The Raven King

The Raven King

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 B...

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The Raven King Reviews

  • Nat

    My second copy (and never read before) of this book is looking for a new home, and it's in mint condition (*winks in Gansey*). Check out my depop @bookspoils.

    How much can I rave about these books?

    I’ve been waiting for this moment for months now, but I can finally say that I’ve finished reading

    . I was so nervous going into this because my expectations were sky-high, but it is everything I could've dreamed it to be and more. I felt like my he

    My second copy (and never read before) of this book is looking for a new home, and it's in mint condition (*winks in Gansey*). Check out my depop @bookspoils.

    How much can I rave about these books?

    I’ve been waiting for this moment for months now, but I can finally say that I’ve finished reading

    . I was so nervous going into this because my expectations were sky-high, but it is everything I could've dreamed it to be and more. I felt like my heart was cracking throughout this whole experience.

    Depending on where you began the story, it was about Gansey and the revelation that he knows that this might be his last year to find the King and complete his ongoing quest once and for all.

    is set a week after the events of the last book, Maura is back home with Artemus, who knows more than he is saying and is acting rather peculiar- especially when Gwenllian is around. And Blue and her raven boys are still on their quest to find the King.

    The uncertainty over everything kept me on the edge for the entire story. It felt like the end of everything.

    I was hooked as soon as I read the first sentence. And I was so into the story that I couldn’t stop reading until the last page (and I unfortunately had a huge headache after reading so much).

    But I laughed, I cried, I mourned.

    What more could I ask of Stiefvater, a master storyteller?

    She creates these atmospheric, impressionistic scenes with this quiet but impeccable style.

    I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW HER TALENTS BUT I DON’T WANT TO SHARE HER WITH ANYONE.

    For the past month I’ve talked and ranted so much about these characters that even my mom got invested and was waiting for me to tell her what happened in the final book. (By the way, she said that Gansey wasn’t going to die) (Thanks Mom for believing.)

    As I mentioned before, it starts with Gansey’s incredibly rich and unique tale and continues with his found family.

    What is my review worth without mentioning Ronan too many times?

    But seriously, he continues to amaze me and he’s just an all-time favorite of mine that I won’t be letting go of any time soon.

    Also, I’m in love with this fanart of him:

    My life, I love Ronan too much. My new goal is for him to say the

    same things to me.

    He’s seriously the best.

    Adam perfectly described how I feel about this series. These books have become my home and I cannot believe it took me so long to discover. I love it in a way that nearly overwhelms me with gratitude

    I also loved that this book focused on the romance (among many other happenings), and it was slow, uncertain and exquisitely written. My heart is still happy and beating like crazy.

    And while I’m on the topic of Ronan, I finally got to see him with his brothers and it was too good to be true. I was so happy Maggie included it.

    Ronan is seriously messing me up. I love him with all my heart.

    And another favorite part in this book was when Declan and Ronan finally sat down and just talked.

    Why does his childhood make me cry?

    I really love hearing about his childhood.

    Ronan and his family are unlike anyone else and I love how everyone is involved in this book and that the adults care about the kids and vice versa and nobody is excluded and it’s just great great great.

    Also great great great, were Adam and Ronan:

    Maggie knows exactly where to hit home for me.

    I love Adam and yes, he continues to break my heart. Adam is the one I related to the most, and I’m so proud of him and his character growth. And I love how Ronan and Adam support one another.

    I was barely recovering from them when I got to see Gansey and Blue being so sweet. All I can say is that Gansey has got a way with words.

    I’m really glad he and Blue stopped trying to hide their relationship from the group. And Gansey being, as Maggie said in

    , a Dick but not a dick:

    This is exactly why I love Ronan so much. If anyone asked me why, I would just show this one quote.

    I think this book might be my favorite in the series because so much happened and I am in awe by Maggie Stiefvater’s ability to write something so beautiful and descriptive, so exciting and so heartbreaking.

    And as she also promised in her recap, Henry Cheng shows up more and I really liked him in this book, which I honestly wasn’t expecting.

    He was such an intriguing character, especially with the whole RoboBee situation.

