Review: The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston

Title: The Unleashing
Series: Call of Crows #1
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Paranormal, romance
Release Date: March 31st, 2015



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” Rundstöm 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.


“Let rage be your guide”

My first thought when I heard about this book was: “YES! She’s continuing with the Gathering series. I was wrong. It’s a brand new one with new characters and new adventures. Which works for me too, I love everything by Miss Laurenston.

Kera Watson, a former marine, works at a coffee shop while she awaits her opportunity to go back to active duty. Unfortunately she never gets that chance….she dies.

If it weren’t for her favorite customer, she would have been a goner. Vig Rundstöm, whose not really human, prays to his Norse Gods, Skuld in particular, to safe Kera’s soul. Upon the prayer Skuld appears and gives Kera two choices, to really die or come back to life as a Crow.

Her choice speaks for itself, she has one little condition though. Her pitbull, Brodie Hawaii, gets to come with her. The next time she awakes, a new life awaits together with a few challenges.

I love this book so much, it’s been a while since it has been released but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reread it since. I just reread it again because the second book will release tomorrow!

Kera and Vig are the main characters in this one, while there is a main storyline throughout the series, each book will put another couple in the spotlight.

Throughout the book you’re reading how Kera is adjusting to her life as a Crow. Much is different now and where she breathes order and discipline, her fellow warriors abhor it. Can you imagine the turmoil?

While the adjusting takes place you’re also being introduced to an afterlife world that is divided in clans. Each clan represents a Norse God and has their own strengths and…quirks. They all seem to have issues with one another, but especially with the Crows. They’re pretty much the black sheep of the bunch.

Kera thankfully doesn’t stand alone. She has her handsome savior helping her. Who is more than happy to help. It means he gets to spend time with her, and the more time he spends with her the more she will be “thralled” by him….it’s viking logic, really.

Vig is known to be a ruthless viking, seeing him with and around Kera has me thinking otherwise. Just read the following bit, he’s just too adorable.

“She hugged me when she saw me and said ‘thank you’.”
“Hugging! She patted his T-shirt-covered back.”
“That’s good!”
“A hug that said ‘thank you for saving my life’. Not a hug of ‘I want your winged babies’”
“Awww, sweetie.”

Did that make you laugh? Good, because the book is full of moments like this that will make you laugh out loud. Keep that in mind when you’re going to be reading it in public.

Reading about these characters almost makes me want to be a crow. All tough around the edges and mean as hell on the inside. Being known for your rage, okay that’s not so good. But the loyalty to no one but each other? Big thumbs up. Plus the crows are like 200% crazy. I’d fit in perfectly.

This is without doubt a five star read for me. My five stars mean, I loved it, I will reread it over and over again and…the author is now stuck with me forever. I’ll now be waiting impatiently for every book she will write 😉




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