Rating: 5 stars out of 5
TJ Klune has the most incredible imagination of any author I know. I’m at a loss for words to describe just how phenomenal this story was. No wait… Let’s call this a saga, not a story, because that’s truly what it is and we are only midway through this unique experience. The author recently announced that he has plans for two more books in the series and the epilogue gives us a clue as to what the next one will be. OMG! I can’t wait!
Gordo Livingstone is a witch. In fact, he’s the witch for the Bennett Clan and he’s the soulmate of Mark Bennett, uncle of Joe, the current alpha. We met these two star-crossed lovers in book one, Wolfsong. This is their story.
Through intermittent flashbacks, the author cleverly lets us see how Gordo’s life was shaped—his evil father who killed his mother when she killed his father’s tether, a woman with whom he was having an affair. His mother always taught him that wolves can’t be trusted. They need you and use you but don’t really love you. Though he might scoff at that lesson intellectually, she managed to ingrain the lesson emotionally.
Gordo thought he was done with the pack when they all moved away and left him behind. Their departure cemented his mother’s lessons deep in his heart. Now they are back and Gordo tries to ignore Mark Bennett with every breath he takes. It’s not easy. In fact, the song between his raven and Mark’s wolf is crying to be heard. When outside forces intervene in the quiet town of Green Creek and hope is at its lowest, the Bennett pack, assisted by their witch and the humans who support them, gather their reserve strength to fight a battle that must be won.
I am not going to include any spoilers for this book in my review. I will say that the plot is complex, with multiple layers of deceit, intrigue, and evil that goes back many years. There are characters here I love to hate and those I hate to love. Mark and Gordo seem to be ill-fated and much of the book left me feeling as if my stomach were in knots. But I kept moving forward. Avidly. There’s no way I could turn off this audiobook, even to eat, never mind sleep. And the ending was worth the wait.
Kirt Graves is as outstanding in his performance of this audio as he was in Wolfsong. The cast of hundreds each has a distinctive voice. I totally forgot that a man narrated the book when a woman spoke, and I loved the pitch, tone, and accent he assigned to Gordo. As much as I highly recommend the story itself, I recommend listening to this audio. It’s beyond description. A must buy, for sure.
The cover by Reese Dante is similar to Wolfsong’s cover and features red lettering against a dark gray background with a paw print on the lower corner—a paw print that seems to be clawing the ground as it leaves a trail of gouges in the dirt.
Audible Audio, 21 pages
Published December 6th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 31st 2018)
Original Title Ravensong
Edition Language English
Series Green Creek #2