    And then the book circles back to Ronan and Adam, and I’m not freaking out or smiling or anything like that:

    He surprised me so much that my heart started beating too fast. It was such a perfectly build up moment and I’m speechless and in love and in tears and and and. Time stopped for me. This is giving me life right now, this is giving me so much life.

    I reread that page so many times that I now remember every single word. Someone finally got kissed,

    , and it was such a genuine and real moment. Too good for words.

    I was speechless for so long, but Henry managed to perfectly describe how I was feeling:

    This is exactly how I feel when I try to explain my love for this series and the characters within.

    But then, you know what’s happening next, the most painful moment that I dreaded and hoped hoped hoped wouldn’t happen. (But secretly wanted to see played out— but also didn’t.)

    I started crying here because no, Henry, no.

    But then Gansey and the group find Glendower and go in, only to find it to be not as they imagined:

    But it wasn’t really.

    I was hopeful till the last page.

    The power to stay quiet in the middle of the night while crying was nearly impossible, especially when listening to

    .

    Maggie really knew how to destroy me, I needed him back.

    Would it?

    I seriously cannot remember a time when I’ve felt so deeply for a character’s (near) death.

    I truly applaud Stiefvater for everything she managed to conclude in this book. She really brought him back. And Ronan and Adam and Blue and everyone and just

    .

  • Miranda Reads

    Everyone knows about that feeling you get at the end of a series.

    When you know the

    that author hinted at (for three books) is about to happen.

    AND

    that the author couldn't possibly let that happen -

    us like that,

    Everyone knows about that feeling you get at the end of a series.

    When you know the

    that author hinted at (for three books) is about to happen.

    AND

    that the author couldn't possibly let that happen -

    us like that,

    BUT the closer you get to

    the more your heart quickens and you start holding your breath.

    This is my third time through and each time, I just want to smush all these characters in a hug.

    Seeing how Blue, Ronan, Adam and Gansey

    over the series does wonders for my heart.

    I was a smidge disappointed by how the ending was wrapped up within only a few pages...but you're left with enough of a their-in-a-good-place ending to keep you happy.

    (And the

    was completely resolved!) (Oh thank goodness!)

    And who knows, maybe there will be another...?

    Literally could not recommend the audio more. It's gotten to the point where if I read the book, I can hear the Will Patton's voice.

    He does such an amazing job with the tone, inflection, everything that it feels like I'm listening to all my favorite characters chit-chatting rather than someone reading the book to me.

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  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    There’s no better way to start this review than with this quote, because after reading this series my heart is truly all fire. When I began to read

    in October 2017 I had no idea that I’d love this series so much. I was completely oblivious to the fact that those boys would take over my entire world and I had no clue that I’d become so attached to them. I just didn’t know what I was getting myself into but after finishing the last boo

    There’s no better way to start this review than with this quote, because after reading this series my heart is truly all fire. When I began to read

    in October 2017 I had no idea that I’d love this series so much. I was completely oblivious to the fact that those boys would take over my entire world and I had no clue that I’d become so attached to them. I just didn’t know what I was getting myself into but after finishing the last book I can say that I don’t regret anything!!! XD

    Over those last seven months I’ve been on a long journey with my boys. I cheered for them, I suffered with them, I was sad and despaired, I was hopeful and happy. I sighed, I laughed, I cried, I tore at my hair, I screamed, I dreamed, and I died about a thousand deaths!

    In short: I lived and breathed those books!!!

    They became an integral part of me and my life and I actually feel like I’ve become one of the Raven Boys as well. I guess that means that in some way I kind of made a bargain with Cabeswater too. Uh oh! XD

    Well, anyway!

    What I want to say is that I love those characters so much, I feel like every attempt to put it into words is automatically bound to fail. There are no words to describe how intensely I feel about those boys and even if I’d become a hundred years, I still wouldn’t be able to express all of my feelings.

    It’s an impossible task and maybe this is good the way it is. It’s part of the magic of those books and truth be told, I’m convinced we all need a little magic in our lives every once in a while. ;-)

    There was lightning and thunder outside of my window when I finished this book.

    It

    like the end of the world.

    To read those final pages of

    ?!

