{Liza Reviews} The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted July 15, 2016 by Liza in Reviews / 8 Comments

{Liza Reviews} The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Pages: 439
Published on April 26th 2016
by Scholastic Press
Genres: Contemporary, Magical Realism, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Blue Lily, Lily Blue, The Raven Boys, The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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.

5 Stars

The Raven King is the last book of The Raven Cycle series and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  I’m quite sure that I won’t be able to do this book justice or the series for that matter, so please take this review and multiply it by ten.

The Raven King starts where Blue Lily, Lily Blue ended and finds our main characters getting closer to complete their quest.  Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Blue, add now a new member to their group.  Henry fits like a glove into this group of misfits while they all try to figure out how to find the King, how to fight a demon, how to save the world, how to be adults, how to love and be loved in return, how to be a true friend and how to tame dreams and magic.  I wish I could say more, but it’s supposed to be a spoiler free review, remember?

“The kitchen window groaned open, and Jimi shouted out, “Blue! Your boys are out front, looking like they’re fixing to bury a body.”
Again? Blue thought.”

I’m so happy with the outcome, so happy that Gansey and Blue decided that life was too short to hide their feelings.  Happy than Ronan and Adam found peace. So happy that everything went back to normal.  Happy that we finally had some answers, even if we lost a few characters along the way.  I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I loved it all.  

“He was a king. This was the year he was going to die.”

Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is a thing of beauty.  I know it’s not for everyone, but I happen to be one of thousands that adore her lyrical, quirky, gorgeous writing style.  It’s so full of feels, it appeals to the senses, it’s freaking amazing and packed with magic.  The plot of The Raven King, and indeed of all the books in the series is intertwined and finally comes to a great ending during this installment.  It’s complicated, intricate and surprising all at once.

“I take it we’re friends now,” Henry said.
“We must be,” Gansey replied. “Jane says it should be so.”
“It should be so,” Blue agreed.”

Overall, The Raven Cycle will forever live in list of favorite series.  Maggie Stiefvater can do no wrong in my eyes, she’s one of those authors that I will automatically buy everything from.  Perfect. 


About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.


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8 responses to “{Liza Reviews} The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. Great review! I just love this series so much and TRK was everything !!!!!!!!! I was sad to see so many negative reviews of it but I think things ended so well for the series and MS can do (write) no wrong for me!


    I couldn’t agree more with absolutely everything! (But then, this is my favorite series and I’m exactly ten thousand kinds of biased. There’s that, too.) After such a lengthy wait for The Raven King (y’know, compared to when it was originally meant to come out), it was incredible to step back into this world one final time.

    I can’t wait to see what Maggie does next. That quirky, unique, lyrical writing must not stay off the radar for too long. Thankfully, she appears to be a bit of a writerly workaholic, so – here’s hoping!

    Lovely, lovely review, Lisa.

    • Liza

      Hi Lexie! Glad to find another Raven Cycle fan 🙂 I love all of Maggie’s books and I think we will see something from her soon.

  3. Love you review. After I read the first book, I decided to wait to read the rest until the last book came out in the series. Now I’m thinking about listening to them all on audiobook. Reading that it’s one of your all-time-favorite series definitely motivates me to make this one a priority!

    • Liza

      I didn’t listen to any of these in audio, so I can’t comment on that format, BUT I did listen to The Scorpio Races and LOVED IT too. Maggie Stiefvater is just one of my favorite authors Liza 🙂

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