The Raven Cycle: Book Series Review

The Raven Cycle: Book Series Review

Sometimes you’re reading a book and there’s so much going on and then—suddenly—there’s a tear-jerking moment, a dramatic revelation, that one perfect, beautifully crafted sentence. You have to take a second to close the book, look up at the world, and think, “This is, in fact, a very good book.” Maggie Stiefvater, author of the young adult book series The Raven Cycle, has mastered the technique of creating these very moments.
Almost a year ago, I read the first book in her New York Times Best-Selling series, The Raven Boys. Soon after, I devoured the second, The Dream Thieves, and the third novel, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I finished only a few weeks ago. Now, with only a couple months until the April release date of Stiefvater’s fourth and final Raven Cycle novel, The Raven King, I thought I’d give you a heads-up with enough time to make your way through the captivating, paranormal-fantasy series.
Blue Sargent is a non-seeing teenager in a family of clairvoyant women: stubborn, thoughtful, independent, and short. Following a sinister prophecy complete with death and a true-love’s kiss, Blue’s life becomes tangled with the those of four Raven Boys. Elite and wealthy, Blue’s spent most of her life staying away from their type; they can only mean trouble. Gansey, an all-American golden boy, is on a determined quest for the tomb of an ancient Welsh king. Ronan, fierce and dark, is far too good at keeping secrets. Adam works for what he has, a scholarship student bitter towards the privilege he’s surrounded by, and Noah is soft-spoken but most conscious of them all. Alongside beautiful description, heart-stopping complexities, and sentences built like prose, character development is one of Stiefvater’s strong spots.
The Raven Cycle is a series of wild imagination and curious mystery. Dark and intriguing, the magical wilderness of dream and reality that Maggie Stiefvater creates keeps drawing me back, and I’m far too impatient to get the fourth installment between my hands.