The King of Crows

The King of Crows

The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times bestseller, The Diviners, from Printz winner and beloved author, Libba Bray.After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men,...

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  • Lance

    4.5 stars rounded up.

    while not the perfect finale, is a solid book and ending to a series that has found its place in the deepest parts of my heart and soul. I'm not going to lie, I was initially disappointed with this finale after finishing reading it. But after thinking

    4.5 stars rounded up.

    while not the perfect finale, is a solid book and ending to a series that has found its place in the deepest parts of my heart and soul. I'm not going to lie, I was initially disappointed with this finale after finishing reading it. But after thinking on the book and series as a whole, I am going to go ahead and rate this book 4.5 stars.

    From prose, to atmosphere, to plotting and pacing, to characters, and romance, Libba Bray succeeded in crafting a multi-faceted story that I was destined to fall in love with in all aspects.

    Prose. Bravo, Libba Bray. If I left it at that, that'd be sufficient I think to describe Bray's writing style and the impact it leaves on its readers.

    Bray chooses to frame the story in omniscient third person tense, jumping from character to character's thoughts in the same scene; what this achieves is a flowing, tense narrative that allows her to keep the pace of the novel going while not neglecting her characters and the importance their thoughts and motives have on the narrative.

    Somehow, her writing allows the reader to both see the minor and the major, and keep characters and setting both at the foreground. Her writing is superb in the way that it somehow describes character thought, muses on history and stories and more, and builds the atmosphere these novels are so well-known for brick-by-brick.

    with the same finesse.

    Atmosphere.

    Unlike the previous novel, the characters are not in the New York City for the whole novel. This time, the atmosphere takes the form of the old, intimate, and a bit claustrophobic air of small, rural, and forgotten towns of the 1920's.

    The atmosphere casts that old, black-and-white 1920's movie magic on the series. The Roaring 20's comes alive with Libba Bray's writing and readers ache with nostalgia for this time; a time when most, if not all, of her readers weren't even alive. The atmosphere and aesthetic this book series brings to the table is honestly unmatched.

    Plot and pacing. If I had to describe the plot of this book in one world, it would be

    Whether it'd be a place where they had once lived, a person they once knew, or a combination of one or the other. Libba Bray splits off our cast into different groups, placing characters together who you never thought would be together in situations that force them to travel together.

    I

    this aspect of the novel. Each individual character is forced to confront something that lied in their past. Some highlights include

    As for the pacing, it fit well with the events of the novel and although I was lowkey a bit miffed when

    Characters.

    Do I have favorites? Sure (Evie, Henry, Ling, and Sam). But ultimately, The Diviners as a found family are second-only to The Crows from

    in terms of love. I just

    each and every one of them individually and together. Libba Bray is a fucking

    at character work; I think the best marker of this is the fact that by the start and end of this novel,

    They've all developed so much and I knew going in to this novel, I wasn't going to get out unscathed because I was attached to all of them in some way. I would go into each of them individually, but then I'd reach a character limit on this review.

    Which brings me to why this is a 4.5 stars rather than a full 5 star rating:

    Conclusively, thank you for whoever read this

    of a review. I cannot express enough gratitude to Libba Bray for writing this series. A queen. While this is my least favorite of my quartet, I still love every page of it. If you haven't picked up

    go pick it up now. I promise you. It uses speculative elements to examine issues like racism, xenophobia, and homophobia. It contains all the glitter of the 1920's while not neglecting its dark underbelly.

  • Ivy

    The real Diviner powers were the friends we made along the way.

    Old joke:

    I'm very clever, I know

    The real Diviner powers were the friends we made along the way.

    Old joke:

    I'm very clever, I know

  • ;3

    that clip of spongebob crying into a cup and then drinking his tears and crying again was me during the last half of this book

  • Anna Luce

    ★★★✰✰ 3 stars

    While it isn't as

    as the finale to the

    series (which was around 800 pages) it struck me as being similarly

    .

    In

    the

    is all over the place and the characters have very

    ★★★✰✰ 3 stars

    While it isn't as

    as the finale to the

    series (which was around 800 pages) it struck me as being similarly

    .

    In

    the

    is all over the place and the characters have very

    arcs.

    Nearly three years have gone by since the release of

    . Given that this series started back in 2012, it isn't all that surprising that I'd forgotten a quite a few major plot-points. Still, I remembered the diviners, their personalities and powers, as well as their group dynamics. Libba Bray doesn't spend too much time recapitulating old events, and once I caught up or remembered what was going on I found the first few chapters of this novel to be promising enough.

