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The King of Crows

(The Diviners #4)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,581 ratings  ·  1,898 reviews
The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times bestseller, The Diviners, from Printz winner and beloved author, Libba Bray.

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isa
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
no words, head emptyyyyyyy
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Wow, I cannot believe my favorite series of all time is OVER. I sobbed pretty much non-stop for the last 100 pages and I feel EMPTY as heck now that it is done. There were a few things about this conclusion that I wish had gone differently, but overall this was such a satisfying and emotional end to the series and I loved it SO MUCH. I am going to re-read it IMMEDIATELY now that I know how everything ends up and I won't need to be anxiously flipping the pages for 10 hours straight, haha. Wow fuc ...more
✨    jamieson   ✨
Maybe for of a 3.5 but uhh, I can't believe how ... just okay this was.

I Loved Before the Devil Breaks You so much (and this whole series) but this was .. so boring? At one point it was almost a chore to pick it up. Nothing happens for most of it, the characters just wander around. All the momentum from the end of the last book is lost. Some of the character arcs didn't make sense to me and the climax was unsatisfying and way too easy/quick. I don't even want to talk about it, it hurts me to no
Eliza ☽
Apr 16, 2019 marked it as on-hold
If Sam dies we riot at dawn
“But if you abandoned the idea that such a paradise awaited you, and believed that you would live this life over and over again, would you not live the life you had more thoughtfully?”

“Make a better history."

4.5 stars rounded up. The King of Crows, while not the perfect finale, is a solid book and ending to a series that has found its place in the deepest parts of my heart and soul. I'm not going to lie, I was initially disappointed with this finale after finishing reading it. But after thin
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia-read, tears, 2020
“Stories were power. And whoever controlled the story controlled everything. A story could bring people together, or it could tear them apart. It could spread like a sickness, infecting people. It could lead them into battle or shake them into seeing what they had refused to see before.”

first of all:
- fucking ouch
- :')
- let it be known that i would do anything for theta knight

This was definitely the most anticipated release of 2020 for me. The Diviners series is so near and dear to my heart. I t
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
I thought this series was over????
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: came-soon-18-20
“But if you abandoned the idea that such a paradise awaited you, and believe that you would live this life over and over again, would you not live the life you had more thoughtfully? Would you not think carefully about your choices? Would you not live with abandon —love and love and love some more?”

The real Diviner powers were the friends we made along the way.

Old joke:
i made this in two minutes in picsart and forgot to add a 'the' to the beginning but i'm proud of it so you can freak off, okay
I'm very clever, I know
The final instalment to one of my favourite YA series ever, a series which didn't simply sit in the YA genre, but crossed into historical fiction, paranormal, and fantasy too.

This is the final book of the series, so please don't read if you haven't read:
Book 1) The Diviners⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 2) Lair of Dreams⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 3) Before The Devil Breaks You⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I've been weighing up the pros and cons of The King of Crows for a few days now, and I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about it! Initially I did feel disa

“Who got to decide what made somebody an American? America, the ideal of it at least, was its own form of elusive magic.”

I hate to say it, or write it, but The King of Crows wasn't a very satisfying conclusion to The Diviners series.
While it isn't as drawn-out as the finale to the Gemma Doyle series (which was around 800 pages) it struck me as being similarly anticlimactic.
In The King of Crows the pacing of the story is all over the place and the characters have very rushed and unsatisfyin
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
please let there be a second series
that epilogue has me shook
that clip of spongebob crying into a cup and then drinking his tears and crying again was me during the last half of this book
Apr 12, 2020 added it
I 100% expected to give this 5 stars. Now I’m leaning towards 2.5 (but rounding up to 3 because I cannot fathom looking at a 2-star rating beside one of these books). I’m so SAD.

I LOVED books 2 and 3, but this one is definitely my least favorite in the series. Looking back, I’m still not really sure what happened to fill all those pages? It was all just a seemingly arbitrary and meandering journey without much payoff. Still love the characters. Love how well-researched this series is. I'm happy
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
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This series is just so well executed in my opinion.

You gotta love the books that make you fall back in love with reading so deeply. I want to create a time machine and experience this series for the first time all over again.

The #1 historical fantasy ghost story in Best Atmosphere, Best Character Dynamics (specialized in Found Family), and Best Themes

"The way narrative, especially the stories of those who have lived these injustices first hand,
sofia (sam willows)
sometimes when a little while has passed since i read this series i kind of forget why i love it so much, but the second i pick them up again to read just a single sentence i remember how much i adore the diviners. king of crows was a beautiful conclusion to that series i love so much
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
I cannot believe this series is finally over. I've been reading this since high school and finally closed the door on this saga as a 22-year-old. The Diviners has been such a journey exploring a vast array of identities as an oppressive supernatural being threatens to upend society as a whole. While I didn't love this novel as much as the previous 3 installments, this one still pulled at my heartstrings, tied up loose ends, developed these characters' personalities flawlessly and continued its m ...more
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Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
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i’ve been thinking about the rating for this book for way too long. im beyond conflicted.

Trina (Between Chapters)
Read this series! Better yet, listen to the audiobooks!
Lauren Lanz
“But if you abandoned the idea that such a paradise awaited you, and believed that you would live this life over and over again, would you not live the life you had more thoughtfully?”

I’m continually impressed by Libba Bray; this finale was everything I needed and more.

The King of Crows follows the Diviners on a perilous journey away from the series’ typical 1920’s New York setting. Their journey to defeat the King of the dead and his army.
When Isaiah comes across a girl named Sarah Beth in
monica kim
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
the diviners series is, i think, one of the most ambitious fantasy series i’ve read. i’ve been reading these books for so many years now, and honestly, i can’t believe it’s finally come to a close. for me, i really enjoyed this conclusion. i love how libba used it to play with the standard narrative of good vs evil, i love how she mixed the character pairings to give us a whole new range of growth, and i love everything she had to say about this country and the ghosts we still refuse to acknowle ...more
Eva B.
Not to be overdramatic or anything but this series changed my life. It makes me want to be a better writer and a better person, and it's literally my favorite series of all time.
The King of Crows stuck the landing.
Wren (fablesandwren)
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
sOoOoOoOoOoO... do we know anything about when book four will come out or what it is called or what it will look like or what pieces of my heart will be left after I read it?
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Not my favourite of the series but OH JEEZ this series is something else.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Ahhh I can’t believe this is over...!
Libba Bray wrecked me.
I really recommend to read this series, this is one of my favourites!
Shaun Hutchinson
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lovely ending to one of my favorite series of the past few years. I loved getting to spend time with these divine Diviners.
bella farren
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as to-read

I don't even know what to do with myself right now. that cliffhanger. I still haven't recovered.

but that cover is giving me life
Lucy Tonks
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I am disappointed. This was such an unsatisfying conclusion. I loved the first three books, but this was just not it. There was so much build up, in the first three book and the first half of this book, they were so good and than comes the ending, which was so meh. I had such high hopes and such high expectations and they just where not met.

I really like the first half of the book. The book started immediately unlike the first books, which took their sweet time until we got into the plot. The f
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

I hate to say this was my least favorite in the series. Although I love the characters and I liked the ending overall, there was just something off about the pacing for this book. It just didn't hit the same as the other books. I think series enders are just hard to do.

I'd still *highly* recommend reading this series because the themes and characters are just too good! This series brought me to tears and laughter more than once.

I read this as part of the #DivinersClub reada
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What is it about writing an author bio that gives me that deer-in-headlights feeling? It's not exactly like I'm going to say "I was born in Alabama…" and somebody's going to jump up and snarl, "Oh yeah? Prove it!" At least I hope not.

I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor.

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