Book Reviews

Ravensong (Green Creek 2) by TJ Klune at BOATK Books

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Magic / Shifters / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 02-October-2019

Book Blurb

Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.

It should have been enough.

And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.

Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.

But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.

Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2018.


Book Review

As much as ‘Wolfsong’ tore me up I had a strong feeling (before I even started reading) that ‘Ravensong’ was going to rip me in two and I would struggle with putting myself back together. I had no idea how right I was until it happened.

“But all I could hear was my mother’s voice. You can’t trust a wolf. They don’t love you. They need you. They use you. The magic in you is a lie.”

When Gordo was eight his father, Robert, began the excruciatingly painful process of tattooing his arms while his alpha, Abel, held Gordo down. The tattoos were to help Gordo to control his magic and learn to use it. When he was twelve his mother killed his father’s tether, another woman, and in his grief and rage, his father leveled a neighborhood killing a lot of people including his mother. Wolves came from back East and took his father away imprisoning him and stripping him of his magic, and Gordo became the Bennett pack witch. When he was thirteen the human hunters came one night and killed everyone including their alpha, Abel, leaving only Thomas, Elizabeth, their new son, Carter, Mark, and Richard alive. Thomas became alpha and Richard fled, lost in his grief. When he was fifteen Thomas and the pack went back East leaving Gordo behind to watch over Green Creek, destroying Gordo’s belief in the wolves and their love for him. Regardless of the reasons behind it, Gordo felt this betrayal all the way to his soul and his mother’s words rang strong in his mind over and over and over again.

“Magic wasn’t wish fulfillment. It was harsh and rough, pulling from the blood and bones of the witch, focused with the ink etched into my skin.”

I thought ‘Wolfsong’ was intense, and it is, but ‘Ravensong’ is gritty, dark, and extreme, far beyond where the first book went. Gordo and Mark are like rocks that have been battered by the rain for a thousand years. They’re bruised, beaten, and tired but they are warriors who continue to fight, sometimes against each other, but mostly against those who would take their pack from them. They’ve loved each other since they were children but so many countless hurts have been broken against their souls that it takes the almost death and destruction of all they hold dear to bring them back together. Gordo is most definitely the strongest barrier to their love, but I couldn’t blame him. Even once he was the Bennett pack witch again under Joe and Ox as his alphas, Gordo kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and to be left again with nothing. His trust of the wolves, of pack, of the Bennetts, and of himself was shattered when he was a child and holding on to his anger, hate, and pain was so much easier than opening himself up to love and family.

“I’m sorry,” I told him quietly. “That it took me this long to get here. I should have—I should have done things differently. I didn’t know how.” …
And deep in my head, along the frayed thread that stretched between us, I heard a wolf howling a song of the lost, trying to find his way home.”

Much like when I wrote my review of ‘Wolfsong’, I haven’t gone into detail about what happens in this book. There’s so much information and so many things happening at once that I find it practically impossible unless I give spoilers and I’m choosing not to do that. I can say that I saw the return of enemies, the creation of new ones, unexpected betrayal, lust for power, love unimaginable, Ox becoming even more, the villain I expected, and packpackpack. This book is intense but I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the levity provided by Gordo’s three closest friends from childhood, Rico, Tanner, and Chris. They became a part of the pack in ‘Wolfsong’ and now represent (along with Jessie) the Team Human portion of the Bennett pack. They made me laugh more than once and it was a definite relief each and every time.

This book did rip me in two and I spent the next day just quietly contemplating everything I had experienced and felt. The world of ‘Green Creek’ is powerful and immense, it takes me out of my own head and leaves me breathless and feeling more alive than I can begin to explain. As TJ Klune said in a blog post, “By the time you finish, I want you to be fucking dazed with the story you just read.” Congratulations, sir, mission more than accomplished.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 480 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-September-2019
Price $5.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Ravensong-Green-Creek-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07YG88VY2