Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Review of The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

✨♥️ The feels. All the feels.

“What a strange constellation they all were.”

I’ve read some great stories this year, but this one is by far one of my favorites. I mentioned it earlier, but this story became so much more than I had initially expected it to be. The span of it encompassed a wide range of topics, both fantastical and real, with powerful lessons to be gained from it. What this story lacks in simplicity, it makes up for in beauty. After all, who wants simple, anyway?

While the plot of this story is really neat and interesting, it is primarily character driven. However, these characters are woven so deep into the overall story it can be difficult to separate the two. Blue and her Raven Boys are each unique in their own distinct and subtle ways but it is impossible to imagine one without the other, for while they are separate they are also whole. They are a hodge-podge group of friends that fit like a glove and it is their dissimilarities that set them apart and also bring them together, each a spoke on the wheel in their quest. This is not a love story between a girl and a boy. It is a love story between a girl, her boys, their forest and the Raven King.

“It was just that there was something newly powerful about this assembled family in the car. They were all growing up and into each other like trees striving together for the sun.”

The thing that struck me most about this story was not the story itself but in the way it was told. Stiefvater’s writing is magical, the flow of it flawless. The story never felt structured, like it was something that was added to here and there through edits upon edits upon edits. No, it was told just as one may recount a memory to a loved one. It happened and this is how it happened. Everything about her writing is natural, from the witty, dry humor to each character’s dialogue and choices to the descriptions of the world around them. There are great stories out there that still feel as though you can see the author’s first outline in the writing. Stiefvater, instead, found a way to blend those edges of her writing into something subtle and enchanting.

Overall, this whole story, the characters and their world have nestled their way solidly into my heart and I’ll hold them close and dear to me. I’m looking forward to more stories from them and witnessing what their future holds. After all, there are still stories to be told, as Ronan so eloquently wildly observed.

”But it looked as if they hadn’t gotten to that place yet: They had future adventures waiting for them on the ley line.
It was a thrilling a terrifying prospect.”

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