Hello friends, welcome to The Raven King reread post!! If you haven’t read the book yet, please exit this blog post unless you want to be massively spoiled. My spoiler free review is here!
another warning: this post is full of gushing, and aww-ing and in general, loads of love especially for the friendship between all of them (there’s a lot of feels gifs too).
it. was. so. messed. up. when. i. realised. that. gansey. knew. he. was. destined. to. die. the. second. time.
She hugged it. Him. Noah. She didn’t care if he wasn’t quite human anymore. She would keep calling whatever this was Noah for as long as it wanted to be called Noah. And she was glad that he could read her thoughts in that moment, because she wanted him to know how thoroughly she believed that.
i love all the freaking friendships.
The kitchen window groaned open, and Jimi shouted out, “Blue! Your boys are out front, looking like they’re fixing to bury a body.”
Again? Blue thought.
woohoo throwback! and i love how casual everyone is.
“No homework. I got suspended,” Blue replied.
“Get the fuck out,” Ronan said, but with admiration. “Sargent, you asshole.”
only ronan would be proud of her for this.
“Emptying another student’s backpack over his car. I don’t really want to talk about it.”
“I do,” Ronan said.
“Well, I don’t. I’m not proud of it.”
Ronan patted her leg. “I’ll be proud of you.”
HHAHHAHAHAHAL I LOVE THEM.
“It wasn’t me,” Ronan said. He looked at Blue, who shrugged. He caught Adam’s eye. When Adam’s mouth quirked, Ronan’s expression stilled for a moment before turning to the loose smile he ordinarily reserved for Matthew’s silliness. Adam felt a surge of both accomplishment and nerves.
THIS IS FUCKING CUTE ALRIGHT? i love that their relationship developed so much after so long.
“… We chose Fox Way. We made it, Calla and Persephone and I. But it’s only your origin story, not your final destination.”
the women in 300 fox way, gathering in a bathroom, to have a heart to heart talk with blue and what she wants for her future. i love all of themmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
“Trees in your eyes,” Calla added, more gently than usual. “Starts in your heart.”
He could not see him, but Noah stood on the edge of the pool and watched. He had been a swimmer himself, once.
It was so much harder to see things clearly without Persephone.
stop making me feel emotions. i can’t take this anymore.
His feelings for Adam were an oil spill; he’d let them overflow and now there wasn’t a damn place in the ocean that wouldn’t catch fire if he dropped a match.
I LOVE THIS. SERIOUSLY. THEY’RE SO CUTE.
It was this: this moment and no other moment, and for the first time that Gansey could remember, he knew what it would feel like to be present in his own life.
ronan dreamt cabeswater. wow, ronan.
- “that’s why it’s latin grammar is terrible. it’s your grammar.” – that’s how you know, it’s really ronan’s dream.
noah must have felt horrible for almost clawing blue’s eyes out.
Finally, Ronan said, “Jesus God, Sargent. Do you have stitches on your face? Bad. Ass. Put it here, you asshole.”
yup, still a proud father.
henry’s a welcome addition to this group, but more so with just gansey and blue, not with adam and ronan.
“You working after school?”
“With a dreamer.”
He held Ronan’s gaze over his locker door. School had improved.
btw, the gif resembles me whenever the two relationships (blue and gansey, ronan and adam) have their own moments.
On the outside, the three Lynch brothers appeared remarkably dissimilar: Declan, a butter-smooth politician; Ronan, a bull in a china-shop world; Matthew, a sunlit child.
On the inside, the Lynch brothers were remarkably similar: They all loved cars, themselves, and each other.
all the time declan and ronan seem to have beef with each other, but the three of them are sibling goals.
Adam watched how intently Ronan studied the seams, his eyelashes low over his light eyes. Ronan let out a breath, put the model down on the bed beside him, and kissed Adam.
… They kissed again. Adam felt it in more than his lips.
