The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
by Maggie Stiefvater
After waiting for a year, the final book of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series is out. What are the answers the readers are waiting for in this book:
- Who is the sleeper that Neeve and Piper woke up?
- What’s Piper’s story?
- Artemus, Blue’s biological dad, showed up. What is his purpose in the Glendower issue and basically the whole story?
- What of Blue and Gansey’s relationship?
- What happens more to Adam as he was Cabeswater’s hands and eyes?
- Will Gansey die?
- Will they finally find Glendower?
Maybe I haven’t listed all the questions every fans are awaiting since reading the previous book. But those questions are not all there is. Those questions will be answered, surely, but there’s a lot more that came up and answered, as well, in this final book.
The third bookー Blue Lily, Lily Blueー left off leaving Jessie Ditley dead, shot by Greenmantle’s psycho wife, Piper; Maura, found, but also with the newfound Artemus, Blue’s dad; and Neeve showing up finally, with Piper, and waking the sleeper who shouldn’t be woken up, the demon.
I think Maggie made the writing really magical in some way that makes readers hooked up. And probably also because the characters of this book are all unique, each and everyone, and each of them serves a purpose. I liked how Maggie did that. Most books have lots of characters but only some of them have been given attention, most of those are like tree displays during stage plays. With Maggie, she makes it a point that everyone have a story, and each entwines with the other no matter how far the relation is.
Some chapters also starts with, “Depending where you began the story..” and then introduced the story of a character, whether it be the present or the the past. I liked how even the characters who died have been given light, i.e. how the three psychic women in 300 Foxway met.
Another point I’m sure a lot of fans have been waiting, was the status of Ronan and Adam’s relationship. The last two books was all about subtle aggression from Ronan. He have said Adam was one of his secrets, after all. In this book, we get to see obvious actions made and reciprocated. There are no words passed between them that would provide us a confirmation. But as they say, actions speak louder that words, and that’s the case between these two. SPOILER!! They were together in the end!! *flails so hard*
We also get to know more of Ronan’s dreaminh ability. Lots of truths about Cabeswater, about Blue’s dad, about Glendower.
A new character, although Henry Cheng was seen in the other books, but it is only in this book that we know of his role and how he is connected with the rest of the magical cast. He was a good addition considering Noah was slowly fading away along with his cute personality.
Final thoughts: I would’ve given this a five star because obviously it was a great and enjoyable read. But even so, i was unsatisfied. I feel like there is some more to be said and the story can be stretched a little more. 4.5 stars. I left a .5 cause i think that is the potential missing in this conclusion book. Anyhow, i highly recommend the series to anyone who is into fantasy but modern with a hint of humor and quite the supernatural genre, friendship and family.