Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.
It should have been enough.
And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.
Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.
But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.
Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.
NOTE: Ravensong does not stand alone. Definitely read Wolfsong first, and if it has been awhile, I'd suggest doing a reread.
"Pain is a lesson"
Gordo Livingston is bitter and angry. To truly understand the depth of his anger, you first have to understand his fears and his past. Gordo felt betrayed, abandoned, alone. By his parents, by his pack, by his mate, and he's determined to never let it happen again. There is such a history between Gordo and Mark, as well as the Bennett pack, and the betrayals cut so so deep that Gordo couldn't see past the pain for far too long.
"I don't believe your promises anymore."
Gordo wasn't the only one that was angry, though. Mark Bennett had plenty of his own when his mate severed ties for good - with the pack and with him - and loneliness drove him to sate his needs elsewhere. Mark wants nothing more than to have his mate back; to have that part of him that was lost to time and circumstance.
“There’s anger,” he said quietly. “It’s smoke and ash. But underneath, there is still dirt and leaves and rain. Like there always was. Like the first time. I remember it. I never smelled anything like it before. I wanted to consume it. I wanted it rubbed into my skin so it would never leave me. I wanted to sink my teeth into it until your blood filled my mouth."
Ravensong is a story that feels like it is just beginning. I loved the mix of past and present in the narrative, rather than being entirely linear. It helped to give perspective without bogging me down in the past.
May our songs always be heard.
Do they finally find their way? Yes yes YES!!!! But not before tragedy strikes and the future is more uncertain than ever. I would have liked for Mark and Gordo to get a bit more time to revel in each other, but there was so much going on they didn't have time to just be.
I loved Ravensong almost as much as I loved Wolfsong. The world is richly drawn with complex layers of beauty and evil. I'm looking forward to book 3 and will be waiting with baited breath.
ARC of Ravensong was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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