    Once the diviners are scattered across America however

    The diviners encounter good folk, who are willing to help them or understand what it means to be different (such as the members of a circus), as well as horrible individuals and groups of people (the most noticeable being the KKK). They all come to terms with their simultaneously beautiful and terrible country/world. All the while we get random chapters showing us that ghosts are coming (phrases such as 'ghosts are coming' and 'this country is full of ghosts' are repeated so many times as to loose the initial sense of danger and urgency that they carried). The confusing showdown between our good guys (aka the diviners) and the baddies is crammed in the last hundred pages.

    The narrative in

    lacked the mystery-factor that made the other volumes in this series intriguing.

    In short:

    .

    Characters behave as flimsy versions of their former selves (Evie and Ling, both of whom I previously really liked, were simply irritating) and had very rushed storylines that seemed to add very little to their overall arc.

    Take Henry. Most of his scenes revolve around the way in which his sexuality is deemed abnormal by his society. That's pretty much it. Ling's sections also often emphasise her sexuality. Whereas those scenes that focus on characters such as Memphis and Theta seem to focus on other aspects of their lives (their general desires and fears, etc). Jericho has the most eye-roll worthy storyline which sees him

    .

    Even the banter between the various diviners felt

    . At times their conversations and discussions seem to rely on their catchphrases (Evie says something 'scandalous', Sam says something flirty, Jericho doesn't get whatever is going on, Ling is disapproving...).

    None of the romances were interesting. They mostly revolved around cute nicknames (such as baby vamp) and on scenes featuring some very uninspired flirting.

    I remember that the first instalments of this series presented us with creepy or fascinating antagonists...but this guy is just dull. He has a few cameos here and there, scares our protagonists, does some mayhem, and is very much

    .

    The setting too seemed to lack its usual spark and vibrancy. Previously I loved the way in which Bray brought 1920s New York to life. In this volume however most of

    ...which do not make very intriguing backdrops.

    The plot was

    . What frustrated me the most was a 'revelation' towards the end, which came as no surprise whatsoever

    Bray draws an unsubtle parallel between the rampant racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, othering, and other forms of bigotry of the 1920s and today's political climate (there are phrases such as 'get out of our country'). Her approaches to some of these topics came across as rather on the nose. For example when Theta learns that someone she likes was raised by slave-owners she has such an unbelievably naive 'how could she?' reaction.

    The epilogue struck me as

    ....

    All in all...this was

    .

    While Bray is an undoubtedly good writer

    simply lacks the glamour and electricity that made the other instalments so much more engaging and atmospheric. It had a meandering narrative, with lots of repetition regarding the importance of storytelling and stories, a passage from Nietzsche which felt rather out of place, some lacklustre cosmic horror, and a cast of one-dimensional characters.

     / / / 

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    Maybe for of a 3.5 but uhh, I can't believe how ... just okay this was.

    I Loved Before the Devil Breaks You so much (and this whole series) but this was .. so boring? At one point it was almost a chore to pick it up. Nothing happens for most of it, the characters just wander around. All the momentum from the end of the last book is lost. Some of the character arcs didn't make sense to me and the climax was unsatisfying and way too easy/quick. I don't even want to talk about it, it hurts me to

    Maybe for of a 3.5 but uhh, I can't believe how ... just okay this was.

    I Loved Before the Devil Breaks You so much (and this whole series) but this was .. so boring? At one point it was almost a chore to pick it up. Nothing happens for most of it, the characters just wander around. All the momentum from the end of the last book is lost. Some of the character arcs didn't make sense to me and the climax was unsatisfying and way too easy/quick. I don't even want to talk about it, it hurts me to not give this a five star after waiting literally ten years for this series conclusion.

  • vivika

    first of all:

    - fucking ouch

    - :')

    - let it be known that i would do anything for theta knight

    This was definitely the most anticipated release of 2020 for me. The Diviners series is so near and dear to my heart. I

    first of all:

    - fucking ouch

    - :')

    - let it be known that i would do anything for theta knight

    This was definitely the most anticipated release of 2020 for me. The Diviners series is so near and dear to my heart. I truly feel a connection with these characters and with the story. I feel like i'm actually there in the story with them, feeling their pain and anger and hopefulness, as if they're a part of myself. I feel as if i've found my own family in

    found family. Libba Bray is a master at creating atmosphere and developing interesting character arcs. I will always treasure this series forever.

    Now, i have to say that this was probably my least favorite of the series. I didn't like how 'easy' the ending was and i think the pacing was a little slow. But that might've just been the fact that i wanted to know what happened so bad that i ignored reading this on purpose, so it took me almost 2 weeks to finish this. Makes sense? Nope.

    The writing as always was filled with beautiful and inspiring prose that left my heart aching for more. The themes and discussions were handled very well in my opinion.

    I love where all the characters ended up emotionally and physically, but i also think there should've been more of a focus on the actual plot since this is the last book. I feel like the plot twists were obvious and the ending was packed up too neatly, which was really underwhelming. Don't get me wrong i was balling my eyes out for the last 150 pages but i still thought that the plot was lacking.

