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The King of Crows

The Diviners, Book 4
Written by: Libba Bray
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Series: The Diviners, Book 4
Length: 22 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times best seller, 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....

©2020 Libba Bray (P)2020 Listening Library

What the critics say

"The producers of this audiobook might have been tempted to hire a full cast as there are more than 25 characters in this story.... The choice to leave it to [narrator January] LaVoy was inspired as she needs no supporting cast. Such is her vocal excellence that listeners will always be certain who is speaking to whom, even in chapters that have 10 distinct speaking parts. This is an audiobook one wishes would never end." (AudioFile Magazine)

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wow

amazing finale, cried alot and I'm a little sad that the story is finished, but so glad that I listened to these books

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  • 2020-02-09

January LaVoy is astoundingly good

I love this series and January LaVoy elevates it to a whole new level, she is the most talented narrator I've ever heard.

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  • Laura Marsh
  • 2020-05-08

A Satisfactory, but Slightly Rushed Conclusion

The Diviners series is sure to become one of my all-time favorite book series, and certainly one of the best audio performances I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Bray touches on an array of societal, racial, and historical issues in a genuine and well-researched way, even exploring some relatively little seen themes such as asexuality, and the effect of physical disabilities on personal relationships. Besides the underlying (and sometimes not so underlying) lessons of these books, the Diviners series is fun, funny, charming, and engaging.

Bray's characters are wonderfully varied, and deeply formed, with compelling growth and catching personalities. I did find that there was something I was missing from the character interaction in this book, but it was difficult to put my finger on. Despite the length and breadth of the book, I felt like I needed more Sam & Evie, more Ling, more Memphis and Isaiah. The group didn't achieve quite the same charisma among each other as Bray has so effortlessly seemed to capture in the preceding books. That being said, one of the greatest things about this series is that now that it's over, I miss the characters.

Overall, I was satisfied with Bray's conclusion, though I found the ending felt a bit rushed, and maybe a little anticlimactic. Not my favorite book in the series, to be sure, but even so, I very much enjoyed The King of Crows, and I wouldn't have wanted to experience it any other way than having it read to me by January Lavoy. Thank you Libba Bray, for a wonderful story.

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  • Jennifer M. Dow
  • 2020-06-23

Love the series

I normally like to read a book. But a librarian friend assured me I would love the audiobook series. Over the years it was nice to commute to story and get lost in the plot

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  • Onika Popo-James
  • 2020-06-10

Riveting! Relevant

history and sci-fi merged so seamlessly! I'm hearing many of the terms from this book in real life now! Black Lives Matter!

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  • Debra Andrae
  • 2020-06-09

great and timely storytelling

I was not as find of this book as the others in the series. mostly because for at least half the book the characters are mostly separated into groups and some of my favorite character dynamics (Theta and Henry or Long and Henry) were missing. Once they are all reunited the book really picks up and I thought had an excellent ending.

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  • aquariusismymood
  • 2020-05-15

An entertaining series

Not as strong as it's predecessors, but still an enjoyable story. The narration is superb.

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  • Kamiel
  • 2020-03-08

I waited for this???

Filled with fluff, very little action and at times predictable. On the plus side the narrator did a great job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-04

Great book!

Loved revisiting the deviners characters and getting to know them in a deeper way. Suspenseful, mournful, and joyful all in one.

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  • Mani S.
  • 2020-03-02

Five star story and a ten star performance

Libba Bray finishes strong as this wonderful, strange and surprisingly historically aware tale draws to a close.
Bray's stylized prose gives a strong sense of place and the horrors it represents are evocative. The villains she writes are so despicable the only complaint comes when they are not thoroughly punished. But that's a creative choice as well. Bray chooses to focus on hope and the future than punishing the wicked.

I was a fan from the beginning and in no small part thanks to the brilliant January LaVoy. she's definitely a dozen people in a trench coat because no single human being can be so talented and diverse in their acting. I loved that Bray recognizes the narrator's role by honouring her with a character name in the story. I look forward to this marvelous pair reuniting for another book down the line. Parting is such sweet sorrow. These wonderful characters hopefully can return in a sequel series in the future.

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  • Brett Delaney
  • 2020-03-01

Another great read

I really loved this book. The performance of this is honestly the best I've ever heard. The performer is truly a master of voices. I took off a star because the climax felt really rushed. Also, LOVE you Libba Bray but oh my fucking god stop using the word "atom" when you clearly don't understand how an atom functions. Some of the times she uses atoms as descriptors she says "atoms splitting" like fuckin ooookay so there was an atomic explosion? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS. She put so much effort into researching the 1920s, and the setting is so rich... but she put no effort into learning some chemistry and physics for Lings character. We're led to believe that Ling Chan is really good at science, but she just repeats the same lines about "atoms" all the time. Don't write a scientifically eloquent character if you won't consult physicists or read up on things to actually round out her knowledge. It was even more frustrating in this book than the previous.
Also, I am SO confused by the epilogue here. We're led to believe that all this happened before the stock market crash, but then we see the beginning of the rise of Hitler, which was in 1933?? I was very confused by this. Seems like a pretty big oversight.

For the most part, this book is a good read. I just felt a little unsatisfied with some of the endings for the character arcs. Things felt too easy at times for them, and the stakes weren't heightened. What really saved it was the consistently good characters, whom I've fallen in love with over the course of this series. Bray can really write an amazing character, and usually she is GREAT at researching for the setting but it seems her publishers might have rushed her a bit on this one at times. Historical inaccuracies in a historical fiction novel can be jarring.