Tuesday, May 12, 2020

TJ Klune - Heartsong

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.

Comment: This is the 3rd story in the Green Creek series by TJ Klune and I couldn't pass the opportunity to read it, since the first books, especially the second, were so amazing.

Robbie has always wanted to belong to a pack to feel needed, to feel loved and he believes he's found it in the current pack hes at, even though he has dreams of weird scenes, of feelings he can't explain. One day during a mission for the alpha of all, he is confused by what the small pack he meets tells him. Yes, it's true he doesn't remember much of his past years since he was rescued after his mother died and the present but surely nothing bad happened to him, his alpha and his witch friend Ezra would have told him, right?
Then he is told about another pack, a pack bent on being different, of changing all the rules and also seen as the enemy. When a confused Robbie finally has contact with that pack, though, his life changes completely.

When the second book ends, as it seems to be the trend in this series, we have a little glimpse of what might happen in this one but when this story begins, it feels like we're back in time, before the events of the other books and we see a side of Robbie we hadn't before. However, things don't add up and some details seem rather confusing.
I must say it took me a while to figure out what was going on but when I did, it was both scary and addictive to keep reading and I'm very glad things developed in true Klune's style: a lot of heartbreak but all the feels one would want!

I've probably said before, the true beauty of these Green Creek books is how incredibly touching and special they are without the characters being in lust half the pages. It really takes talent and ability to convey every single thing through looks, little touches, little things and comments. I love these books because they are well written and the style is one I can appreciate but I would understand that for some things take a bit too long to happen.

Of course, there's no doubt I liked knowing Robbie and Kelly more, to see what makes them special as individuals as well as part of the pack and the solid group of characters we've come to know in the series.
Kelly has always appeared as somewhat shy, too quiet, more a sidekick to his more extrovert brother Carter so it was nice to know more of him, of his personality.
Same for Robbie, although since the story is seen mostly from his POV, it's easier to have a closer idea of what he feels and thinks. I like them a lot as a couple.

It's really fascinating how much can be entailed in small sentences, how little things gain more importance and meaning when the right context is on going. It does seem clear the author has thought about this whole world and how to develop it. The plot moves at a slow pace but I can't honestly mind it because each word, each sentence matters and conveys a huge amount of things, no matter how simplistic they might look. I also absolutely loved the character's interactions and how the pack cares for all its members.

It's difficult to explain without giving spoilers, without summarizing things that happened but this is ana amazing series. This installment could have been a little more special had the bad guy not got away with some things but... I suppose that's the subject of the next and last book.
As expected, we have a scene of what happens after Robbie and Kelly finally settle on their HEA and that promises another heartfelt story to finish the series. 
What a pity the release date was delayed but I can't wait to go back to these characters!
Grade: 8/10

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