The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: April 2016
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Plot: 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.
WELL I GUESS THAT’S OVER THEN.
I tried to take my damn time reading this damn book but I just couldn’t do it. I ate up every single piece of description and each section of dialogue. I could not stop, you gotta believe me.
The Raven King is one of my most anticipated releases this side of 2016. Probably the only anticipated release. I’ve fallen in love with Henrietta, with Gansey, with Blue, with Adam, with Ronan. With the women of 300 Fox Way and The Grey Man and Henry and even frickin’ Chainsaw. I wasn’t ready to let go of this story just yet, and I still don’t think I am.
I kept reading and reading and suddenly it said Epilogue, and I think I cried on my lunch break.
If you don’t know what The Raven Cycle is about, then it’s very hard to explain to you, because it’s a lot of things. It’s about friendship, love, family, moving on, determination, hard-work, passion, obsession, and magic. The kind of magic that kicks the aesthetic out of the park, by the way. It’s about a group of friends who want to find something important to them, something that they think is important to them, and finding what actually is.
Without spoiling too much, I want to say that I’m so happy I picked up these books, and you should too. They’re beautifully written; Maggie Stiefvater could write the Itunes Terms and Conditions and make them sound poetic. Every character is a whole; side characters, villains, a forest, cars. They’re not flawless, they’re not half-assed attempts at writing teenagers, like what so often happens in YA. They deal with real and magical problems (although who’s to say they’re not the same thing) and while the dialogue isn’t made up of super realistic teenager conversation, they’re not philosophically superior complex asshats.
If you want magic, if you like the twisting of time, and if you like disappearing from the world one book at a time, I would recommend this series. Come be sad with me when you’ve finished them.