A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audio Review : Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by T.J. Klune and Kirt Graves (Narrator)

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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. 

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | Audible | iTunes

Audio Details:

Audible Audio, 21 pages
Published December 6th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 31st 2018)
Original Title Ravensong
ASINB07L4T61RZ
Edition Language English
Series Green Creek #2

An Ali Release Day Review: Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by T.J. Klune

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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.

I was really excited about this book because Gordo was one of my favorite characters from book one and I’m a huge fan of second chance romances. This had the same unique storytelling style of book one but it was a bit darker. Gordo and Mark are very different people than Ox and Joe and there’s no sweetness, no innocence left in either of them.

This book is told entirely from Gordo’s pov. The story overlaps with the events of the end of Wolfsong. We see the guys leaving and we learn what happened while they were gone. It jumps around from these events to events from Gordo’s childhood. We learn how he became the pack witch, now he learned his magic and we see the horrible things that shaped his childhood. We also see how he and Mark became friends and then fell in love. The constant time jumps at the beginning should have been a mess and for any other author they probably would have been. For this story and the vibe of it (& of Wolfsong) it totally worked. I was never confused and it all felt cohesive.

The story then proceeds to current day and the events that happen in this book. There is a lot of story. A lot. It’s pretty fast paced and action filled. I think the overall plot line takes up the majority of the story. The thing that kept this from being a 5 star for me was that the romance is not as much a part of the story as I would have liked. Really though, this book is about Gordo’s development. It’s about him finally finding a measure of peace in his life. Gordo has been hurt repeatedly by both his family and the pack and my heart broke for him in more than one place. The road for him and Mark is hard. Harder than it needs to be in places because Gordo can’t get out of his own way. I never felt that he should just get it over it though. I think I would have held on to my anger as long as he did if I’d been through so much. Their story is not so much a romance as a love story but by the end they find their way back to each other.

I don’t want to say much about the overall plot because there is little that can be said without spoilers. Things develop with the Omegas and with the overall politics of the werewolf world. A lot of people are not happy with the power that Joe and Ox have with their rag tag pack. The gang’s all here and they were some of the best scenes. The overall feel of this book was dark and sad and I needed the laugh out loud moments that Chris, Tanner and Rico provided. We see a lot of everyone from book one. Even Thomas was a big part through Gordo’s memories.

This one ends much like the first book did. The main events come to a resolution and the group are happy for the moment. They know though that they have another hurdle coming. The set up for the next book is fantastic. I can’t wait. Like seriously, it can’t come soon enough.

This book can not be read as a standalone. I’m not generally a re-reader but I almost wish I had re-read Wolfsong. Or at least the last few chapters. It would have helped with the beginning of this book. It’s not mandatory though. After the first few pages you realize what’s going on time wise (well, if you’ve read my review you will know before you start and you’ll be all good)

Anyways……a really, really good read. Not quite as magical as book one was for me but still very enjoyable.

Cover:  This cover was done by Reese Dante and I love it.  It’s perfect for the story and it compliments book one in the series perfectly.
Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleRavensong
ISBN139781640802063
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series Green Creek : add to Goodreads
Heartsong – coming soon