The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1)
Published: March 31, 2015 (Kensington)
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Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by: Krista
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
The first thing I have to say about Shelly Laurenston’s writing, whether under her name or her pen name of G.A. Aiken, is that it’s fun. No matter what mood I am when I sit down with her books, I am instantly in a better one after a few short pages. With The Unleashing, Laurenston sets up a world and series the size and expanse of her already existing Pride series. It’s a tall order for one book, but she does it with such ease that one only sees the foundation laid in hindsight.
The book begins with the death of our heroine. Kera Watson was a buttoned-down Marine who was somewhat successfully adjusting to civilian life—only then to be killed behind the coffee shop where she worked. She is then offered a second chance at life by a Norse Goddess. Unfortunately such offers always come with a catch and this one is a doozy. As a Crow, a female warrior dedicated to Goddess Skuld, she quickly discovers that she is no longer a soldier, a peace keeper, or any other role she was familiar with. A Daughter of Skuld is a god-sanctioned killer.
Where all that may seem a little dark, Laurenston’s writing is filled with so much wit and humor that it will have you chuckling every few pages. For example, there is case of mistaken identity between Kera and our love struck hero Vig Rundstrom. She believes he is an ex-soldier suffering from a severe case of PTSD, instead he is a tongue tied Swedish Viking.
At the beginning of the book I was irritated with the majority of all Kera’s new “sisters” because Kera is. She doesn’t understand them, so neither did I, but I grew to like them. I extremely enjoyed that all the heroines were not silly teenagers or naïve twenty year olds. Instead these are women who have lived and are getting a second chance at life.
I highly recommend The Unleashing. There’s a little something for everyone in this one. Just go into it knowing it isn’t a follow up to Laurenston’s Hunting Season. So do yourself a favor and pick this book up.
Sexual content: Sex