Written by: Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call Of Crows
Sequence in Series: 1
Paperback: 400 pages
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Contemporary Urban Fantasy
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Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.
In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.
But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.
The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston
It just has to be said, I'm a Shelly Laurenston fangirl. She brings quirky humor, highly imaginative twists and blood and gore action all while managing to weave it into a brilliant storytelling.
Kera Watson lies dying in an ally when Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom comes along. He's been obsessed with the human and has visited her place of employment daily, trying to work up the nerve to ask her out. Vig can't bear to see her die so he cries out to the goddess, requesting she become a Crow. His wish is granted...and so the adventure begins.
Kera has a hard time adjusting to life as a Crow and ends up turning to Vig to help her. Kera has an aversion to murder and slaughter and that's what the Crows are all about. Of course, this puts Vig and Kera in lots of contact were their chemistry can thrive. The big problem is the Crows are not considered worthy of Odin's warriors, which is exactly what Vig happens to be.
There is also a big bad trying to break into this realm of existence putting the Crows and all the pantheons in the line of fire.
You won't get a chance to come up for air, this story flies from the pages and right into your imagination.
Lots of characters, pantheons, goddess and gods to keep straight, but its so worth the investment. Laurenston has the most interesting and amazing way to twist the mythology of old into a contemporary urban fantasy.
Sassy, sizzling and steel blades, The Unleashing is a sure win for the paranormal romance, urban fantasy reader.
Can't wait for more on the Call of the Crows series.
I received this ARC copy of The Unleashing from Kensington Publishing Corp. in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication March 31, 2015.