Series: Call of Crows #1
Published by Kensington Source: Purchased
Genres: Alpha Guy, Animals, Fantasy, Humorous, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, 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.
I have to say a big thank you to Shelly Laurenston for writing this book, I have been wanting to read a good urban fantasy for a while now. Urban fantasy is really what got me back into reading and to launching review site, but I have been so romance focused lately I feel like I have been missing out. But when I try out new authors in the UF field I feel like they have been missing the mark. I picked The Unleashing for a couple of reasons, first I looked it up on a couple of review websites that I trust and they seemed to enjoy it, and secondly because I don’t think I have read a good Norse mythology book that I’ve totally fallen for before. I am so glad I picked this book. I loved it from beginning to end, and more than that it reminded me why I loved the genre in the first place. I really can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
So to begin the book starts off really strong in my opinion. Ker has just died and woken up in a house she doesn’t know and the action just starts right off the bat. Normally I don’t like action to start right away because I feel like I am missing out on something, but in this case the confusion of what was going on was shared by both the reader and the character. And at the beginning of it all was this seriously awesome dog, Brodie, I loved that dog so much! I will admit that there is a lot of information in the beginning of the book, like a lot, and it takes a little while for you to get on your feet in this new world, but it helps that Kera is just as clueless as you are, and there are so many hilarious moments when you are getting all this information that it really never feels like an info-dump, its just really enjoyable.
So I loved Kera. I loved how she handled meeting everyone for the first time and becoming a Crow. I loved the clipboards, even if her new sisters weren’t such a huge fan of it, it made for some seriously funny confrontations. I love how much she loves her dog, because let’s face it I love my dogs the same way she loved Brodie, I can’t imagine a second life without any of them. She’s strong, and she wants to learn. And one of the things I loved the most about her is that she isn’t willing to really follow anyone blindly, she always has to know the why, she wants to know why they are killing (the Crow Clan is basically a bunch of mercenaries for the Gods).
I totally loved Vig too. I loved that he was so nervous about going up to Kera and asking her out that he missed his chance before she died. I love how he pled for her to live, and how he is so patient with Kera learning everything and wanting to be there for her and teach her what she wants to know. They are really just so great together, they compliment each other so much. They have fantastic chemistry together. I love they way both of them interact with their clans, and how the two clans interact together. They really are just one big dysfunctional family, but a great one.
Without a doubt I completely loved this book. It was a fantastic urban fantasy. I loved the world building. I loved the humor. I loved the suspense and the plot, the whole thing was just exactly what I was looking for. Highly recommend this book, and I seriously can’t wait to read the next book in the series.