Friday, October 18, 2019

Heartsong by TJ Klune

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.

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is fast becoming an absolute favourite series and this third book was both a surprise and a delight. It’s Robbie’s book and the story starts with confusing, non-linear fragments of memories, experiences, and dreams. After a few chapters, readers start to understand that Robbie’s memory has been taken, manipulated, and controlled by a powerful witch. Robbie finally finds the strength to run from the witch’s control but he’s left alone, without his memory, trying to figure out his relationship to the Bennett Pack that he doesn’t remember and no longer knows.

There are scenes in each of these books that have turned me into a blubbering mess, but Robbie’s story actually wrecked me. The Bennett wolves are afraid of him and he can’t remember the monster he was turned into. He no longer remembers his mate. I love the way readers are offered a glimpse of the Bennett pack through a stranger’s eyes and I love the way the pack relationships break, bend, and reform in this story. The balance between action, suspense, and relationships in this story is just about perfect. The action scenes are fabulous (as always) but I think I prefered Robbie’s quieter, more reflective moments. I love the distinctive writing style in these books – the series feels like epic poetry and the more lyrical passages are beautiful.

Unlike the first two books, this story doesn’t necessarily have a romance at its heart. It’s Robbie’s story and it is a Bennett Pack story but the relationship between Kelly and Robbie simmers quietly in the background for most of the book. It’s a second chance romance – with a huge twist – Robbie doesn’t remember their relationship. I love that Kelly is Ace, but it’s frustrating that the definition or parameters of his identity aren’t really made clear for readers. Robbie and Kelly are wonderful together, but the story is more about Robbie and the pack as a whole, not Robbie and Kelly as a couple.

One word of caution – this book doesn’t stand alone. I struggled a little because I read book two at least six months ago. The series is almost epic in scope, so I’d recommend reading the books back to back or at least doing a re-read or refresher glance through previous books before starting this one.

Also Available in the Green Creek Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Wolfsong Dual Media Review post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Ravensong post.

When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn't think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write. He recently went slightly insane and moved to the East Coast from the Sonoran Desert with his fiancé and neurotic cat in tow. He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Heartsong (Green Creek #3) by TJ Klune to read and review.

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