Title: Ravensong (Green Creek #2)
Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 31st 2018
Page Length: 400 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
NOTE: There are some spoilers for Wolfsong here. If you haven’t read Wolfsong – STOP – go back and read it. Ravensong is not a standalone.
Ravensong is the second story in the Green Creek series and told in a nonlinear narrative, from the single POV of Gordo Livingstone, the witch of the Bennett wolf pack. Like Ox, from Wolfsong, who was told by his father that he was gonna get shit his whole life, Gordo’s father imparted to him a lesson as well.
Pain is a lesson. It teaches you the ways of the world.
- be a warning or indication of (a future event).
There’s a lot about Gordo that remained mysterious during Wolfsong. While Ox is Gordo’s tether, Wolfsong is told entirely from Ox’s perspective, and his perspective is that of a boy who grew into a man and then into something much more than just an Alpha.
Gordo has a much different perspective. He has a lot of history with the Bennett pack, and not a lot of it is good. Gordo was forced to grow up far too soon, and put through a hell few could imagine. Bottom line, Gordo has known a lot of betrayal. His story is, for the most part, not a happy one and there is much for him to go through and to face.
The old witch sighed. “You will be tested, Gordo Livingstone. In ways that you haven’t yet imagined. One day, and one day soon, you will have to make a choice. And I fear the future of all you hold dear will depend on it.”
Much of Ravensong focuses on how the Bennett pack has influenced Gordo, and the totally valid reasons why Gordo has such issues with them, but for all that’s happened in the past, Gordo is the Bennett pack’s witch. It’s built into his DNA and been carved into his skin.
I was Gordo Livingstone.
I was the witch to the Bennett pack.
Ravensong begins with Joe’s announcement to Ox that he, Carter, Kelly and Gordo will be leaving to hunt down Richard Collins. The beginning of Ravensong could have been repetitive but, because so much new information is shared due to it being Gordo’s perspective, the reader actually gets to process a large amount of new information. The first part of the story covers their absence from Green Creek (which, personally, I’ve always been mad with Joe staying away for over three years)….
Three years, one month, twenty-six days.
…and I actually didn’t realize how mad I was still at Joe until, while reading Ravensong, I got to see their three year plus absence through Gordo’s eyes. Frankly, seeing that perspective made my blood boil even more.
It’s literally a week later and just thinking about it I’m furious all over again. I’m also mad at Thomas, and, to a lesser extent, Elizabeth and Mark.
Through the nonlinear narrative we are given insight into Gordo’s past; how he grew up, the importance of the garage and his friends, and what the pack means to him. We also get a better perspective on what is driving the other wolves, outside the Bennett pack, and their motivations and how that plays into the larger picture.
I have so much rage after reading all of Ravensong…and it’s mostly for Robert Livingstone, Gordo’s father. That son-of-a-bitch needs to be eviscerated slowly and then set on fire while he’s still alive so everyone can stand around, hear his screams, and smile at his pain.
The thing about T.J. Klune’s writing – it evokes so much emotion while reading. Ravensong takes you on a roller coaster of emotion. There’s so much to process once you’re done reading it, and I haven’t had this bad of a book hangover in a very long time…I think probably since Wolfsong, but, never fear, there is humor to mitigate the pain (mostly from the humans of the pack), and there is such love threaded through the story so tightly you can feel it pour off the pages.
Ravensong ends with a bombshell that will rock you to the core. I am so invested in this family, in this town, and everyone’s future that I can hardly wait until the next stories are released.
But one day I hope you’ll forgive me for all that I have done to you. For all my faults. I did what I thought was right. I did what I thought would keep you safe. You are pack and pack and packpackpack—
Buckle up, kiddos. It’s going to be rough.