    It

    like the end of the world…

    I will miss my boys and Maggie’s unique magic so damn much! T_T *sobs and is unconsolable*

    I think this quote is kind of giving direction to the entire last book because after the third sleeper was woken up a lot of strange things begin to happen. Our boys have a lot of different troubles to face and to say they are in deep doo-doo would be putting it more than just mildly. *lol* They don’t only have to work on the discrepancies among each other, but also outside of their magical world and inside of Cabeswater. In short: There’s a whole wagon of feels that’s going to hit you, and it’s going to hit you hard! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! ;-P

    Oh, Gansey. My troubled soul! I once again felt so sorry for him and to top it all off we finally found out that he actually knows he’s going to die. Of course I should have known that he would figure it out, but for some reason I thought he was unaware of his impending death. Well, turns out he knew it all along. *sigh* The way it all happened in the end was so unexpected though. I didn’t see this coming… NOT AT ALL and I think I was at least as devastated as Gansey when he found out that Glendower had been dead for years. My heart bled for him… for him and his wishes and all his unfulfilled dreams. T_T

    It was really nice to find out about Artemus’ origins and it caused me understand Blue a little bit better. It explained why she always felt wrong in her own skin and I guess it also explains why Gansey and she had this special connection. XD Still, in some way the reveal of her background story only confused me even more and I don’t even dare to say it but after four entire books, I still don’t feel like I really know her character. *lol* After BLLB her character became less tangible again and I really don’t know why. Maybe Maggie, that genius master mind, planned it that way? I guess I’ll never know. *shrugs*

    There I said it out loud! *lol* Don’t get me wrong, of course I still love Ronan too, but Ronan reminds me too much of myself. XD I love him in sense of Philia and Agape whereas Adam Parrish is my Eros and Agape. Haha! Does that make sense? Guess to all of you who had some serious Greek philosophy lessons it does. ;-P Well anyway, I love Adam and what he has become and I was so damn proud of him throughout the entire book. Despite his father and everything that happened to him he’s become a beautiful human being and I just love him for it! <333 He’s strong now, he found his way and nothing can stop him. Not even a stupid demon that’s trying to possess him! YAY! Gosh I just love my boy!!! My Adam! <333 *heart eyes* Still, Maggie why did you have to hurt him so much?! T_T

    As it seems Ronan is always good for a surprise. *lol* I didn’t expect that Matthew was one of his dreams and I certainly didn’t expect the revelation about Cabeswater! XD I mean OMG!! Ronan dreamed Cabeswater into life!!! To dream a place like that? Gosh, he must be so damn powerful and skilled af!! Sounds like my boy? Yes, it does! ;-) I loved that he finally made peace with Declan and that the three Lynch brothers got along so well in the end. It made me happy to see them like that and I wish it could have stayed that way, but no Maggie had to break my heart into thousand pieces. As Ronan’s twin I felt with him when Aurora died and boy was it painful!!!

    You made him and orphan!!! He would have deserved so much better than that!!! T_T To see Ronan suffer and cry? It hurt so damn much… I can’t even…. *sobs*

    I don’t know about you, but

    would have loved to get to know this hyper Noah. His story made me so damn sad and I really wish he would have had a chance to get his happily ever after. Unfortunately he didn’t get what he deserved and I can only hope that he’s happy wherever he is now. The way I see it Noah chose to safe Gansey when he died the first time. He did it in order to guarantee that Cabeswater could save him the second time around and in a strange way this actually makes sense. XD Still, Noah Czerny is adorable and precious and he would have deserved the world!!! T_T RIP Noah! <333

    Why was Henry introduced so late?! I loved that boy!!! He’s amazing and funny and honest and pure!!! I really wish he would have been a bigger part of this! I would have loved to read more about him and I instantly felt a connection to this awesome boy! I was so sorry when I found out that he had been kidnapped and I truly loved him for acting to safe Blue’s principles in front of the others. *lol* It makes me sad that I probably will never read about him again and I really hope Maggie will include him in one of her future stories. Please, Maggie! *makes huge puppy eyes*

