The Raven King (Raven Cycle Series #4)

The Raven King (Raven Cycle Series #4)

by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven King (Raven Cycle Series #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: "Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545424981
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Series: Raven Cycle Series , #4
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 82,766
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: HL760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, received five starred reviews. The final book, The Raven King, received four. Her latest book is All the Crooked Saints. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at maggiestiefvater.com.

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The Raven King (Raven Cycle Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
QueenAlchemy 4 months ago
After having finally completed this series, I am left in awe. I seriously don't know what my feelings are right now. All I know is that there is this weight in my chest that both makes me feel like everything will be okay and that perhaps it won't ever again. This is genuinely a mesmerizing series. So full of imagination and wonder. The hype surrounding this series is real and valid. So many book series that are hyped as precious gems fall short at semi-precious or even faux. This series lives up to and is worth all the noise surrounding it. One major thing that makes this series so extraordinary is the vision of this spectacular world. I have not idea how Stiefvater came up with the idea behind these books, but I can only imagine that it has something to do with magic and whimsy. Her blood itself must be laced with them to let her breathe life into this world. The world building is miraculous and infinite. While this world is nestled into our everyday humdrum, it also sparks with magic. It is both. It balances both. It makes the story itself feel like it could actually happen in our present day. Everything is described so vividly. The other thing that makes this series worth screaming from building tops for is the characters and their relationships. The way that each character is woven into the story and how they intertwine in each other's lives is brilliant and moving. Each character has purpose in the story. The background characters are just as important as the main characters and the reader feels pulled toward all of them at the same time. The characters get under your skin and burrow there. You scratch at them until they are a warmth within you. You love them. And you can't imagine what your life will be when you finally reach the last page because you don't want to let these characters go. You want to live with them always. And so they will always live with you. They are just damn incredible characters with beautiful character growth. The plot unfolds with adept precision. Stiefvater is a foreshadowing queen. When things fell into place in the last part of the book I was blown away at all the links to past things in the series. There is so much emotion tucked into the plot. Stiefvater's storytelling itself is quite distinctive. When I started this series I could tell that the writing style was very different from anything I had read previously. What I can only describe as quirky with a side of brilliance. Overall, this series is unlike anything you've ever read. I recommend this series a billion times over! If you are a fan of unconventional fantasy or paranormal then this series will be right up your alley. This series really is something special and I am glad that I was able to experience it. Now please pardon me while I scour the interwebs for fanart of Blue and her Raven Boys. This newfound fandom has lodged in my chest cavity and it is there for keeps.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS: 1. I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS POSSIBLE FOR MAGGIE STIEFVATER'S WRITING TO GET BETTER BUT HOLY COW IT DID. From the very first page, she gorgeously drew us back into her magically realistic world and I WAS ABSOLUTELY ENTRANCED. 2. My main problem with book three, Blue Lily, Lily Blue was the PACE. It was just so slow with so many unnecessary tiny plot developments and I was scared that The Raven King would be the same. IT WASN'T. I was sucked in from the first page with some delicious writing and plot lines and just the anticipation that THIS WAS THE BOOK WE'D FIND GLENDOWER. 3. I officially have a new favourite couple in YA Literature that take me breath away every time they interact or kiss or hang out. SPOILER: "Ronan wrenched his tie loose. "You working after school?" "With a dreamer." He held Ronan's gaze over his locker door. School had improved. ... Adam smiled cheerily. Roman would start wars and burn cities over that true smile, elastic and amiable. " *** "His feelings for Adam were an oil spill; he'd let them overflow and now there wasn't a damn place in the ocean that wouldn't catch fire if he dropped a match." LIKE I SAID. I FELL, AND I FELL HARD. Please tell me this means that Adam will be there in the Ronan Trilogy because NEED. HELLO? I will combust into a puddle of happiness and feels to have an entire TRILOGY about these two. 4. The ending was very... Abrupt. There was a particular revelation about one of the Raven Boys that was SHOCKING but other than that, I found it sub-par and lacking the greatness I expected from it. Still, with Adam and Ronan and my heart soaring, I honestly didn't care much for this aspect of the ending. 