Book Reviews

Heartsong (Green Creek 3) by TJ Klune at BOATK Books

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Magic / Shifters / Wizards & Witches / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 11-December-2019

Book Blurb

All Robbie Fontaine ever wanted was a place to belong. After the death of his mother, he bounces around from pack to pack, forming temporary bonds to keep from turning feral. It’s enough—until he receives a summons from the wolf stronghold in Caswell, Maine. 

Life as the trusted second to Michelle Hughes—the Alpha of all—and the cherished friend of a gentle old witch teaches Robbie what it means to be pack, to have a home. 

But when a mission from Michelle sends Robbie into the field, he finds himself questioning where he belongs and everything he’s been told. Whispers of traitorous wolves and wild magic abound—but who are the traitors and who the betrayed? 

More than anything, Robbie hungers for answers, because one of those alleged traitors is Kelly Bennett—the wolf who may be his mate.

The truth has a way of coming out. And when it does, everything will shatter.


Book Review

“I had a strange relationship with trees.
My mother placed me in one moments before my father murdered her.
I was six years old.” ~ Robbie

When I finished ‘Ravensong’, the second book in this series, I thought I knew where the author would take me next on my journey with the Bennett pack. As usual I was dead wrong. I couldn’t begin to imagine the pain and suffering that Robbie was going to endure… but not in a pedestrian manner. Oh no, that’d be far too easy for TJ Klune. Instead he has written a psychological torture a la Stephen King and I was glued to the pages. packpackpackHomeFamilyMateBrotherpackpackpack

Robbie lost his mother when he was six and then he spent years wandering, staying with other packs briefly, until the day he woke to find the Alpha of all’s witch, Ezra, offering him a place to belong, a home. Except he had these dreams. Dreams of a white wolf, a black wolf, a forest, a home, and people he didn’t know. No one could explain them, not even Ezra. There were days when Robbie felt as if his mind was a fog but many others where life in Caswell, Maine was happy, clear, and joyous. But nothing lasts forever.

“He said, “Hey.”
He said, “Hi.”
He said, “Hello.”
He said, “I see you, you know?” and “I see you” and “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry we let you go, I’m so sorry I let you go, but I swear to you, I swear it’ll never happen again. You’re safe. You’re safe now. Finally, after all this time.” ~ Kelly

I honestly can’t say any more because of spoilers and believe me when I say, the last thing anyone should have is spoilers about this story. It took everything I thought I believed and turned it on its ear. This family in Green Creek that I love, this family that is together by choice and not necessarily by blood, hasn’t caught a break since Thomas died. First Gordo, Carter, Kelly, and Joe left for three years to hunt down the man who killed their father leaving Ox and the rest of the pack alone, forcing Ox to step into the role of alpha, which as a human should have been impossible. Then the witches, human hunters, and omega wolves came intent on destroying not just the pack but the entire town of Green Creek. In that showdown, Ox somehow became the Alpha of the Omegas and gained the ability to shift. And now there’s Robbie in their midst, bringing just as much turmoil to the pack as any of the prior drama they’ve endured.

“I screamed up at the sky, and everything I felt, all the anguish and rage and fear of what had been done to me and all that lay ahead poured out of me. I had known the truth weeks ago, the weight of it heavy on my shoulders. But only now did I let it crack me open and fill me up.” ~ Robbie

The angst is heavy in this book but luckily, Chris, Tanner, and Rico bring enough laughter to offset some of the weightiness. I don’t know what the pack would do without them because their loyalty, their friendship, their love, and their brotherhood is strong and pure. Unfortunately for Jessie, the Team Human’s ranks are shrinking and she’s going to need to recruit.

I couldn’t put ‘Heartsong’ down and stayed awake until the wee hours of the morning in order to finish it. It is, for me, perfect and trying to be patient until the final book releases is going to be difficult. As has been the case with the first two books in this series, I’ve spent considerable time thinking about the story, the characters, the plot, and of course, where I think the author might take me next. Frankly, I haven’t got a clue, but I can’t wait for the exhilaration of the ride. packpackpack

“I looked back at this pack of mine. This ridiculous, wonderful pack. At the way they moved in the moonlight, the way they sang together, the way they loved each other with their whole hearts.” ~ Robbie

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 402 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-October-2019
Price $5.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Heartsong-Green-Creek-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07XXH9VPP