Series Wrap

Series Wrap: ‘The Raven Cycle’, Maggie Stiefvater

June 24, 2016

Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.


About The Raven Cycle

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. 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.


Quick Picks

Favourite Character/s: GANSEY <3,  Noah
Favourite Pairing/s: Blue/Gansey
Favourite Cover: The Raven King
Favourite Book: The Raven Boys

Summing Up

Why I liked this series

The Raven Cycle was unpredictable, and I loved it for it. With a heavy emphasis on Welsh mythology, it was safe to say that I had no idea where Maggie Stiefvater was going with the story or the characters at any point in time.

The characters were undeniably what made this series as stunning as it was. They were each so unique and ‘real’, and played out against one another so well. I felt like I knew Blue and her boys personally, and I’ll always have this sentimental sort of feeling when thinking about them or discussing the series. As for the dialogue, it was spot on and spectacular, and I could read Maggie Stievfater’s characters talking ALL DAY.

As for secondary characters, they were also wonderful. There were also plenty of twists and turns in this series, too, which I enjoyed. There was a sense of urgency as we explored Henrietta and I wanted to know absolutely everything about Glendower and Cabeswater as soon as we were introduced to them.

Why I disliked this series

My main problem with this series was the slow advancement of plot.

After the final book, I felt like well what was the point of all that? There was no resolution to the main storyline (Glendower) and rather we had to live with the knowledge that the series was never ABOUT what was at the end of the journey, rather the journey itself… and the characters ‘living’ and forming relationships with one another. As a reader who likes a nice, closed ending, I felt a bit cheated.

I also wanted more Gansey/Blue time, but that’s a small niggle.

In The Raven King, we were also given a handful of new characters and elements that I felt were introduced too late. They took up precious ‘finale’ time and I thought they seemed out of place in the closing of a series. I ended up rating The Raven King a ‘five’, but it was rather for sentimentality reasons than one purely based on how much I enjoyed the singular book.

In Conclusion

Would I read this series again? I think I would! I love these characters so much.
Would I recommend this series? In a heartbeat! But I do prefer Maggie’s Shiver series.
This series in one word: Familiar.

Individual Reviews

The Raven BoysThe Dream ThievesBlue Lily, Lily BlueThe Raven King

Did you read The Raven Cycle?
Have you read any books by Maggie Stiefvater?


  • Reply Natalie July 4, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    started reading this series, read the first two, and started on the third, but just couldn’t get through it. I liked parts of it, but then other areas I found myself drifting off and just wanting to skip parts. I’d read so many good things about the series too, but I guess it just couldn’t keep me captivated. I think i’ll give it time and see if I can finish the series at a later date.

  • Reply Rebecca June 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I haven’t read this series yet but I love Maggie! I read her Scorpio Races and the Wolves of Mercy Falls series which I loved! Someday – I will get to this series!
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