5. I don't know WHAT I felt about certain characters including the Laumoniers, Piper Greenmantle and ESPECIALLY Henry Cheng. I sort of begrudged them a space in the story, but I did t care for them at all. Let's be honest, I'm TRASH for this series. It's one of the best out there, in my opinion BECAUSE it's so different. I cannot recommend it enough because when you fall, you will FALL HARD AND THERE WILL BE NO COMING BACK AND, really, ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU WANT ANYWAY? The Raven Cycle is an addicting, magical, lush, spellbinding quartet that will leave you gasping for more. 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this whole series. The writing is the perfect balance of beautiful and relatable. Magical and realistic. It's a series I can read again and again.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
Have you ever finished a book or maybe a series where at the end you knew that you could reread it ll over again and not only enjoy it just as much but you would see things in a new way each time, The Raven Cycle series is that series for me. There was so much about this series that I did not see coming. And I love each of these characters on such a deep level. I don't think I could ever get enough of Blue or her Raven Boys. This book also contains the only first kiss that I can think of that made me cry while reading it. I won't spoil it but it was all very unexpected but beautiful to me. Posting SPOILER WARNING because below are some of my favorite quotes. "Trees in your eyes" Calla added more gently than usual. "Stars in your heart." "Blue's smile - crooked, wry, ridiculous, flustered. There was a lot of happiness tucked in the corner of that smile, and even though her face was several inches from Gansey, some of it spilled out and got on him." "Ronan would start wars and burn cities for that true smile" "Even at the last minute, as he heard the rain pounding the grass flat, he just stood there. He closed his eyes and let the storm soak him. That was this kiss" "How do I know I love her? Because I can sleep after I talk to her."
FayTannerr More than 1 year ago
I just really really love The Raven Cycle series! It was an amazing series and I just adored it! The Raven King was the stunning conclusion to The Raven Cycle series. It was a magical, adventurous and mesmerizing! I loved Ronan and Adam, it was perfect. Blue and Gansey were also perfect together! I also liked how there was a lot of humor especially from Ronan. There was so much happening through out the book and I wasn't sure how it was going to end. Maggie Stiefvater did an amazing job with The Raven Cycle series, it was hard to put down and unpredictable! I was happy with the ending and how it all worked out. This is one series that I will never forget and thoroughly enjoyed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect ending to the perfect series. The universe of Henrietta and Cabeswater are wondriusly crafted, along with the characters. I love how much everyone cares about each other platonically, and don't even get me started on the romantic side of things (ADAM AND RONAN FOREVER) All in all, I love everything that Maggie Stiefvater ever has done or ever will do, and am proud to consider myself a devoted fan of hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the descriptive writing and imagery used. The pacing was slow, but not unbearable. I also didn't really mind how the ending was left open. It made sure you used your own mind and creativity.
Taylor_FrayedBooks More than 1 year ago
I didn't find myself liking this book. The ending that was being pent up for 3 books prior just didn't do it for me. I feel like I was expecting a power punch at the end and I didn't get that, which was sad for me because I loved the first book in the series and was hooked right away! I think my favorite part was the inclusion of an LGBT relationship in this one and expansion on characters other than Gansey and Blue. I would also mention that this series is being made into a tv show on SyFy, which is something that I will be watching to see how they adapt it!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
Yeeeeees! I did it! I finally finished this book! I can't believe it, I was reading super slowly and for what it seemed the longest time and it wasn't because I wasn't enjoying the story because I was, the problem was getting into it once I stopped reading for a day or two, my main problem was having to put it down because then I wouldn't feel like picking it back up but once I was in the story I was IN THE STORY. It was a solid ending to this book cycle, I do wish we had seen more of certain characters but I liked the way it was all resolved at the end, as always the atmosphere of this book was perfect and I think crucial for the story, it made everything feel eerie and I loved it!! My favorite character is Ronan so I'm really looking forward to his books!
Amy_Jo More than 1 year ago
I really like this world and love these characters so much. I'm so glad Maggie is going to do a follow-up trilogy.
