Okay, I actually read this book the minute it hit release day, and I sat up all night until I was done. At the conclusion, I was going to leave a positive review like my previous ones, ( because come on folks this series deserves positive reviews- its so damn good) but I saw all the drama (listed as 1 star reviews) about publisher issues, civil disputes etc, that i wasn't even sure I should leave a review.
Like most dedicated Klune fans I pre-ordered this book, way, way back last year. The pre-order fell through, but when it re-released for another pre-order I clicked that baby ASAP. It basically took until now for me to decide to leave a review, and I do so, simply because Klune's story-telling is so, so, so damn good, its a crime to NOT leave a review. The man is hands down, no word of a lie, brilliant and I'll happily sing that tune from any rooftop.
That being said, as a major fan of TJ Klune, and die-hard Green Creek fan (Ox- so swoon worthy), I was chafing at the bit for this latest installment of this excellent, excellent, series. For those that have come in late, this book, like the previous books in this brilliant series, Wolfsong, Ravensong and this latest one Heartsong, are NOT standalones. You absolutely need to read the other books to have any idea of whats what, and who's who, who the goodies are and who the baddies are.
Anyone who's read this standout series, will attest that without the amazing backstory started off in Wolfsong, new readers will be confused about the plot and characters, and lose so much joy that only comes from such top shelf storytelling, by trying to skip books.
Truthfully, anyone whose ever read any of Klune's work will undoubtedly agree, Green Creek is such an amazing series and 1000% worth starting from scratch if you haven't yet fallen into this amazing world. And much like the rest of his fan base, I too feel as though the wait for the next book, will be interminable. August 2020 is soooo far away.
So, 3 books in, and like all great series, there's the usual trepidation when a new release is set free, all the angst and worry the latest story will be a let down... despite my full support, like most normal folks I dare say, I was wondering if the knockout brilliant momentum of Green Creek's fabulousness would continue with Robbie and Kelly's story, because at the end of book 2, we were left knowing that these two guys were meant for each other, no surprise there.
Also, as great supporting secondary characters Robbie and Kelly were just so... likeable, so not angsty, calm, supportive and perfect support cast to the amazing Ox, Joe, Gordo, Mark, Carter and the tight-knit human crew, that bringing these men into the foreground as main MC's would take a deft hand and a great plot.
Except with NO spoilers coming at all, Heartsong was NOTHING at all like I was expecting and for that very reason this installment was an unexpected rollercoaster ride that was equal parts beautifully brilliant and epically sad. Absolutely a true testament to the skill and care that is TJ Klune's writing that this book never once stumbled in the course of furthering the Green Creek series.
Book 3, Heartsong, was just so damn good, so wonderful, so sad, all thanks to Klune's deft hand at weaving such compelling, believable ( for fantasy) powerful, emotional stories. No word of a lie, Klune's masterful touch in managing so many secondary characters' again shone here and his brilliance rose another level by his ease in catapulting Robbie and Kelly into believable, lovable, heartrendingly beautiful leading men. As with the previous books, this instalment was 1st POV this time told through Robbie's wonderful unique voice, and holeymoley, Klune upped his game to lift Robbie as a front-runner powerhouse main leading man. So, so good.
Klune's unraveling of Heartsong's plot, like his previous books, was littered with extremely well described emotional highs and lows, snippets of memories, and backstory, as well as standout fabulous fight scenes and all the danger and drama, and breath-stealing surprises that we've come to expect from Klune and the Green Creek crew. While at its core, Green Creek is a goodies versus baddies theme, this series is 100% so much more as the members of the Bennett/Matherson pack muddle through the trials and tribulations of baddies wanting to hurt and destroy them as each member stumbles their way towards their HEA.
For those that know, and those that want to know, this latest release, Heartsong, was very angst driven and had me completely caught up in the unfolding drama involving the wickedly bad, Robert Livingstone and company, and the ongoing issues that surround the Bennett/Matherson pack as they cope with the ever-increasing danger of the Omegas and the emotional ride that was the coming together of Robbie and Kelly. If that wasn't enough drama and angst, and heart-squeezing feels, Klune threw in some edgy teasing snippets involving Carter and the faithful grey wolf who attached himself to Carter's side at the end of book 2. I'm not giving anymore away, you'll have to read the book.
What I will say however, now that I've read this book twice, ( simply because it was so damn good) I have no idea why I even contemplated there being any possible issue with this next instalment coming out, because TJ Klune continued to wow, and thrill, and have me a blubbering mess as I raced through each page almost biting my nails off, clean up to my elbows.
So much tension. So much drama.
So many feels. So, so good.
Honestly, I was all green, green, green, until I was blue, blue, blue, and then as the book was winding up, I was green and blue and a mixture of the two. Cracker writing. However, when I read that Brothersong ( Carter and Gavin) wasn't due out until August 2020, I fell back into blue, blue, blue. So much blue.
Heartsong, *woah* I can only say, do your self a favor and read this epic series. Book one is Wolfsong and if your not addicted to all things Matherson/Bennett by the close of the cover, I'd be powerfully surprised.
Absolutely, positively, Highly, Highly recommended reading. I'll undoubtedly stay blue, blue, blue, until next August as I faithfully wait for Brothersong. I have a feeling its going to be a huge emotional rollercoaster ride of epic feels, soulful crying jags and brilliant laugh out loud moments ( typical TJ Klune writing) I simply cannot wait. Sadly Brothersong, will likely be the conclusion to this amazing, beautiful series.
Score-wise: So many stars, if I added them all together and tried to post them, I'll likely break Amazon 's scoring system- so sadly I have to stick with 5. If you want some free advice, hurry and click this standout series, every book is hands down, no word of a lie, worth the price of buying the books. Honestly, I've never been so happy to spend money.
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