OMG I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT FOR TOO FREAKING LONG.
declan and ronan’s conversation in the barns was amazing. ORBMASTER indeed.
ohhh dang, neeve is dead
“To think you could have been dreaming the cure for cancer,” Blue said.
“Look Sargent,” Ronan retorted. “I was gonna dream you some eye cream last night since clearly modern medicine’s doing jack shit for you, but I nearly had my ass handed to me by a death snake from the fourth circle of dream hell, so you’re welcome.”
THEIR INTERACTIONS IN THIS BOOK GUYS, I LOVE.
“Why do we breathe air? Because we love air? Because we don’t want to suffocate. Why do we eat? Because we don’t want to starve. How do I know I love her? Because I can sleep after I talk to her.”
When Adam kissed him, it was every mile per hour Ronan had ever gone over the speed limit. It was every window-down, goose-bumps-on-skin, teeth-chattering-cold night drive. It was Adam’s ribs under Ronan’s hands and Adam’s mouth on his mouth, again and again and again. It was stubble on lips and Ronan having to stop, to get his breath, to restart his heart. They were both hungry animals, but Adam had been starving for longer.
WTF. i love them together.
the oldest tree mini scene got me good.
wow, gansey sold off monmouth manufacturing for ronan’s aglionby diploma?!
WTF, RONAN’S MOTHER DIED.
“Someone must willingly die on the corpse road.”
omggg this suckssssss.
After she had been merry for a full minute, she said, “I stopped asking how. I just did it. The head is too wise. The heart is all fire.”
UGHHH, HENRY PASSED GANSEY THE CURSED AGLIONBY SWEATER.
i’m weeping for gansey, for he had been searching for this king ever since he first died, but to find out that glendower has been dead for centuries long.
ronan being unmade was unbearable. wtf.
They are not the same. The demon has no claim to you. You didn’t choose the demon. You chose Cabeswater.
I miss you Persephone )”:
Now the the moment had come, there was a certain glory to it. He didn’t want to die, but at least he was doing it for these people, his found family. At least he was doing it for people who he knew were going to really live. At least he was not dying pointlessly, stung by wasps. At least this time it would matter.
UGH. I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS.
Noah crouched over Gansey’s body. He said, for the last time, “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.”
“Good-bye,” Noah said. “Don’t throw it away.”
He quietly slid from time.
NOAH, POOR NOAH. ):
cabeswater killing itself for gansey, wtf man. this is crazy.
adam going back to the trailer park served as a closure for him i guess. i’m so proud that after so much abuse he went through in that awful place, he managed to go back and be the bigger person. it showed how much he grown up. feel like a proud mom.
ronan giving henry, gansey and blue a bright orange camaro, that is environmentally friendly (for blue), is freaking cute okay. i hate that they are going into different places but in my head i’m making plans for them to meet every once in a while.
But it looked as if they hadn’t gotten to that place yet: They had future adventures waiting for them on the ley line. It was a thrilling and terrifying prospect.
Then, holding these things in his head, he climbed up onto the roof and gazed up at the sky.
Then he closed his eyes and he began to dream.
DOES THIS MEAN HE’S GOING TO MANIFEST CABESWATER 2.0?
everyone had their conclusion, and i’m so in love with everything this book embody. the reviews i’ve read about regarding this series/book was that it wasn’t realistic that gansey didn’t die the second time. personally, i didn’t want him to die at all. and the first time i read the book, i was bawling my eyes out thinking that gansey really did die (the cabeswater chapter flew past my head cause i was just reading the words through teary eyes and my brain couldn’t comprehend anything). i thought it was a great use of cabeswater, to bring back gansey, because of how corrupted and destroyed everything was already in cabeswater. it would close off the cabeswater arc in a gratifying way. what isn’t realistic is the world without richard gansey the third okay, i’m just really bias, if you don’t already know.
can’t believe i’m already done with the reread for the entire series. it means the world to me. it’s absolute perfection. i’m so in love every aspect of the book. maggie stiefvater is a great author with a whimsical and magical writing style.