Make Way for The Raven King

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Make Way for The Raven King

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And thus ends the tale of 1 girl, 3 boys, and a lost Welsh King.

 

After almost exactly a year and a half of waiting, fans of the Raven Boys series finally have their conclusion. The final book in the series of four wraps of the stories of Gansey, Blue, Ronan, and Adam as they conclude their quest for the lost Welsh king, Owen Glendower.

Gansey is getting closer and closer to his lost king, and closer and closer towards his foretold death. On the final step of his journey, he brings his magician, Adam, his dreamer, Ronan, Blue, who just might be destined to love and kill him, and Henry, the newcomer to their odd little world.

As the last book in the series, The Raven King manages to tie up the last of the plot threads into a bow so neat that author Maggie Stiefvater couldn’t have done any better. With a beautiful narrative that details the harsh reality of the demon-infested depths our brave heroes have dug themselves into, Stiefvater introduces new villains, new heroes, and a saviour that’s been with them all along.

Henry Cheng, one of the newer characters to the series, adds color and a bit of surprise to the events that unfold between the covers of the book, playing a bigger role than could have been imagined. But Stiefvater didn’t only introduce new characters to the Raven Boys universe, she also brought back familiar characters, both living and mostly dead, as well as relationships that had begun, ended, and travelled onwards, from the previous books in the series.

With not only the end of the prophecies approaching rapidly, but the end of high school as well, the group is understandingly a bit anxious. Ronan is failing out of Aglionby and Gansey is worried about him and the promise he made to Ronan’s brother that he will graduate. Adam, while continuing to be the hands and eyes of Cabeswater, is still haunted by ghosts of his past, and Blue is still wondering what’s going to happen when the year finishes and she’s left in Henrietta. The four of them, joined by Henry Cheng, a fellow Aglionby student, discover that there is a new force in Cabeswater and not a kind one either. And unfortunately, it seems that they are the last line of defense it has against the darkness.

Stiefvater conveys a wonderfully brilliant story that creates the perfect cap to a long-running series that has pulled many a fan’s heart along with it. The Raven King carries a powerful message of hope, friendship, and a belief in the incredible within its pages, that springs forth with every new chapter. And I couldn’t think of a better way for fans to say goodbye to Gansey, Blue, Adam, and Ronan than a book that isn’t an ending, but the beginning of something new.

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