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The King of Crows

The Diviners, Book 4
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Series: The Diviners, Book 4
Length: 22 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times best seller, The Diviners, from Printz winner and beloved author, Libba Bray.

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows - but, she will need the Diviners' help to do it.

Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe's estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crow's plans. Now, the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hopes of joining forces with Sarah Beth and to stop the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever.

But as rumors of towns becoming ghost towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems to be lost.

In this sweeping finale, The Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation, and world from catastrophe....

©2020 Libba Bray (P)2020 Listening Library

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A strong ending

for a while this felt like a long road trip that didn't seem to be going anywhere, and I was worried the climax was going to be way too easy. it ends pretty strongly though and can definitely say I enjoyed it, despite a few niggles. January LaVoy was a joy to listen to, as always.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-2020

January LaVoy is astoundingly good

I love this series and January LaVoy elevates it to a whole new level, she is the most talented narrator I've ever heard.

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  • Laura Marsh
  • 08-05-2020

A Satisfactory, but Slightly Rushed Conclusion

The Diviners series is sure to become one of my all-time favorite book series, and certainly one of the best audio performances I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Bray touches on an array of societal, racial, and historical issues in a genuine and well-researched way, even exploring some relatively little seen themes such as asexuality, and the effect of physical disabilities on personal relationships. Besides the underlying (and sometimes not so underlying) lessons of these books, the Diviners series is fun, funny, charming, and engaging.

Bray's characters are wonderfully varied, and deeply formed, with compelling growth and catching personalities. I did find that there was something I was missing from the character interaction in this book, but it was difficult to put my finger on. Despite the length and breadth of the book, I felt like I needed more Sam & Evie, more Ling, more Memphis and Isaiah. The group didn't achieve quite the same charisma among each other as Bray has so effortlessly seemed to capture in the preceding books. That being said, one of the greatest things about this series is that now that it's over, I miss the characters.

Overall, I was satisfied with Bray's conclusion, though I found the ending felt a bit rushed, and maybe a little anticlimactic. Not my favorite book in the series, to be sure, but even so, I very much enjoyed The King of Crows, and I wouldn't have wanted to experience it any other way than having it read to me by January Lavoy. Thank you Libba Bray, for a wonderful story.

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  • aquariusismymood
  • 15-05-2020

An entertaining series

Not as strong as it's predecessors, but still an enjoyable story. The narration is superb.

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  • Kamiel
  • 08-03-2020

I waited for this???

Filled with fluff, very little action and at times predictable. On the plus side the narrator did a great job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-2020

Great book!

Loved revisiting the deviners characters and getting to know them in a deeper way. Suspenseful, mournful, and joyful all in one.

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  • Mani S.
  • 02-03-2020

Five star story and a ten star performance

Libba Bray finishes strong as this wonderful, strange and surprisingly historically aware tale draws to a close.
Bray's stylized prose gives a strong sense of place and the horrors it represents are evocative. The villains she writes are so despicable the only complaint comes when they are not thoroughly punished. But that's a creative choice as well. Bray chooses to focus on hope and the future than punishing the wicked.

I was a fan from the beginning and in no small part thanks to the brilliant January LaVoy. she's definitely a dozen people in a trench coat because no single human being can be so talented and diverse in their acting. I loved that Bray recognizes the narrator's role by honouring her with a character name in the story. I look forward to this marvelous pair reuniting for another book down the line. Parting is such sweet sorrow. These wonderful characters hopefully can return in a sequel series in the future.

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  • Brett Delaney
  • 01-03-2020

Another great read

I really loved this book. The performance of this is honestly the best I've ever heard. The performer is truly a master of voices. I took off a star because the climax felt really rushed. Also, LOVE you Libba Bray but oh my fucking god stop using the word "atom" when you clearly don't understand how an atom functions. Some of the times she uses atoms as descriptors she says "atoms splitting" like fuckin ooookay so there was an atomic explosion? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS. She put so much effort into researching the 1920s, and the setting is so rich... but she put no effort into learning some chemistry and physics for Lings character. We're led to believe that Ling Chan is really good at science, but she just repeats the same lines about "atoms" all the time. Don't write a scientifically eloquent character if you won't consult physicists or read up on things to actually round out her knowledge. It was even more frustrating in this book than the previous.
Also, I am SO confused by the epilogue here. We're led to believe that all this happened before the stock market crash, but then we see the beginning of the rise of Hitler, which was in 1933?? I was very confused by this. Seems like a pretty big oversight.

For the most part, this book is a good read. I just felt a little unsatisfied with some of the endings for the character arcs. Things felt too easy at times for them, and the stakes weren't heightened. What really saved it was the consistently good characters, whom I've fallen in love with over the course of this series. Bray can really write an amazing character, and usually she is GREAT at researching for the setting but it seems her publishers might have rushed her a bit on this one at times. Historical inaccuracies in a historical fiction novel can be jarring.

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  • Stephsol
  • 01-03-2020

The Diviner’s

Amazing series! I enjoyed every chapter. lLibba Bray is a terrific writer! Can’t wait for the movieS to come out for our pleasure!!!.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-02-2020

Awesome

Characters are fabulous and plots were interesting. Audiobooks are worth the listen if you can

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  • Bobi
  • 15-02-2020

Brilliant writing and story!

When I started this series I did not expect to be so enthralled. I enjoy reading fantasy, historical fiction and mysteries. This series covers it all. Libba Bray has given the world a gift with this story and I hope that many people who need to see the world as a whole read it. January LaVoy has become one of my favorite book voices. Her inflection is brilliant! I am happy about the end but sad that my time with Memphis, Sam, Ling and all the others is done. I will have to visit them from time to time. Thank you Libba and January!