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Book Review: Brothersong by TJ Klune

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, LGBTQIA+ Romance, MM Romance
Series: Green Creek #4
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: In the ruins of Caswell, Maine, Carter Bennett learned the truth of what had been right in front of him the entire time. And then it—he—was gone.

Desperate for answers, Carter takes to the road, leaving family and the safety of his pack behind, all in the name of a man he only knows as a feral wolf. But therein lies the danger: wolves are pack animals, and the longer Carter is on his own, the more his mind slips toward the endless void of Omega insanity.

But he pushes on, following the trail left by Gavin.

Gavin, the son of Robert Livingstone. The half-brother of Gordo Livingstone.

What Carter finds will change the course of the wolves forever. Because Gavin’s history with the Bennett pack goes back further than anyone knows, a secret kept hidden by Carter’s father, Thomas Bennett.

And with this knowledge comes a price: the sins of the fathers now rest upon the shoulders of their sons.

 

My Review: Brothersong was everything and more. I could go on for days gushing about how great this book (and series) was. This story was as painful as it was breathtakingly beautiful. Brothersong was a perfect ending to a phenomenal series.

The beginning near broke my heart because Carter so empty, dejected and alone as he searched desperately for Gavin. He’s tried so hard as the eldest Bennett and Beta to keep those he loves safe and happy. As he slowly slips towards becoming an Omega, Carter reflects on his life and how things ended up the way they are at present. All of which was very eye-opening.

This is truly is a story of brothers. It is the most touching and lyrical song of brothers I’ve ever seen. In Brothersong, you get a more in-depth look at the relationships between brothers by blood and by bond. It provides a deeper understanding of characters and how those relationships impact the characters’ lives and the overall story.

I loved how Klune used the power of names in Brothersong (and the series in general): “a name is a name is a name” and “a rose by any other name.” The Bennett name has long since held power and reverence. It is a weight that has effected the Bennett-Livingstone line for decades and shaped certain characters for better or worse. You see the burden and agony names have had. And again my heart breaks for everyone.

The disparaging cycle of pain and loss he and his family have endured – seen through Carter’s eyes – was even more jarring than in previous books. The Bennett pack (and by extension, the Livingstone family who have long been closely tied with the Bennetts) have to be the most unfortunate family I’ve ever read about. They give so much and ask for so little. But this special found family continues to prove through love, faith, strength and resilience why they are “the goddamn Bennett pack.”

There’s always a choice every second of every day on who we want to be and Gavin is the epitome of this life lesson. I love Gavin’s character with all my heart. I love his grumpiness, practicality and sense of humor as he comes more and more alive. He has been a lost soul for such a long time that his character growth throughout the book was truly wonderful and poignant to witness. I wanted to give him a hug and tell him I see you and that he deserves to be happy and loved and “thump, thump, thump.”

Brothersong was woven together so well, mixing the past and present in an impactful way. Klune has stated, “This isn’t going to go how you think,” and he was correct.

The middle of the story had my emotions all over the place. There was sadness but also wholesome family love and funny moments. I love the sentimentality that’s often repeated, that pack means no one gets left behind. Chapters I loved in this middle section were “white willow / die squirrel die,” “be better / these scars,” and “[spoiler hidden] / hello hello. Those chapters – so tragic and beautiful and hilarious – really stood out to me.

The ending – oh my stars, that ending! – was terrifying in that I worried about this amazing family I have come to love so much. But it was also astounding in its execution, surprising me at every turn. One thing that bothered was how long they waited to deal with imperative issues that ultimately forced certain decisions.

And the conclusion brought everything full circle in the best possible way. It was *chef’s kiss* perfect.

A few character highlights: Elizabeth proves once more why she is a Queen who will always reign supreme in our hearts. Gordo is the best big brother ever, so grumpy and funny. Thomas, for all his faults and mistakes, I do believe loved his family and pack and acted in both’s best interest.

Overall, Brothersong is a fantastic book and ending to the Green Creek series. I loved it a lot and highlighted so many great quotes and sections throughout the entire book. I’m sad to see things end and will miss this pack greatly. This series will always have a special place in my heart.


MORE BY TJ KLUNE

Green Creek
Wolfsong (#1)
Ravensong (#2)
Heartsong (#3)

Tales From Verania
The Lightning-Struck Heart (#1)
A Destiny of Dragons (#2)
The Consumption of Magic (#3)
A Wish Upon the Stars (#4)

The House in the Cerulean Sea

The Extraordinaries

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