Book review: The King of Crows by Libba Bray

Published February 4th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


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, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need the Diviners’ help to do it.

Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe’s estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crow’s plans. Now, the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hopes of joining forces with Sarah Beth and to stop the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever.

But as rumors of towns becoming ghost towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems to be lost.

In this sweeping finale, The Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation, and world from catastrophe…

My rating:

“Stories were power. And whoever controlled the story controlled everything. A story could bring people together, or it could tear them apart. It could spread like a sickness, infecting people. It could lead them into battle or shake them into seeing what they had refused to see before.”

It was such a long and tremendous journey that came to an end. I am very sad to say goodbye to one of my favourite series of the last years, but, at the same time, I am relieved because it was high time for the story to end. I am absolutely happy with the ending (view spoiler) though it is bittersweet. And also the fact that Libba Bray left a little window for the future of Diviners, hinting that there might be a new story someday, makes the ending even more endearing.

What I have always loved about The Diviners is how reality and magic were organically interlinked together. I couldn’t imagine this world and these characters been different or from a different era. It’s positutely unimaginable! Roaring twenties, ghosts, jazz – irreplaceable elements that make this series unique and special. Plus the topics of diversity and race; what it means to be an American, a patriot. These were very important themes that still actual 100 years later from the time this story takes place.

In spite of all the good things I love about The Diviners, I felt The King of Crows was a little bit stretched: too many pages and the pacing at times was sooo slow I was getting bored. I suppose it’s not really a flow just my personal perception. The writing was superb as always and the documentary inserts were very interesting to read. It spiced up the story with a special hint of the old era.

The characters: leading and secondary – all were great and important for the story. It was so heartfelt to follow the birth of one of the great fictional friendships. I will miss all of them dearly!

I am a huge fan of The Diviners series and it will always have a special place in my heart. The King of Crows was a much-needed conclusion of the story, though it was a little bit stretched and slow for my taste. If you haven’t read The Diviner’s yet, I would highly recommend to dive into this story and enjoy the ride; it is worth your time!

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