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Title:
The Raven King
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9780545649087
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Unabridged.
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11 audio discs (11 hr., 53 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Not believing in true love, Blue never thought the warning that she will cause her true love's death would be a problem, but as her life is entangled in the world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
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AUDIO - TRADE EDITIONNARRATOR: Will PattonFORMAT: 11 CDs, UnabridgedAll her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.


Author Notes

Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the bestselling Shiver Trilogy (Shiver, Linger and Forever) and The Raven Cycle Series. She is also the author of a book in the Spirit Animals Series (Hunted). Her title Sinner made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. Maggie attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a B.A. in history. She is also an artist, equestrian, musician, and technical editor. She enjoys writing full time from her home in Virginia.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the final book of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle, Richard Gansey's quest to find the lost king Glendower is only part of the sprawling, fascinatingly complex plot, weaving together past and future, secrets and prophecies, with a colorful cast of characters (each with his or her own magical power or secretive past). This magical world's mythology has the air of a dark fairy tale: Gansey previously died but was brought back; Blue is destined to kill her true love with a kiss; Noah is a ghost, struggling to stick around long after he should have faded away; Ronan is a dreamer whose dreamed creations come to life. As in the previous audiobooks of the series, Steifvater's poetic, literary style of prose is served well by reader Patton, whose gravelly, folksy voice sounds tailor-made for a storyteller: it's easy to imagine him sitting around a campfire spinning inventive tales. Moreover, he gives every character in the huge cast a voice so distinctive that one might think this was a multicast recording. Patton's extraordinary, masterly performance is a perfect match for this imaginative and compelling series finale. Ages 14-up. A Scholastic Press hardcover. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Almost finished with high school, Ronan, Adam, and Blue near the end of their quest for Glendower, and Gansey nears the end of his life. Relationships develop naturally, bad guys lurk, magical beings are bartered with, and the quartet closes. Fans will likely be disappointed by intrusive plot devices and numerous loose ends, but Stiefvater's writing is lyrical and character development is solid. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Here it is the final volume in the Raven Cycle and it is, simply, a marvel, the strongest and most spacious of the four volumes. This installment finds the world of the Raven Boys (Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah) and their best friend Blue in considerable and dangerous disarray. As strange, increasingly sinister things begin happening in Henrietta and the magic forest of Cabeswater, the search for sleeping king Owen Glendower becomes more imperative, as it becomes apparent that something wicked this way comes. To say more here would be to rob readers of the joy of discovering the book's many secrets, twists, and surprises. Instead, let's observe that if writing a book is taking readers' minds for a walk, Stiefvater never makes a false step. Everything is exactly right: the writing is gorgeous, the characters are brilliantly realized, the compelling plot arises organically from them, the mounting danger and suspense leaves the reader breathless, and the presence of evil is palpable. Best of all, Stiefvater has created a richly imagined, complete world that readers can, with a sense of wonder, inhabit, experiencing viscerally the magic with which it is suffused and falling in love with its unforgettable characters. Like this world she has created, Stiefvater's Raven Cycle is magic, plain and simple. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Few working YA authors have mastered the art of the commercial and critical smash like Stiefvater. Expect this victory lap to be well promoted and well celebrated.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2016 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This is a roller-coaster ride of a finale to an engrossing series that mixes mythology and magic, modern friendship and love, and betrayal and loss. The characters' high-stakes struggles and seemingly ill-fated futures keep readers turning pages and holding their breath until the satisfying last page. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

A group of Virginia teenagers finally finds a long-buried Welsh king in this conclusion to the four-part Raven Cycle. A demon has infected the magical forest, Cabeswater, killing Ronan's mother, Aurora, and threatening Ronan's brother, Matthew, as well as Ronan and maybe the whole worldGansey knows what he has to do. It's all been foretold, and readers have been waiting for it since Blue saw him on the corpse road in quartet opener The Raven Boys (2012). For three out of four novels, Stiefvater combined extraordinary magic and visceral reality in a way that felt entirely true. Here, the magic scatters in all directions, and too little of it makes sense. The charactersRonan, Gansey, long-dead Noah, Blue Sargent, newcomer Henry, and especially Adamare as multidimensional and fully realized as ever; Ronan and Adam's budding romance is beautifully told. The writing singseach sentence, each paragraph marvelously wrought. Yet at the point where the story needs to make the most sense, it makes the least, prophecy and magics piling up on one another in a chaotic, anticlimactic climax. The ending feels trivial, almost mocking the seriousness of the rest of the quartet. Stiefvater couldn't write a bad book, and this isn't one, but it is a disappointment after years of glorious buildup. (Fantasy. 14 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


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