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. My Instagram was filled with so many pictures of this book because I couldn’t stop obsessing over it. I was so emotional while reading this book. I loved reading all of the different storylines and seeing how they all fit together as the novel progressed. I liked that for the most part Stiefvater had two different way to start the chapters. Its amazing how after three books her writing still amazes me. Can we talk about how we finally got a Ronan and Adam kiss??? I squealed like a school girl when it finally happened. I’ve been waiting so long! Their scenes are some of my favorite. I love Noah, but some of his scenes were torture for me. I just want him to be happy, but he is trying so hard to stay and help everyone. I’m not going to lie, I kind of saw the ending coming. Don’t worry I won’t spoil it. I think a lot of readers knew what was going to happen. I am both sad and happy that it is over. Stiefvater has said before that at the end of the Raven Cycle, she wants her readers to want. And I do, I just don’t know what, which was exactly what she wanted. Thank you Maggie for giving readers such an amazing series.
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The-Broke-Book-Bank More than 1 year ago
I don’t know how I feel about The Raven King. I read the first three books in a row this February. But I didn’t read the final installment until May. Now, I kinda wish I just read them all in a row. I wasn’t into it at first like I had acclimate to it again instead of being submersed. Eventually, I was involved but it was after I cared about the new characters and the plot started moving. Which is much later than expected… The ending is open and fitting for the series. Especially since Maggie has talked about a Ronan centered series on Twitter. I’m interested in that because I love Ronan but I’m afraid I might have to make myself wait for its completion so the magic isn’t lost again. Her writing is amazing as always. It kept me going even when I wasn’t engaged. I made tons of bookmarks, notes, and highlights because of the writing. Too bad I didn’t transcribe them before my time was up. It’s a pity I wasn’t reviewing in February. I rated the first three installments 3 stars but don’t have notes on why. Hmmmm. Based on enjoyment The Raven King earns another 3 stars. The writing earns 5, the ending 4, the pacing 2, and the characters 3.5. So… Going with the gut feeling: 3 stars.
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
The Good My goodness this one is hard to review especially trying to avoid any spoilers so it will be very vague on purpose. OK so I didn't even want to start this series because the blurb in the first one suggests that a character will die and I'm just not alright with main characters dying so I decided not to even put myself through that. I did though. I read it. I will say that this series ended on a note that felt right. It is an amazing journey with some very well developed characters that continue to grow in each installment. This one shows different sides of characters that you think you already know by this point. You don't know though. Not until you've read this one. I loved how every thread was brought together and we got some great wrap ups. I love how there were still surprises and crazy twists to throw at us. I love how even if you went into this expecting something, it was still a little shocking when it happened. The story moves at a wonderful pace. We get a more in depth look at characters that were just briefly mentioned previously. I was a fan of the addition of Henry especially since there was a lot less of Noah. Then there's Ronan and how he is so much more open. How he's accepting Blue and they're bonding a bit. Their little moments together were some of my favorites. There's Gansey with his NEED to wake the sleeping King. He has the drive to accomplish something more and then the ability to realize his life is already something more. Adam has a huge character realization for which I was glad. I especially loved seeing him let go of his past hurts. Blue...I don't think there's any way that I would've held it together the way she did. The Bad The repetition of certain things, while they were in essence proving a point, got a little on my nerves after a while. The Romance There was some great romantic parts in this one. Again, no spoilers, but it was big on romantic love, new beginnings, and life-long friendships. Conclusion Raven King is a great conclusion to a magical series. It was full of drama, action, magic, character growth, and mystery. It was everything you expect and everything you couldn't possibly. Definitely recommended.
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EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
The only reason I gave THE RAVEN KING four stars instead of five was because I wanted a little more resolution for this amazing cast of characters than I got. Otherwise, this was a sweeping, magical ending to a sweeping, magical series. I meant to read slowly and savor the grand finale, but as soon as I picked up the book I had trouble putting it down. One of those stories I know I'll be reading and re-reading for many years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
God, i loved it. It was an amazing trip to take. The only thing i think would make it better is a time jump. 10 years afterThe Raven King, catching up to where things were left. A Cabeswater-revived Gansey, a tree-light Blue, a newly dreamt Cabeswater, wrecked Camaros, maura and 300 fox way, the greyman, henry and his mother and so much more. It'swistful thinking but this series has been so grand, how could you not want to to invest mote time in this world?
