4.5 of 5 Paws
I’ve been putting off writing this review. And to be honest, in the past, my record for actually reviewing every book in any sort of series has been meager. I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it’s because few author’s have the ability to make each installment stand on its own. Perhaps it is my tendency to binge read a series in order. Maybe I need emotional and temporal distance from each novel.
That being said, I do think Stiefvater is one of those authors that can and has mostly written books that stand by themselves. Especially for The Raven Cycle. (What the flip do you call a book series with four books? Trilogy is easy. Three. What is four? Quadilogy? Maybe I’ll Google it.) I’m just going to admit right here and now that I am a huge Maggie fan. Might as well face facts. I hate to give her less than five stars, but towards the third quarter of the book as we move toward the end, I felt absolutely jarred by the transitions that we follow Adam through. In my opinion, they were too fast and too rough. If I came out of the story enough just to think about the concept of chapter transitions, then it is going to be a sticking point.
All-in-all, it’s another great read. I immediately rented the fourth book from the library.