    Overall, a solid end to a dazzling series that i will definitely return to many rereads in the future. If you haven't picked this series up already, you should. Like right now.

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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Wow, I cannot believe my favorite series of all time is OVER. I sobbed pretty much non-stop for the last 100 pages and I feel EMPTY as heck now that it is done. There were a few things about this conclusion that I wish had gone differently, but overall this was such a satisfying and emotional end to the series and I loved it SO MUCH. I am going to re-read it IMMEDIATELY now that I know how everything ends up and I won't need to be anxiously flipping the pages for 10 hours straight, haha. Wow

    Wow, I cannot believe my favorite series of all time is OVER. I sobbed pretty much non-stop for the last 100 pages and I feel EMPTY as heck now that it is done. There were a few things about this conclusion that I wish had gone differently, but overall this was such a satisfying and emotional end to the series and I loved it SO MUCH. I am going to re-read it IMMEDIATELY now that I know how everything ends up and I won't need to be anxiously flipping the pages for 10 hours straight, haha. Wow fuck okay anyway I loved this a lot and I'M GONNA GO CRY OVER IT FOREVER NOW 😭😭😭😭😭

    Okay, now that I've had some time to think about this more, I have decided to lower my rating from a 5 to a high 3. I still loved this book and will re-read it and the rest of the series for the rest of my life, but I can't pretend that this conclusion was everything I wanted. The pacing of this one felt really off and it never really felt like the stakes were as high as I wanted them to be for the final book in a series. It definitely was not a bad book, but it just.. wasn't quite what I was hoping for :c

  • preoccupiedbybooks

    This is the final book of the series, so please don't read if you haven't read:

    Book 1)

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    Book 2)

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    Book 3)

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I've been weighing up the pros and cons of

    for a few days now, and I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about it! Initially I did feel

    This is the final book of the series, so please don't read if you haven't read:

    Book 1)

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Book 2)

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Book 3)

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I've been weighing up the pros and cons of

    for a few days now, and I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about it! Initially I did feel disappointed with how

    ended this wonderful series, but its hard to stay mad when these characters and their escapades brought me so much joy! I loved the series, but this was definitely my least favourite of all the books.

    First the positives,

    ⚡️ Libba Bray is a fantastic writer, whose writing pulls you into the story. She quite clearly did a lot of research, and it shone through, transporting me back to both the magic, and the dark side of the 1920's.

    ⚡️ January LaVoy was again magnificent as the narrator, portaying multiple characters, and sounding like a full cast was used, but really it's a one woman machine killing it!

    ⚡️ The setting! Whilst the other three books were set in atmospheric NYC,

    roamed all over the USA, as the characters fled the city on their separate adventures. I liked these journeys through small, claustrophobic, ignorant small town America.

    ⚡️ The characters! As you know, if you've read my reviews of the previous books in the series, I love those guys! They started out as a bunch of misfits, but ended up being each other's family. I loved the journey that each character (well maybe not all of them) made, as they grew up, faced their past, and I felt they were all so well developed over the series. I was so attached to them, and felt constantly on edge worrying about them, as this evil author did not shy away from killing off her characters!

    ⚡️ I also really appreciated that some characters got to interact with those which they wouldn't usually! Jericho and Ling's journey was really interesting. But the mix which I liked the best was Bill, Memphis and Henry! It really showcased some of the appalling racism of that era.

    ⚡️ I loved the strong messages of hope and love when faced with racism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, Anti-Semitism, and oppression through class, and the eugenics programme. Many people behaved and treated people who were different appallingly, and Bray didn't shy away from that in these books. As I read this series, it became ever apparent to me, that today isn't actually all that different from a century ago. Worldwide, we have seen a resurgence of hate for those who don't fit into the white, heterosexual box, as it were. It made me feel really quite depressed really, at how little some people have moved on from that era. But these characters supported each other, and it was so precious! I love to see all kinds of people represented, especially in fantasy books!

    ⚡️ Sam 💖 No justification needed lol

    Now to the parts which I felt let me down.

    👎 The lack of a chilling mystery element, was really felt in this book. In the other books, there was always something to be investigated, and solved, and this book didn't really have that element, which was a shame.

    👎 At times, especially towards the end of the book, the narration felt a little bit over preachy to me.

    👎 The lack of NYC! That was part of the magic for me, the glamourous, yet gritty city was so atmospheric!

    👎

    So with a heavy heart, I think I will have to give this final book in the Diviners series a three star rating. I cant go any lower, because really I loved the world, and I would read about anything that these characters did!

    I would still whole heartedly recommend this epic series to anyone though, and really enjoyed listening to it!

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  • Tara ☽

    If Sam dies we riot at dawn

  • Nick

    I thought this series was over????

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