Hello avid readers !
We’re happy to share Petrik’s review of the last installment of The Raven Cycle with you.
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Rating: 2.5/5 stars
This will be the last YA book I read for the year 2017.
The Raven King, the final book in The Raven Cycle series sadly doesn’t live up to the quality that the series had established. It is in my opinion that this is the weakest of the series, there are some great moments for sure but at the same time, there’s too many problems I had with it.
Picture: The Raven King by John Fenerov
“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.”
Let me start off by saying that I love the complexity in the plot that the series offered. The overall main plot of the Raven King continues to captivate me endlessly and I was never bored with how the book starts and concluded. The last 100 pages of this book for instance were so hard to put down for me and I enjoyed the ending of the series. The strong bizarre atmosphere and the amount of danger looming for the characters in particular is one of my favorite part of the book.
The main characters development also remains top notch and except for Noah, I love how each main character’s story concludes, especially Adam’s which I believe to be the best part of the book and maybe the series. He came so far from where he began and he undergoes the most well written developments compared to the other characters.
And, Maggie’s prose again improved to be more engrossing and addictive to read. It’s the only reason why I never had any trouble reading this series or book despite how many problems I had with it.
Let’s start the part that didn’t work for me.
First, my number one main problem with the book, the entire middle sections of this book are mindlessly useless and out of the blue (no pun intended) to read. Here’s the thing, I will never agree with an author’s decision when they suddenly include a totally new character in the last entry of the series and him/her the new main character. Sadly, this particular problem can’t simply be overlooked in this book.
Once, I had a drinking contest with my friends 10 years ago, we all drank way too much and somehow, we all literally slept on the asphalt of a parking lot cause we thought it was too comfortable to let go. This is a true story and it became a good memory indeed. Oh sorry, the purpose of my story for this review? Absolutely nothing, just like Henry Cheng’s purpose in the series.
Why in the world would Maggie thought it would be a good idea to have a completely new character appeared in the last book and have him included as the main character is something I will never understand. Henry became Gansey’s instant best friend faster than my instant noodle being cooked. It’s not that Henry himself is badly written or he’s a bad character, again, he’s not. It’s just that if you remove him from the story, it wouldn’t affect the story whatsoever and the fact that he had more spotlight than Noah, one of the main characters since the first book doesn’t really help the pacing of the book.
The worst part is, I’m pretty sure that Henry’s story himself took almost 200 pages in total. Seriously, I really think that Maggie included him for the sake of diversity only. Hey, let me tell you this, I’m Asian and I want him removed from the story. Gone baby gone please you damn RoboBee (yes this is again, a new thing included in the last book).
Second, despite the main characters having a proper closure for their story, the amount of unresolved or unsatisfying conclusion to all the side character is insane. Almost all of them don’t have any proper closure; this includes the 300 Fox Way ladies that have been there since the beginning of the story. I won’t mention any of their names to avoid spoilers, all of them, that’s all I can say.
Finally, this may be me being nitpicky but there are three new characters here that were again, pointless and they way they were called annoyed the hell out of me. All three of them are literally called the same name, Lamouier (or something I forgot their name already), I’m not kidding, the same name for all three of them. It really doesn’t help in understanding the narrative on which character is which. Is it so hard to put Lamouier 1, 2 and 3 in the narrative????
In the end, I don’t hate the series overall. The Raven Cycle is one of the most complex YA series I ever read (heck the plot shouldn’t even be categorized as one imo) and it have the characterizations that rivaled some adult fantasy books I read. However, rather than saying I hate this series or book, it’s more like I’m heavily disappointed by the last book because of the potential it had. Despite everything, I enjoyed my time reading this series and I didn’t regret it. The Raven Cycle however will be the last YA series I read for this year, there are countless other priority books that deserve my attention and the disappointment I had with this book doesn’t help in making me want to go back to this genre any time soon, not even as a break.
Overall series review:
The Raven Boys: 3/5 Stars
The Dream Thieves: 3.5/5 Stars
Blue Lily, Lily Blue: 4/5 Stars
The Raven King: 2.5/5 Stars
The Raven Cycle series: 13/20 Stars
Review by Petrik.