Q&A Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Pages: 438, hardcover
Series: The Raven Cycle, #4
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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

1) Best Part of this Book?

My favorite two things about The Raven Cycle have always been the characters and the atmosphere. The characters are so complex and human and unique and I love where they all ended up, and don’t even talk to me about the relationships. THEY ALL LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH and it’s clear both in the small moments and the big ones. And the writing and imagery are gorgeous without being overdone, and this book in particular had a horror movie vibe that I enjoyed even as I was internally screaming. 

Also, I swear to god reading TRK made my brain start releasing endorphins. I don’t know how else to explain it–during the happier scenes, I just remember sitting there in my chair and letting the words float over me and feeling so content and at peace, which is quite a feat since my finals are a week from now.

ALSO that one kiss. And that other kiss. If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the fandom, you can probably guess which one I mean.

ALSO ALSO Blue and Ronan fistbumped. Twice. That was pretty great.

2) Favorite character?

I LOVE ADAM PARRISH MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THIS LIFE I WILL CHOOSE HIS HAPPINESS OVER MINE EVERY TIME and I am so, so proud of how far he’s come and the choices he made and where he ended up. 

Ronan is a close second, though. And re: newer characters, Henry Cheng is a gift.

3) Worst part of this book?

As much as I enjoy Piper, I really, really did not care about her backstory or the scenes with her and the supernatural-things-market. I enjoyed those chapters, but I always found myself wanting to return to the actual story.

Not a flaw of the book itself, but I do wish Henry had been around earlier in the series, so that we could see his dynamic with the rest of the Raven Boys and his friendship with Gansey had more narrative backing.

4) Favorite Quote?

Most of my favorite quotes are spoilers, but

“Adam smiled cheerily. Ronan would start wars and burn cities for that true smile, elastic and amiable.”

5) Was it what’s Expected?

I was worried that, given how long I had to wait for the book, it wouldn’t live up to expectations. As it turned out, this book was everything I could have hoped for and more. In terms of specific predictions, I didn’t make any because I knew they would be wrong, but certain things that happened in the book are ones I could never have guessed. 

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YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

Polina 

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