Title: Ravensong (Green Creek #2)
Author: TJ Klune and Kirt Graves (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 6th 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance
Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.75 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: If you haven’t read Wolfsong – STOP – go back and read it. Ravensong is not a standalone.
I thought I knew this story. I read it, you see, when it first came out. But it’s taken Kirt Graves’ performance for me to see so many new nuances to Gordo’s story, and his pain.
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.
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.
Wolfsong was Kirt Graves’ first audio narration. He now has over fifteen other audiobooks under his belt and with each, including Ravensong, listeners can tell how much Graves has grown and matured as a voice actor. His performance here is absolutely wonderful. From his character voices, to his timing, pacing, and emotion…it all works to give an unforgettable presentation.
Ravensong takes you on a roller coaster of emotion. Thankfully, there is some humor to mitigate the pain (mostly from the humans of the pack), and love is threaded through the story so tightly you can feel it pour off the pages. Ravensong broke my heart, shattered it into a thousand pieces, and finally patched me up, but it’s a brittle hold as it ends with a cliffhanger bombshell that will rock you to the core and requires us to wait to find out what will happen next.
I am so invested in this family, in this town, and everyone’s future that I can hardly wait until Heartsong and Brothersong 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—