The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from irrepressible, number-one New York Times best-selling 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."
©2016 Maggie Stiefvater (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.
“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn't want it to be over.”
This is truly a once in a lifetime series. If Harry Potter was my childhood, The Raven Cycle was my 20's. This series was perfect for me, and I don't think anyone could break the spell that this series and these characters have cast upon me.
“They were both hungry animals, but Adam had been starving for far longer.”
“Depending on where you began the story, it was about..." unconditional love and the power it can evoke. This book is the type of book that makes me want to be a better person. It makes me want to be more appreciative of my friends and family. It makes me so thankful that I have a love for reading and that it was instilled in me from a young age. It makes me feel so blessed that I'm able to read and able to read books like this. I'm eternally grateful to Maggie Stiefvater and her words that somehow penetrated my heart and built this perfect story.
I'm writing this review in actual tears, because this story is so beautiful and means so much to me. I probably sound really incoherent and this review is ending up just like my Shiver review, where I'm just fangirling, but sometimes while reading this series I felt like Maggie Stiefvater was writing this solely for me. Like she somehow got inside my heart and wrote my soul down on paper. I really don't have any words that I can string together to do a review for The Raven King justice; I'll just say that it changed me forever, I'm eternally grateful to have had this reading experience, and that I'll never forget it. Thank you, Maggie Stiefvater.
Blue, Gansey, Adam, and Ronan all have a piece of my heart that I will never get back. In return, they will stay with me forever.
“He closed his eyes and he began to dream.”
The writing is beautiful Will Patton's voice , timing and expression of each character exquisite. The series has been a delight and although it is a young adult fiction this 52-year-old has been enthralled. I hope there are more to come
The finale was just sort of anti-climatic. Such a big build up for such a "no big deal" ending. I have really loved this series and as a result of having found it Maggie Stiefvater is now one of my favorite writers, but I was a little let down by the ending.
No. In fact if it were from any other writer I'd have given it a higher rating but I've come to expect such magic and poetry from this writer that anything less is a disappointment.
Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators but I'm not crazy about his particular style for this series. I see the women as younger and more vivacious, I think Will Patton portrays them with old, witchy voices...I've bought more than a few books just because he was the narrator but I don't think he's right for this series.
Sure, but I'm certain Hollywood would manage to stray from the authors material and screw it up like they do most books to TV (Outlander being the one exception I can think of). I can't imagine who would star in it though. When I read I see the people as the author describes them, not as this or that actor.
The book is still totally worth a read/listen, Maggie S. is one of the most gifted wordsmiths I have come across in my long life. She can turn a phrase with such vivid conception that it is "art", truly a gifted writer.
Since I read this series back to back without time to write individual reviews, I'm summing up the whole series in one review. Lazy? Guilty as charged.
Book 1 - 3 stars. It was different and though set in real time, easily drifted into fantasy time.
Book 2 - 3 stars. Possibly the one I enjoyed most in the series. The concept of a dream thief was fascinating. Plus, loved the action.
Book 3 - 2 stars. What happened? New characters were overwhelming. Something I overlooked in the other books - dialogues that left things unsaid as well as confusing dream sequences - really irritated me in this one.
Book 4 - 2 stars (maybe 1.5). This could have been a trilogy in my opinion. This last in the series dragged. Again, why are all these new characters not fundamental to the tale of the foursome? I was hoping for lots of action to resolve the story but it lacked for me, regretfully.
Narration - 5 star across the board!
My name is Irene and I'm a lifelong bookaholic. A few years ago, I started adding audiobooks and I'm so happy I joined Audible in 2015 :-))
The final installment of The Raven Cycle that was worth waiting for. There is a richness of detail that is each character; the values of friendship & sacrifice that are woven in several layers throughout; and the magic that is life and creation. These books are not for emotionally limited characters who revel in a vision of dystopian society; rather they are for those who dare to dream of, and reach for, more. Will Patton is absolutely perfect is narrator for the series: the differentiation of characters, the communication of emotion, even the levels of southern accent. 5star all the way.
...but most of all, beautiful. The fantastic story of The Raven Cycle is at its most brilliant in this, the fourth installment of the series. Thank you Maggie Stiefvader for creating such magic in a world whose magic is hidden in plain sight. Thank you to Will Patton for so vividly and passionately bringing it to life.
I loved this series! Totally captivated by the story and the narrator. Will Patton could read the dictionary and I would listen!!
I was so sad to have it end but the author did allow for the possibility of new adventures to come! bring it!
I'm so sad it's over! I have to say some of my favorite characters were Greenmantle simply because he was charismatic and devious and I loved the way Will Paton performed as him.
I loved the Grey man and I loved the way he developed from a cold hearted hitman to someone who sort of found themselves again.
this whole adventure was just wonderful. I wish there was more to be had! I was heart broken to find that Glendower was not found. I was kind of expecting an epic battle between the King and the demon and the twist in the end with Noah took me by surprise!
Great work. Truly.
beautiful, beautiful story, so real...it tugged at heart strings and kept me hooked...will patton definitely did a great job with the narration and Maggie Oh my God I just love everything about the way you write, some scenes left me breathless. I had listened so intently. thank you so much, wonderful series.
I simply adored this book, this series, these characters. They are unendingly well written and imagined.
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