I am such a Shelly Laurenston fangirl. The craziness. The laugh out loud dialogue. The insane characters who put themselves in outrageous situations. I mean really, what’s not to love? The Pride series will forever and always be my go to books when I’m looking for a zany, hilarious time out from the real world. Call of Crows is Ms. Laurenston’s newest series and had me hooked after only the first release.
If you are new to this series I would recommend getting caught up by reading the first two books before you dive into The Unyielding. There is a continuing story arc that only gets more complex with each book. Also, there is background on the different clans and which Norse god they are loyal to. Erin Amsel is a Crow, and she absolutely adores being apart of such a badass group of warrior women. She’s also a bit of a dick and drives everyone around her crazy. Including Stieg Engstrom.
Stieg is a Raven, and while their clans may have had their issues in the past, lately they’ve been on friendlier terms. Stieg can’t stand Erin and the pandemonium she usually leaves in her wake. But with an evil goddess still bent on world destruction and Erin the only one who can stop her, he gets stuck playing the role of babysitter. They can’t stand each other. Or is that teasing and exasperation just a prelude to something else?
With each new release this series just gets better and better. Without giving any spoilers away, which is going to be hard, and also means this might be a short review, I can tell you that Ms. Laurentson has done her homework when it comes to Norse mythology. With each new release the world building just gets more complicated, but also more interesting and fun. Stieg and Erin go on a type of quest to acquire an object that will aid their clans in vanquishing their shared enemy, and the time they spent traveling through several of the nine worlds was probably my favorite parts to read. Erin and Stieg’s romance builds prior to the quest at a steady pace, but it’s not until they are stuck battling elves and dwarves and dragons that readers will truly see them as a couple. They are opposites, but work well together and as their relationship develops I really could see them battling side by side and driving each other crazy well into the future.
The Unyielding hit all my PNR buttons. Outrageously funny, action packed with just the right amount of romance to make my heart smile. Final Grade- B+
And that was it. That’s how Erin Amsel grabbed his heart. His angry, vicious, doomed heart. The heart he thought he’d encased in concrete. Never to be hurt again by anyone! That was the plan.