The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author 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."
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The fourth and final installment of the epic Raven Cycle series is an absolute winner. The supremely talented and imaginative Maggie Stiefvater juggles multiple ongoing plot lines with new page-turning revelations and surprises. The Raven King doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff—life and death, power and personal responsibilities, shattered promises—but we’d follow Stiefvater anywhere, knowing we’re in good, crazily smart hands.
"What a strange constellation they all were." Such is Richard Gansey's assessment of the teenage magical dreamers, psychic amplifiers, scryers, and ghosts who have been his closest companions in his efforts to find the sleeping Welsh king Glendower over the previous three books of the Raven Cycle. The search for that king and the fact that Gansey is supposed to die this year, probably from a kiss from Blue has hung over each novel, and it all comes to a head now. Despite Stiefvater's use of repeating phrases ("Depending on where you began the story, it was about...") to create an air of finality and heighten the mythic scope of Gansey's quest, the path to what readers have always known was coming is swirling, chaotic, and unpredictable, drawing in robotic bees, real wasps, a cloven-hooved girl, a terrifically powerful demon, tree spirits, fast cars, and a couple of eagerly anticipated kisses. The playful, imaginative force of Stiefvater's writing works its magic once again, and most readers will finish this saga not with regret or disappointment but with hope. Ages 14 up.
One of my favorite series! Wholly unique!
Never disappointed more in a series’ ending.
First of all, why such a prude? 17-19 yr olds aren’t just pecking or having their first kiss. Secondly, what a ridiculously dissatisfying ending. It’s almost as if you simply gave up towards the end. For shame.
In varying degrees of horror, shock, joy, and composure basically sums up my reaction to the conclusion of the series. I laughed, but mostly I cried. Stiefvater is my favorite author for a good reason.