    I already didn’t like Piper in “Blue Lily, Lily Blue” but my initial dislike for her grew into an even bigger monster in this book. I really started to hate her with a fierce passion and in the end all I wanted was for her to drop dead. *lol* I know those are strong and negative feelings coming from me but I really hated her so much! XD Piper and that mean demon almost killed my lovely boys so I think I’m kind of entitled to feel that way. I always knew that the demon would kill her and if you ask me he waited way too long to do it. *lol* Whoopsie, was that mean? *smiles innocently*

    I loved the chemistry between Gansey and Henry! Yep, chemistry! Don’t even try to say there is none because it was all over the place!!! XD It was so amazing to watch and I couldn’t help but marvel at their interactions. It was wonderful how Henry always knew what Gansey needed and it was so funny that Gansey had no other choice than to accept it because he knew Henry was right. =)) I really wish we could have seen more of them and I truly hope there will be some sort of short story in the future. I know Maggie is busy, but I can always hope, right?! ;-P

    Those two!!! *LOL* I will say it again and again! I love how close they became over those last few books and whenever they spoke with each other it always made me smile. Ronan’s reaction to her scar was priceless and it was so damn adorable that he was proud of her getting suspended! XD Their dynamic is so much fun and I’m so glad they started to get along so well. =)))

    I CAN’T EVEN!! MY HEART!!!

    I loved every little moment between them, every single gesture, every eye contact, every smile, every playful remark!!! THEY ARE EVERYTHING!!! Their first kiss blew me away and I was so happy I couldn’t stop smiling for two days! And OMG!!! Ronan thinking about Adam’s hands? It was my undoing! I love hands, I love Adam, I love Ronan! ARGH! I think I’m going to die! And what a wonderful death it would be!!! Still, nothing, really nothing could prepare me for CHAPTER 39!!!

    I read this chapter about a thousand times. It still moves me, it makes me cry! <333 *shakes head and fights tears* I just love them so much… Thank you Maggie! *sobs*

    Don’t you love it that Gansey thinks Blue driving his Camaro is an “incredibly indecent act”? *LOL* Those two are so innocent it’s not even normal. Haha! Where Adam and Ronan are all fire, tension and heat, Gansey and Blue are almost too shy and sweet. XD I was so happy they finally decided to tell the others and the chapter of Henry Cheng’s toga party gave me life!!! Seriously, I loved this party so damn much! It’s a perfect example of Maggie’s awesome writing skills and I truly wish this chapter would have never ended. =))) I’m so happy they can be together now and forgive me this pun, but I think their first kiss was rather breathtaking, don’t you agree? ;-P *lol*

    It was such a wonderful journey! I’m so sad it’s over now. T_T I will miss my boys so much! I will miss their comments, their unconditional love, their easy banter. *sniff* This series goes straight to my favourite shelf and it will stay there forever! <333

    Thank you, Maggie!

    Also, a big thanks to my lovely Adam! Thank you for holding my hand throughout the entire book. I was so lucky to have you at my side. I think I couldn’t have done this without your support and I’m so glad we read this together! <333

    (No, not really! I could have gone on and on but I already reached the gr word limit. So, yeah I’m sorry guys! *lol*)

  • Raeleen Lemay

    I tried reading this book right when it came out, and I got about 100 pages in before I had to put it down. I'm not sure if I'm just no longer interested in the plot/character development, or if it's actually something about this book in particular that I couldn't click with. Either way, I don't have any plans to finish it any time soon.

    OH MY GOODNESS HOW IRONIC THAT I USED A POA GIF EARLIER BECAUSE THE COVER LOOKS LIKE A STAG PATRONUS HAAAHAHAKHSAKDLFH it's so pretty tho

    I tried reading this book right when it came out, and I got about 100 pages in before I had to put it down. I'm not sure if I'm just no longer interested in the plot/character development, or if it's actually something about this book in particular that I couldn't click with. Either way, I don't have any plans to finish it any time soon.

    OH MY GOODNESS HOW IRONIC THAT I USED A POA GIF EARLIER BECAUSE THE COVER LOOKS LIKE A STAG PATRONUS HAAAHAHAKHSAKDLFH it's so pretty though I love it

    no cover yet? NO COVER? k

  • Maggie Stiefvater

    this book has gross parts

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