“The definitions of possible and impossible were negotiable these days” // Review of “The Raven King” by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven King (Raven Cycle #4)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Date Read: 26/04/2016 – 29/04/2016
Rating: ★★★


ravenkingcoverI am honestly going to struggle to write this review. As with the first book, I had trouble deciding what to rate this one, though this time the debate was between 2 and 3, rather than 3 and 4. I’m feeling generous, so I went higher.
I had hoped for something really epic to conclude this series. I know that a lot of people felt this book achieved that, but I found that while I liked several parts of it, a lot of it ended up anti-climactic and unsatisfying. I think my biggest issue is that Maggie Stiefvater tried to do an awful lot of things in not very many pages, and thus it all fell a bit flat.

Cabeswater is dying. It is affecting Adam because of his pledge to it in an earlier book, and it is affecting Ronan in his dreams. The only way to save the forest is for someone to willingly sacrifice themselves on the ley line. Meanwhile, Piper Greenmantle thinks she is in control of things and is drawing more dangerous people to Henrietta than ever before.

Between Cabeswater dying, Piper’s shenanigans (I’m trying not to be too spoilery about that, because it is quite integral to the book’s events), the search for Glendower continuing, new characters being introduced, Blue learning some strange and interesting things about her heritage, our main characters finding out about a black market of magical items that their friends and families have been involved in… it was a lot to cover, and too much for any one of these events to really be given adequate time for exploration.

There were also several loose ends that never really got tied up. Does anyone even know what happened to Noah?

This all makes me a bit sad, because I have been recommending this series, but I think I will now have to recommend it with the caveat that the ending falls a bit flat.

This is a link to my review of this book on GoodReads, where I’ve also noted a lot of specific things that bothered me under a spoiler tag. If you’ve already read the book, or if spoilers don’t bother you, go check that out, too.

#WWW Wednesday – April 27, 2016

It is Wednesday, and that means WWW Wednesday! Yaaaay! WWW Wednesday is a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.


  • What are you currently reading?

I purchased The Raven King, the 4th book in the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, when it was released yesterday. At time of writing this post, I’m about 25% into it and… well, I was hoping the final book in the series would be a bit more exciting? Cabeswater is being a bit weird, and there have been a couple of important conversations, but mostly it’s just sort of ambling on…

edgeofdarkcoverI also read about 30% of The Edge of Darkness by K. L. Schwengel during train journeys on the weekend. I would have read a lot more except I spent a lot of the travel time sleeping. I plan to get back to this as soon as I’m done with the Raven King. I honestly don’t read a lot of high fantasy, but I do recommend this series.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

bluelilycoverI finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, the third in the Raven Cycle. I was actually a bit disappointed in that one. I felt the story was really starting to drag, and I think that’s why I’m feeling especially disappointed that the new book doesn’t really seem to be picking up the pace. Review goes up on Friday. Speaking of reviews, mine for The Dream Thieves (Book 2) went up on Monday.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I gave up waiting for my library’s on order of A Gathering of Shadows, the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, to come in, and bought the ebook. I imagine that will be next, before all the hype wears down (I know, that’s not something people say all that often, but this is one where I want to share in the excitement!).

Two of my holds came in at the library this week, and I also just randomly picked up two more library books as well. They are, in no particular order:riversoflondoncover

So that’s my next few weeks’ reading cut out for me, I think!

What have you been reading this week? Any recommendations?

~ Emily