This is the fourth book to a series called the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I started reading this series back in high school and to perfectly honest……70-80% of the series I do not remember, HOWEVER, I will do my best to catch you up to speed.
The Raven Cycle is about a group of teenagers who spend their time looking for a deceased Welsh king. It is said that whoever wakes the king will be granted a favor. One of the main characters, Blue Sargent, couldn’t fathom the idea of hanging out with the privileged Aglionby boys, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah but finds herself compelled to befriend them anyway. The catch? Blue comes from a family of psychics who inform her that she’ll kill her true love with a kiss. And her true love is none other than Gansey himself. In addition, Ronan is a dream thief who can bring items back from his dreams, Adam is connected to a magical forest and Noah is a ghost. These band of teenagers are in for an adventure that they will never forget.
Now that you all are up to speed (sort of) let’s get into the review of The Raven King.
It is the year that Gansey is said to die and the gang has not yet stopped looking for the Welsh King Glendower. But something is wrong with Cabeswater, the magical forest that Adam is connected to. It’s being destroyed and these four teens must figure out why.
As I said before it’s been a while since I started reading The Raven Cycle so it took me a while to get up to speed. I even had to read the plot on Wikipedia for a memory jog. But anyway, the addition of Henry Cheng was a nice touch. To me he added humor to the book in a different way that Ronan does. There was also a bit of romance between two other characters that I did not see coming, nor will I get into in order to keep this review spoiler free but I thought that was a nice addition to the plot as well. I will say that for a bunch of teenegers they have very profound and deep ways of thinking as well as an impressive vocabulary. To be quite honest, I got about halfway though the book before I realized that I had little to know clue what the hell was going on. Not that Maggie Stiefvater is a bad author (I’ve read other books by her and I’ve enjoyed them), its just that there was a lot going on and it confused me.
Overall, I give it a 2.5-3/5.