The Raven King is the forth and final book in The Raven Cycle written by Maggie Stiefvater. I LOVED this series and encourage anyone curious about starting the series to read my review of the first book, The Raven Boys.
I am honestly going to tell you, it took me awhile to determine how I felt about this book, and consequently, the end of the series. It was ALMOST fairy-tale like, where Blue and the boys almost got everything they wanted, but yet again, it was not exactly a perfect ending by any means.
I love how there are different types of relationships in this book. If it wasn’t for Cabeswater, I don’t think Adam and Ronan would have made a good match (I am sure a lot of people out there disagree with me on this). I do think that their connection through Cabeswater was something that they couldn’t quite share with anyone and therefore drew them together.
My favorite part of this entire book was how well she wrapped everything up. The events all came full circle. As his final act, Noah slips back in time and whispers in Gansey’s ear, “You will live because of Glendower. Someone else on the Ley line is dying when they should not, and so you will live when you should not.” What started Gansey off on his journey to find Glendower and meet his friends, is Noah’s end, his last act.
Throughout the book, a huge theme is death and resurrection. Noah gave up his life for Gansey, Gansey gave up his life to stop the third sleeper from fully waking, Cabeswater gives itself up for Gansey and pieces him back together with pieces of his friends. I’d argue to say true friendship and sacrifice is an underlying theme throughout the entire series. Other people have also said that it makes sense why Gansey said it just felt rights when he meets Blue, Noah, Ronan, and Adam. Cabeswater put him back together using pieces of his friends, therefore it was like finding pieces of his own soul when he found each of them. Again, the circularity of time is simply beautiful and amazing in this book! Almost comparable to Doctor Who (a TV series you should definitely watch).
It took me a long time to digest this book and how I felt about it, but after doing research, I think I absolutely love how it ended and how it wrapped up. The saddest part to me was Noah. I really wanted him to be able to have a second shot at life. But his sacrifice ultimately got him justice, which is what he truly deserved This is why I said it was almost a fairy-tale ending, but not quite.