Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Published by Scholastic Press on April 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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.
Kings and dreamers, psychics and sentient forests – Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle is a masterpiece in creepy paranormal fantasy. This review is spoiler-free.
The hectic life of a book reviewer means that I wasn’t supposed to be binge-reading a series right now, but after I read The Raven Boys I kept finding my brain back in the world of Gansey, Blue, Adam and Ronan, Noah and 300 Fox Way. I seem to be accidentally reading these paranormal books while also binge-watching Supernatural. Totally not intentional but also not sorry.
The main story follows the Raven Boys + Blue as they search the area around the town of Henrietta for an ancient Welsh king, supposedly buried along the ley line that runs through the area. But the best part of this series is that the mystery of Glendower often takes a back seat to the characters and their relationships, the magical development of each of them and the links between all of the characters in the story. By the end I was so invested in EVERY character that I was terrified that any one of them wasn’t going to make it.
Maggie’s writing style is the kind you must read slowly, savouring each line twice to make sure you understand what’s happening. I’m sure if I went back and read the whole series again, I’d discover a whole other level of meaning hidden along the way. It’s beautiful, witty and descriptive writing, but also very eccentric, which means it’s probably not for everyone. I LOVED it, though.
Be warned, this series is rather dark and violent behind its whimsy – perfect for Halloween, so get out your ghostly costume and dial up the creepiness! Seriously, I doubt I would watch this story on a screen – it would be completely terrifying!