Welcome to the start of The Raven Cycle Week here at Rally the Readers as we count down the days until the release of the final book, The Raven King, next week!
When we did a week of Raven Cycle-themed posts back in 2014 (was it really that long ago?!) to celebrate the release of book three, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, we dedicated the posts to all of the human characters, lol. Poor Chainsaw the raven didn't get a spotlight, and fixing that was a top priority for the 2016 edition of TRC Week. And what a fitting way to kick off a week of Raven Cycle posts than by talking about . . . a raven? XD
I love when animal friends figure prominently in books, and to me, Chainsaw is as integral to the group as Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah all are. She also seems uncannily intelligent, but then, considering her origin, that's not surprising.
One of my favorite, out of a multitude of favorite, things about the series is how much Ronan loves Chainsaw. Usually Ronan is all sharp edges and biting comments, but he smuggled Chainsaw in his backpack and took her to school so he could feed her. Ronan also brought Chainsaw on an expedition to the local dollar store with Gansey and Noah in The Dream Thieves because Dollar City allowed pets. I still laugh my ass off nearly three years later at the way Ronan loosely interpreted the store's pet policy.
Chainsaw is one special raven, not only because of her bond with Ronan, but because there's just something extraordinary about her. I can't wait to see if my hunch proves true in The Raven King. Who knows? Maybe she's Glendower's pet raven, or maybe she's been Glendower all along!
Do you love The Raven Cycle, too? Feel free to post this week on any Raven Cycle-related topic and add your link to the linky below! I'll also be adding my own links just so they're all in one place. :)