PSA: This post is going to be spoiler-free. I hate spoilers so much that I plugged my ears when I was at the bookstore release event for this book. Don’t worry. I won’t be that person.
Oh my goodness. You guys. I love Latin, have I ever mentioned that? Not that I know Latin at all, but just the idea of it. Something about it is so esoteric and beautiful, and whenever it’s spoken in The Raven Cycle books, something inside me gets all fluttery.
To be fair, at a lot of points while reading these books I felt all fluttery. I read the first three during a whirlwind last winter break, and since then I’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of the fourth and final book in the series. It was the most excited for a book release I’ve been since Harry Potter, and my excitement was amplified because Allie and I were going to the release event where Maggie Stiefvater herself would be! It was a lovely event, she’s hilarious, and then I got home and binge-read The Raven King.
If you haven’t read the rest of the series, I recommend you do so immediately. It’s the story of a group of high schoolers on a magical quest to find a buried Welsh king in the Virginia mountains, and it’s amazing. It’s hard for me to categorize – it’s definitely fantasy, but not fantasy. (To pull a quote from The Raven King, “Magic, but a reasonable magic.”) I was looking at The Raven King with a really unsettling feeling of “the day has arrived and I’m so excited but also everything is going to be devastating will I ever be happy again.” Now after reading, can confirm: everything was beautiful; everything hurts.
My favorite part of a book is always (let’s all say it together!) the characters, and WOW these characters are great. Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah, and Blue are all totally real people to me, and I love them as individuals and as a group. I just want to fall into the pages of the books and go spelunking with them. They’re funny and flawed, and in The Raven King I think their dynamic is even stronger than it was in earlier books. It’s a good thing none of my roommates were home while I was reading, because I had to keep putting the book down to make happy noises.
At the same time that I was tremendously happy, though, my heart hurt. Because the characters are so real, everything that makes them sad or anxious makes me sad or anxious, too. The result was that I read the book in a day and a half at what felt like a hundred miles an hour, and I’m still recovering. But recovering in the best way possible! Rex corvus, parate regis corvi.
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
Release date: April 26, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Magic
Source: Purchased at Maggie’s book signing
My Rating: 4.5/5