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 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. “
“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.”
“He was brother to a liar and brother to an angel, son of a dream and son of a dreamer.”
“Sometimes Ronan thought Adam was so used to the right way being painful that he doubted any path that didn’t come with agony.”
“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.