The Raven King Review (i.e. Currently Figuring Out What To Do With My Life Now I’ve Finished This Series)

I’m pretty sure I am still in deep denial over the fact that I have now finished this series.

This series has officially taken the crown for being one of my favourite series of all time, and so its safe to say that I was both extremely excited and extremely nervous to read this book.  I have been talking about reading this one for so long, that as scared as I was about reading it, I also knew that it was finally time to pick this one up and finish this series at last.

(I was originally going to try and write this spoiler-free, and whilst it still not just a complete run-down of everything that happened in this book, it does include a few little spoilers, so just be warned if you haven’t read this book yet)

I have adored the plot of every one of these books, and this one was no different.

It is such a unique story that has so many different, complex aspects to it that all join together to create a story and a world that slowly but surely draws you in with it.

I loved where the storyline went in this book, and how we got to see all of the different storylines come together in this finale.  I really enjoyed how the focus was still on Cabeswater and the search for Glendower, but also how we followed some different characters, such as Piper and the demon, and Henry, and watch their storylines intertwine into the story as well.

I feel like every single review I’ve done for this series has just been me gushing about my love for this characters, and this one is going to be no different.  Blue is just the badass queen of my dreams; Gansey is just the most beautiful soul who has ever existed; Adam is this boy who has always had to work 10 times harder than everyone else and who deserves the world and more; Ronan is this amazingly complex character who looks like cold and aggressive, but also has one of the warmest hearts; and Noah is just a whole new level of amazing-ness.

I just adore all of the characters in this series so much.  Over these four books they have become some of my favourite characters and I have adored watching them all grow and evolve through this series.  If someone had told me in book one that Ronan Lynch would become one of my favourite characters, I would have thought you were out of your mind.

But one thing I was not prepared for was the romance in this.

The slowly-developing relationships and hints at romance in the last book were enough to destroy me, so you can only imagine my reaction to some of the things that happened in this one.  I swear I tabbed so many sections of this book, and almost all of them are related to the romance.  I’m really trying not to spoil anything, but all I want to do is gush about how perfect all of these relationships were.

I’m really trying not to spoil anything, but all I want to do is gush about how perfect all of these relationships were, so I’m sorry but I can’t help but talk about them.  Maggie Stiefvater managed to write two amazing slow-burn romances that are so well executed and that you can’t help but fall in love with.  I love the almost forbidden-love aspect of Blue and Gansey’s relationship, and how beautifully it develops and grows.

Meanwhile, Adam and Ronan are officially now my new OTP.  I loved watching their feelings for each other slowly develop gently, until the moment when one of them finally gives in, and breaks down that wall.

Ronan would start wars and burn cities for that true smile, elastic and amiable.

I just need everything to be written in Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style.

Her way with words just astounds me.  How can someone write this beautifully?!  Her writing is just so atmospheric and magical and whimsical, and manages to create such a vivid world that I already want to return to.  She can write such poetic and detailed passages of writing that I just want to read over and over again to savour the beauty of them.

So that’s it!  I have officially finished the Raven Cycle.

I can’t believe that this fantastic series is over for me, but am so glad that I have read it and have fallen completely in love with everything about it.  Although I’m pretty sure The Dream Thieves is still my favourite book in this series, this was still such a perfect finale that gave me everything I wanted and more.

Now I will just have to sit here and anxiously wait for the Ronan trilogy to be released so that I can finally return to this world!



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.

Taken By The Tide – Mystery Jets



Have you read this book – what did you think?  Did you like how this series ended?  Which was your favourite book in this series?


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