~Depending on where you started this blog, it was always about The Raven Cycle~
I finished the Raven King this week. I'm not really sure how I felt about it, other than it wrapped things up pretty well.
There were a few things I was conflicted about, and they probably aren't the ones you're thinking about if you've already finished it. Some things seemed added in as an afterthought and it felt a little pieced together compared to the other books. No worries, her voice is still lyrical, the story amazing, and the themes beautiful. It only took me a day and a half to read.
After everything went down, we find out Piper is still kicking it and has brought back a demon in the form of a giant pitch black wasp (nice, right?). The boys are still trying to figure out how best to handle everything not falling in on their heads since there is no one keeping all the treasure hunters out of Henrietta (since the Greenmantles are no longer holding it). To top it all off, they still have Gwenllian and Artemus wreaking their own kind of havoc at 300 Fox way (I still miss you Persephone).
-Okay-the first thing that bothered me- Piper is finally explained. I guess it makes sense to do it this way, but I felt some foreshadowing on her lineage would have made her whole plot line a little more satisfying. She got what she deserved though, and I really enjoyed the careless callousness that finally did her in at the end.
-I really liked that Ronan and Adam ended up together. But again, no foreshadowing. I can appreciate all the glimpses and dreams from Ronan's side (which pretty much told us he was in love with Adam since the second book) but Adam's feelings are always mercurial. I liked where it went though, and I think it fit.
- Trees are a huge part of this story but I never thought Blue would be half tree. It's a little left field after everything we've discovered about the Welsh group, and being trees wasn't really where I saw it going. Why would they leave to come across the pond? Why was her father dead in the cave? Some of it needed more clarification than we got considering this was the mystery Gansey had been chasing the whole time.
- Gansey's death has been a huge thing through the whole series. From his coming back, to hiding that Blue might have something to do with it, it was supposed to be a big production. When it finally happened it felt like a small whimper, and then a cop-out.
-The one thing that brought it full circle for me was when we realize Noah is the one that tells Gansey that phrase when he's dying: "You will live because of Glendower. Someone else on the ley line is dying when they should not, and so you will live when you should not". He's been living their current timeline over and over again. I think it's one of them main reasons he won't move on. A lot of things came full circle with that knowledge.
-Henry Cheng and Seondeok were huge highlights for me. Their personalities were a nice addition to voices we've heard for four books. I just wish she had gone into Seondeok's journey more, it was super interesting.
-I really liked Laumonier. It was a nice little touch for one of them to be Piper's dad. I just wish we could have seen more of them.
-Thanks for finally bringing Orphan Girl into the real world. I've been waiting for that to happen.
-Ronan having created Gabeswater wasn't a huge shocker for me. Everything was sort of pointing that way anyways. For me, Ronan is really the King of Cabeswater. He's pretty much created their whole narrative by dreaming.
-We should have had Robobee from the beginning. Just sayin.
Overall, it pretty much ended the way I thought it would. There were just some holes here and there that could have been tied in a little more, at least for me. It was a good ride and I'm sad to see it go.