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.
The story is so incredibly rich and descriptive. I tasted it. I smelled it. I felt it beneath my fingers and I adored it. I knew it and yet I have not lived it. Oh and Ronans' story was my favourite.
All brought to life by the narrator. There is no better way to experience it.
Give yourself a gift and listen to this series.
"Once in a Lifetime Series"
“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
"A bit of a let down..."
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.
"5 Star Series"
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.
"Sorry to be let down"
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!
"We need more naturally progressing gay story lines"
Thank you for this one. And thank you for this cycle of books in general. I am sad there isn't more.
"Great overall production."
I loved the subtle differences in voice that Patton uses and the songs and quotes at the beginning and ends were great.
"Great story, would have liked more from glendower and gansey."
I loved this series. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because of glendower and gansey. Without giving anything away, all I will say is that their stories were not what I had hoped or expected. The story was still great just different than I had hoped as compared to the other books. Still a great read/listen.
"Four books later..."
And I'm still unsure of how to feel. I committed to the series because so many readers that I respect rated it very high.
None of the characters, except maybe Adam, think as I do. They are far more driven, precise, and decisive than I was a teen or even am today. The characters are also so fearless and honorable, that i doubt I would be welcome in their cliques.
So, I guess I've had a problem relating to these characters. They're odd and unique, but are so resigned to their "weirdness' that it takes away from the fun of them being quirky.
Keep in mind, that I'm still giving this series 4 stars! They are impressive works. Just felt a little heavy for me.
"A more esoteric wandering of a tale"
The first two books in this series were excellent, the third a bit more untethered. This one was just too loose for me. The quest felt thin. And Ronin's desire came out of nowhere for me. I never saw a hint of it in the previous books (is it possible I missed it?) so this felt like a desperate attempt to create a sub-sub-plot. The end was confusing. Was that wholly Gansey?
Probably not in this series. Perhaps a different one altogether.
If the entire series were made into one movie, I would. Not just this book.
Will Patton is an amazing voice actor. Listen to the way he says "All rights reserved" at the end. He is invested to the very end. Seriously, I would pay for him to read the dictionary. He is the only reason I stuck it out to the end of this book. His voice is soothing and rich and it carries the meaning that the words imply.
It was creepy and mesmerising in all the right places, the narrator had me spellbound! I could not stop listening! I would highly recommend!
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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