3.5 stars. I honestly don't know how to feel about this - I'm left unsatisfied but still happy with the ending, and I come away from it feeling not sa3.5 stars. I honestly don't know how to feel about this - I'm left unsatisfied but still happy with the ending, and I come away from it feeling not sad but wistful about saying goodbye to these characters that I've come to love.
These books have never made the most sense, but I was at least hoping to understand most of it come this last book and while some questions were answered, they weren't necessarily answers I felt did Stiefvater's characters and writing any justice. Because no matter what I have to say about the plot of The Raven King, the faults will never be with the prose or characters, which have always been Stiefvater's strongest points and the things that keep me coming back for more of her writing. Her writing is effortless and magical, as if I really am stepping into a dreamscape whenever I delve into her pages, and her characters are real and broken and so genuine. This book was also slightly different from the others in its atmosphere - it was creepy and foreboding, positive milestones for Blue and her Raven Boys mixed with the unsettling feeling of something always watching, waiting.
However, the ending just lacked something. Noah? It felt like he completely disappeared from the narrative and I sometimes forgot that he was one of the four original Raven Boys back in the beginning. (view spoiler)[I also don't understand what happened at the end? Why was Noah the one telling Gansey that he was alive thanks to Glendower? Was he trying to ensure that Gansey would look for Glendower in the future, thus leading to him meeting Blue, Adam, Ronan and Noah? In which case awww but also why did no-one mention Noah in the epilogue? Surely he deserved at least a memory. Or did he disappear from everyone's memories once he disappeared from the circle of time? I DON'T UNDERSTAND HELP. (hide spoiler)]
Also, Gansey? Glendower? (view spoiler)[So Glendower is actually dead, and we spent four books trying to find a dead king... Okay, so I'm actually not too fussed about him being dead, but still, really? And I already knew Gansey wasn't going to actually die in the end, but I was at least hoping for a reasonable explanation as to why he's still alive to tell the epilogue. And the explanation we got was just so unconvincing, especially when I expected something so much more from Stiefvater's imagination. So Cabeswater revived him, even after saying they couldn't make him the same as before, but he did end up being the exact same Gansey as before. I kind of wished they at least made him something other ie. maybe he could have become a dream-thing but instead of Ronan dreaming him, he was Cabeswater's dream, or maybe he only existed in everyone's dreams. It would have been sad, but I would have accepted it as a bittersweet ending that made more sense than the one that we got. (hide spoiler)]
There are so many other questions I have as well, such as wanting to find out how the demon was trapped in the cave in the first place - what was its origin story? But I guess Stiefvater always does like leaving things open to interpretation. Henry Cheng though, was cute, even though I don't really understand what the purpose of his character actually was. Also Pynch, I ship. ...more