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
This will be short and sweet, because I am against even the hint of spoilers. I got my hands on The Raven King earlier than anticipated because it was not marked a strict on sale by the publisher. This means that booksellers can put it out for sale when they receive their shipment. Which means some readers can get their hands on it before its official release. Stiefvater never really takes the plot path I expect, which is probably why she’s considered a master at her craft. This series is a little more windy than most supernatural series. We have a clear goal of finding Glendower, but often through the series we aren’t really actively pursuing it as much as we can. Part of this, in my theory, is because the character’s themselves are afraid to see what comes after the end of this journey. Part of it is that it is more in fact about the character’s journey. The thing that struck me again about Stiefvater’s writing this go round is how specific it is. Even with the humor and the quips, it is obvious, in the most natural of ways, that every word has been considered for precision. This is a tight novel. It is clear that Stiefvater had a path, even if I occasionally got lost along the path. For instance, the side characters could be distracting, because we didn’t really get to follow their journey. And yet, Stiefvater somehow managed to make a short, clear journey for many of them anyway. Still, it’s or core group that shines here. If Stiefvater excels at making minor characters count, her main characters are heartbreaking simply in that I cared about them so much. The ending could feel a little rushed, but really it was probably just the necessary harried pace with the increased stakes. And, after 4 books, any ending at all feels sudden.
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"If you can't be unafraid, be afraid and happy." Gansey has been searching for his lost king for years. In the years after he died--and was brought back--Gansey is certain that finding Glendower is his destiny. Surely, such a quest is what he was saved to complete? Along the way Gansey's unlikely friends have joined him in the hunt: Ronan, a dreamer inextricably linked to the ley line and the magic of Cabeswater; Adam, who bargained away his autonomy to become Cabeswater's magician; Noah, whose grip on his life is becoming more and more tenuous the longer he is dead; and Blue, the girl from a psychic family who is not psychic at all, the girl who is going to kill her true love with a kiss, the girl who loves Gansey. For months now, Gansey and the rest have been creeping closer. Glendower is almost found. Dreams and nightmares are building. A storm is coming. Every quest has an end, but this time no one knows what they will find when it's over in The Raven King (2016) by Maggie Stiefvater. The Raven King is the final book in Stiefvater's widely acclaimed Raven Boys Cycle. It is preceded by The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue. This book should definitely be read in order with the other books in the series and (obviously) has spoilers for the earlier books. It's always bittersweet to come to the end of a much-loved series. With characters like Blue and Gansey and Ronan and Adam, it's especially hard to say goodbye. But The Raven King is the conclusion these characters deserve--possibly even the one they have earned--after everything they've survived and accomplished in the rest of the series. Like the rest of this series, The Raven King is extremely well done with flawless writing and a tight plot. Although some rare readers might find the ending a bit too perfect, this book is also an excellent example of what you have to always trust the author. The Raven King is a story where all of the characters are hurtling towards very specific goals and destinations only to realize that in the end the destination wasn't the point at all--it was the journey, it was the people met along the way (particularly when it comes to the new characters introduced here). A completely satisfying conclusion to a stunning and evocative series. Possible Pairings: Loop by Karen Akins, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis, The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Clarity by Kim Harrington, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, It Wasn't Always Like This by Joy Preble, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin, Pivot Point by Kasie West, The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff *A copy of this title was acquired from the publisher for review consideration at BEA 2016*
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 Stars I can’t believe that our journey with this series has come to an end, and what an end it was! Maggie has really weaved a story with The Raven Cycle series that has you loving the series even more than you thought possible, after finishing up with The Raven King. The way Maggie tells a story is amazing, in a sense poetic. All the characters you can’t help but to have some sort of tie to, and can I just say “WOAH” to some of the things that happened with these characters in this book? I’m trying to write this as vague as possible because I don’t want to say any spoilers. What I will say is that if you have read this series and haven’t read The Raven King yet, you need to and be prepared to fall even deeper in love with it.
ashleyann120 More than 1 year ago
Great ending to a great series. Maggie Stiefvater has such a beautiful way of writing that makes you think and makes you view the world a little differently as you read her stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Time is cyclical in the book and it has an open ended ending. In other words, she didn't end the book. Weak ending to a good series with new characters thrown in that scream spin-off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Maggie Stiefvater fan. Her writing is poetic. The Ravens King was beautifully written, but the story was slow to grab me like her other works have. I wasn't a fan of "depending on where you begin the story..." it really annoyed me, but that's just my opinion. It was a good book, strong writing, but slow to hook me. The end was a bit bland even though it seemed happy enough. Idk...it just seemed bland for a series ender compared to some of her other books. I'll still read all her books though!