I can’t put my finger on what I feel for this story. Did I like it? YES. I loved the characters, their friendship and relationships. Did I like the plot? Who couldn’t like a plot where someone is prophesied to die, another’s dreams follow him around and one will kill her first love with a kiss.

Maggie Stiefvater is a phenomenal writer and I will never be able to review this series well enough to do it justice so instead of going on about demons and finding the infamous king I will leave you with some quotes as I feel it sums up the series and characters perfectly for me:

Gansey:

“Gansey sat behind the wheel, wearing both his Aglionby uniform and an electric expression that startled Blue. It was wide-awake and glittering, a match struck just behind his eyes. “

Blue: 

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

“I don’t care to be pretty,” Blue shot back hotly, “I care to look on the outside like I look on the inside.”

The woman of 300 Fox way: 

 “Are you really going to work in that?” Maura asked.
Blue looked at her clothing. It involved a few thin layering shirts, including one she had altered using a method called shredding. “What’s wrong with it?”
Maura shrugged. “Nothing. I always wanted an eccentric daughter. I just never realised how well my evil plans were working.”

Ronan

“He was brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer.”

Adam:

“Sometimes Ronan thought Adam was so used to the right way being painful that he doubted any path that didn’t come with agony.”

The story

“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.”


This whole series is a 4 out of 5 for me but I still can’t put my finger on the ending and how I felt and then I found this, what Maggie said herself about the ending:

“The Internet widely believes that all authors are fiends who delight in the suffering of readers, but I don’t want readers to be sad. At the end of the Raven Cycle, I want readers … to want.

I don’t want them to be able to say what it is they want, though — I want it to be a bigger thing than words. I hope they get to the end and don’t know what to do for the rest of the day. I hope they feel unsettled and needing of something more. I want messages that say, ‘Stiefvater, please, I just want…’ and then silence. They don’t know what they want. They just want.”

Well Maggie I definitely want something but I can’t tell you what so I’d say you’d done your job well. Thank you for this fantastic if not weird story of 5 friends on an epic adventure.


What are your thoughts on this series? I’d love to see some more coherent ones then mine 😄

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12 thoughts on “The Raven King By Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I’m glad I’m not alone in this. It was such a disappointing ending, but I still enjoyed the whole book. It’s so unsettling to have such mixed feelings!! Ughh, and that quote of Maggie is killing me because it means she did it on purpose?
    I’m currently gathering my thoughts on the series and writing a review (spoiler free & spoiler filled). I have theories, thoughts, and too much going on lol. I’ll post it on Wednesday. I’ll leave you a link to see if you can check it out and if you agree with me. I need to discuss these books to feel better hahah

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    1. Yes please leave me a link! It took me a while to get my head around this and I still can’t really understand my exact feelings. I loved a lot of it but there were a lot of things I just felt unconnected from. The ending just felt flat for me especially since all the books lead up to the “epic” ending most of my questions and wants were met but I still didn’t feel satisfied with how everything was wrapped up.

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  2. This series is everything to me. I love absolutely everything about it especially the friendships. It’s so magical. When I first finished the book my immediate reaction was, “wait, what” but then I thought about it and I really loved it. I wish some things had been explained better like Blue’s situation and her dad and the whole supernatural black market and I feel like Noah kind of got excluded.

    I am the kind of person who loves open endings though – the vaguer the better and I love that quote by Maggie because that’s exactly what I want with an ending too. I feel like it suited the whole mystical and strange tone of the series. That said, I totally see why people would want more for the ending. And I definitely want more from this series, like I am not ready to leave this world. I need Maggie to write more.

    Great post!

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    1. Thank you! I think Maggies writing is fantastic but I’m not as in love with the series as everyone else.

      I really liked it and all of these characters are fantastic, they made me laugh and feel things but I just felt a bit flat about the ending. I like open ended stories as well but I felt some plot lines weren’t explained when they could have been. Like the Gray Man, Noah, and Blues Dad. But I completely agree that Maggie kept true to the mystical story line the whole way through 🙂

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        1. Yes! Exactly I felt Henry was a lot like the professor I was thinking there was a point to him but he didn’t really add anything important. Just aided in showing different sides of the characters I guess.
          I think I’ll re-read this series and be able to appreciate the plot lines and characters a lot more now then the first time around.

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  3. Hi again! My review is finally posted if you want to check it out. I ended up doing a long spoiler free review, but I’m still not sure what to do with all the spoiler bits I took out, it had theories and all haha But I think I managed to say what I felt about the series well enough.

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  4. Hey, I have just finished The Raven King and I feel the same way. Left wanting….something epic? P I’m not sure either, I think I wished they had found Glendower and he had been amazing. Or some level of grandeur. In the end the group survived and while I’m happy they all did, it seemed like they got off rather easily. That is strange that Maggie wanted readers to be left wanting – I guess she did get that right. But why?

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    1. You’ve got me on the why? hahaha I have no idea why she did it but she did it well I guess? I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get our grand finally as well! It was just a bit of a flat ending? I don’t really know how to explain my feelings on the ending properly I had to read it twice to really let the whole this set in and even then it’s just not what I was expecting 🙂

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      1. Yeah its just a shame really after all the build up D: I guess they foreshadowed it a bit in the third book with Gansey thinking this adventure wasn’t what it should be, but still. I think after four books we needed more xD i think im still at a loss for words.

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