what I’m reading: the unleashing (call of crows #1) by shelly laurenston.

the-unleashingKera Watson didn’t expect to die in the alley behind the coffee shop where she worked. She didn’t expect to wake up a member of the Crows, a group of assassins ruled by a Nordic goddess. And she certainly didn’t expect to learn the hot customer from the coffee shop, Vig, is actually a Viking.

The Unleashing is the first book in a series that takes place in modern day, where the gods and goddesses from mythology have their warriors that work for them.

Kera is a great character. She’s a soldier so she’s used to schedules and routines. One of the funnier scenes in the book was when she tried to implement training routines and schedules for the Crows. The Crows are a bit of a mishmash group, and the one thing they have in common is that they’ve all died and have been given a second chance. These women don’t always get along, but they know how to work as a team.

I enjoyed the different paranormal aspect in this story. I hadn’t read a book where the characters were Norse or Viking characters before. But I liked reading about this new world. It was filled with different Clans and lore and was different than any others I have read.

I would caution that there is a lot of information given out in the beginning of this book. There are also a lot of characters introduced and it was a little difficult to keep all of them straight. It didn’t help that the characters call each other sometimes by their first name and sometimes by their last name. This made it hard to remember who everyone was as there were twice as many names to remember. In addition, I had to remember all the different Clans and their relationships to one another.

This is the first book in a series. I think the series has a lot of potential as we learn more about all the different characters and Clans. Unfortunately the author threw a bunch of stuff at us in this first book, with all of the world building, so it does take a while to get into. But I think if you stick it out, you will be rewarded with a good read!


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