Oh my freaking gosh! I can’t wait until another friend/fan reads this so I can gush with someone! Once again, TJ killed me with this book! It was everything I wanted, and it reestablished my love for these people and wolves!
Leading up to Ravensong TJ posted multiple blog posts, and in one of them he warned us to not expect Gordo to read like Ox did in Wolfsong. For this reader, he was mostly right. Ox was wounded, but he had a massive heart and he was always full of such hope and even a certain amount of innocence, even when his own father broke him. Gordo, on the other hand, is cynical and angry. Sometimes you might think he even borders on cruel. They are two very different characters. Still, on the other hand, there was a lot about the two books that felt similar. The aching hauntingness, the melancholy, is still there. The rhythm of the prose is still there. No matter how different (but beautiful) Gordo and Ox are, the melody of the series was still strong.
I was looking forward to reading the history between Gordo and Mark. I think I was especially intrigued because Mark and Gordo are so much older than Ox and Joe. When the story starts they’re both nearly 40, so basically my age. I wanted to know their characters more intimately, and I got it. We even went back to when they first met, read about their childhood friendship, and how they fell in love. It was so sweet. It was also so freaking heartbreaking, TJ. You always do that to us! You love making us hurt, don’t you? You made their reconciliation rough, but so worth it in the end.
And, of course, the most amazing and wonderful part of the Green Creek world is my darling Ox. Oh my gosh, how I love Ox. I couldn’t help but read how strong he is, how ‘Alpha’, and not think back to the sad little boy who’d been told he was gonna get shit from everyone. I remembered Ox and his mom, soap bubbles, and his bond with a little Tornado. I love seeing what Ox grew into, all his love, and how embraced he’s been by his new family. Alpha Matheson is special; me, Joe and Thomas Bennett all knew it right away. It doesn’t matter who’s POV we get, or what love story it is, Ox is always the soul of these novels and I could read about him and Joe for the rest of my life.
In fact, I’m begging for the opportunity to read about them forever. I want an infinity of Ox, Joe, and the rest of the Bennett Pack.
Thank you to Dreamspinner Press for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.