The Raven King left me raving

*SPOILERS*

It can’t be over. It just can’t be, and not because I want a fifth book, not because I can’t let go of these beloved characters, but because this once engaging, enthralling unique series cannot end with this horrible tome! This awful, confounding, nonsensical mess.

“Depending on where you began the story” is my new, most-hated phrase. I began this story thinking book four was going to be awesome, thinking Stiefvater’s writing would continue to be amazing, thinking there will be a king found in this book. I ended this story realizing how very wrong I was. The writing was not amazing. It was disjointed and interrupted and all over the place. It felt like trying to read a journal written by someone on an acid trip. There were so many phrases and descriptions that did not make any sense or add anything to the story. Ditto for many of the characters too. Why bring Henry into it? What purpose does this late-coming fifth wheel serve? I guess to act as the fifth wheel once Noah is gone for good. And his mother? And Gwenllian. And Artemus. They all just felt like filler, bloated, unnecessary filler to prolong the story.

The main characters seemed like inadequate clones of themselves with neither the unity that made them a great team nor the wit and humor that had kept me turning pages in the first three books. The search for the Welsh King, which built and grew and expanded through The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue, which was the entire reason that Gansey and Ronan and Adam and Blue became friends, was such a colossal let down, a huge anti-climax that sucked all the adventure, mystery, and intrigue out of the series. Not even Ronan and Adam’s most-anticipated kiss (yes, even more so than Gansey and Blue’s lip lock) could not redeem The Raven King.

I don’t think I have ever struggled so much to finish a book, especially one in a series I adored. I feel as if I need to reread the first three just to justify ever having loved them in the first place. So disappointing.

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