Wednesday, 27 April 2016

THE RAVEN KING (IN ZERO SPOILERS AND AN ABUNDANCE OF WISHES)


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 Boys, she's not so sure anymore.






I wish you all a series like this.

It doesn't have to be this one, but I hope it's this one.

I wish you a series that mirrors not your life, but the way you feel about your life. I wish you a series where you feel every word like it's yours - not just meant for you but plucked from a subconscious you only glimpsed in yourself, but never paused to consider until it was there, on the page. I wish you a series where every character is a part of you - not because they've grown on you, but because they grew out of you.

I wish you not a series that improves with each installment, but a series which starts out with the best version of itself, and remains consistent throughout. I wish for its final line to be its opening line, and for its opening line to be its final line.

I wish you a series you're terrified to recommend to others, because it's akin to putting your soul in their hands and asking them to judge it.

I wish you a series which you'll read through a hazy blur of tears and still feel content and complete and infinitely grateful that you've found it.

I wish you a series you dread to finish and declare over, only to remember how deep the story goes, and how much more there is left to discover between the lines. I wish you a series with subtext and layers and parallels and archetypes which will never, ever make it truly over. I wish you a treasure hunt through a series where the treasure is in every word.

I really, really wish you a series like this.

And it doesn't have to be this one. But I hope it's this one.





5 comments:

  1. I love this. I can't wait to get home next week and read my copy! It should've arrived by now. I really appreciate your post, because it doesn't spoil anything but instead you talk about the emotions. I'm really looking forward to The Raven King.

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    1. I HOPE IT ARRIVES! The thing about this long wait for The Raven King is that it was both The Most Ancitipated Book In All The Lands, and The Most Dreaded Book In All Of Ever. Or at least it felt that way for me. So I hope it has arrived and you're reading it by now, Jolien. But if it hasn't - I also hope you can find a way to relish the uncertainty for a little while longer. This is and shall remain a spoiler-free zone in the meantime.

      Thank you VERY MUCH for the kind words!

      - Lexie

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  2. OH MY GOD DO YOU EVEN REALISE HOW MUCH OF A GODDESS YOU ARE FOR THIS REVIEW. Like, usually I just skim over reviews because hello, people write crazy-long reviews and I have very little free time BUT OMG YOUR WORDS ARE LIKE MAGGIE STIEFVATER'S WHAT EVEN. Although I was thinking about Harry Potter as I read this...

    But I'm reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue right now and I'm loving it <3 <3 Bring on The Raven King!!!

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    1. MY
      WORDS
      ARE
      LIKE
      MAGGIE
      STIEFVATER'S!

      EXCUSE ME WHILE I DIE. IF I HAPPEN TO GET RESURRECTED ON A LEY LINE BECAUSE SOMEONE IS DYING THOUGH THEY SHOULD NOT BE, I'LL GET BACK AND ADDRESS THIS MAGNIFICENT, MIGHTY, RESPLENDENT KING AMONG COMMENTS! (See what I did there?)

      (Dying now.)

      - Lexie 1.0

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    2. I CAN'T EVEN GET OVER HOW WONDERFUL YOUR COMMENT IS! If my life is all uphill from here... at least my EMOTION SPLAT ONTO A BLANK PAGE MASQUERADING AS A REVIEW was ACTUALLY LIKENED TO MY AUTHORIAL-DEITY.

      As for myself, I'll settle for QUEEN rather than GODDESS. Because only then can I chant REGINA CORVUS, PARATE REGINAE CORVI! Which I must, because... Gansey. (That's all.)

      I was in SUCH A STATE writing this (this post is the sound emotions make when they're yanked in two separate directions - joy and sorrow). I imagine it sounds a lot like !)%!%#^!_$*!^%!_%#^!_#%& I'M SO GLAD YOU COULD IDENTIFY! I thought SO MUCH about Deathly Hallows while writing this, too - and that distinct notion that something momentous and life-changing is over (which hurts), but you've gotten to be a part of it and it's gotten to be a part of you (which soothes). I'm glad my favorite-series-ending-feels translate to other series and other moments akin to this one. I've gotten to have two, and I really, truly wish this on everyone.

      Which makes me a sadist. But also an altruist. A study in contrasts, this bookish world of ours. <3

      - Lexie 2.0

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