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The Unleashing: Call of Crows, Book 1

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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 have seen 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 LA, 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.

©2015 Shelly Laurenston (P)2015 Tantor

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-06-15
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-06-15 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Pretty good start to the series :D"

    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked Kera and Vig very much and the story was pretty good. The writing reminds me of Laurenston's Pride series so if you like that you'll probably like this.

    Kera is an ex-Marine that started managing a coffee shop once she left the service. She didn't know what to do with her life but she did end up adopting a stray (and abused) dog, Brody, who she loves. When Kera tried to help someone she ended up getting killed and offered a choice by Skuld (a goddess) to have a second life as one of her warriors. Kera agrees on the condition that she can keep Brody.

    Vig is a Raven, one of a group of warriors in service to Odin. He's also a very skilled weaponsmith. Vig happened into Kera's coffee shop one day and fell in love with her. He started going back every morning (even though it's way out of his way) to get coffee and bear claws from Kera's shop so he can see her. Vig happens to be near when Kera's attacked and gets there as she's dying. He called on Skuld, hoping that she'd see Kera as worthy.

    Obviously, Skuld did see Kera and worthy and made her a Crow. The Crows are warrior women in service to Skuld. They have retractable wings and claws, accelerated healing and some extra gifts (depending on the person). Kera kind of gets thrown in the deep end as soon as she wakes up into her new life. TBH, the other Crows aren't exactly helpful and some even hinder Kera's acclimation to her new life. This is pretty bad when it's Kera's "mentor" who won't explain anything and acts like Kera was put there to make her life miserable. On the whole, the Crows didn't make me real happy mostly for their treatment of Kera. Thankfully, Vig is able to smooth Kera's transition somewhat.

    Vig is a very sought after weapons maker and the Crows all get their weapons from him. When Kera is taken to get her weapons she's happy to see Vig because she remembers that he was the one that brought Skuld to save her. Since Vig never got up the nerve to ask her out (or even really talk to her past placing his order) Kera kind of had the wrong impression of him (much to Vig's chagrin). It's okay though because once she gets to know more about Vig, Kera is interested in getting to know him better. He helps her settle into her new life and is such a sweety. I mean Vig is a big, bad viking that scares the hell out of most people but he's this big teddy bear with Kera and he just really, really wants her to like him in return. Kera isn't blind to this and things progress well between them. I think Kera and Vig (both separate and together) were my favorite parts of the story. The plot was pretty good but there were a couple points that didn't work for me. While the action plot isn't concluded at the end of the story, the relationship between Kera and Vig ends with them together and moving towards a HEA together.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I really liked Kera and Vig (and Brody..loved her transformation). While the secondary characters grew on me, at first they were...well abrasive. This isn't necessarily an unusual trait in Laurenston's writing but in this story it sometimes felt a bit OTT. It did settle down though and people started working together later but it a bit jarring (and annoying). Overall, the story was pretty good...it was a close call but I believe it deserves the 4 stars. I do plan to continue with the series when the next book comes out. :D

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    julie 04-02-15
    julie 04-02-15
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    "Wicked - when's the next one???"

    Great story involving previously murdered women brought back as a Nordic hit squad. When a former Marine used to discipline winds up with a group of totally undisciplined females, she finds it more than unnerving. Then there's the killing for reasons she can't fathom - it's all too much! To top it off she finds out her dog now has wings and a metal muzzle. There is also a trip to Valhalla, a quiet Viking, finding Freya's lost necklace whilst trying to stop an ancient evil from causing havoc.


    Yet another great story from Shelley Laurenston and an awesome narrator who throws in the right amount of sarcasm and whining when required. Can't wait for book 2.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 05-17-15
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 05-17-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Surprised and delighted on this one"
    What did you love best about The Unleashing?

    It was a combination of weird Norse myths, and sick humor. It switched back and forth and kept you on the edge not knowing what will happen next. If nothing else it was very different than many paranormal stories and had me enjoying to the very end


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different characters and how they interact, and learn to interact with each other.....it's not easy but it is amusing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Kera's dog get's revenge on her abusers.......


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it kept moving with lots of action.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been trying to lay off series but since this first book was so enjoyable for me, if the next book doesn't take forever to come out and if the same narrator Johanna Parker does it I think I will most likely get it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor 05-05-15
    Taylor 05-05-15
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    "Pretty great"

    It's hilarious. It's so clearly written for a teen audience, but that's what makes it great. It's not overly serious. It has a semi predictable story line (then again, I'm really good at guessing story lines) but that's also like a part of what makes it so good. It's a typical teen romance fantasy novel and if you're into that (like me) then this is great for you.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Terry Lunney Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-04-15
    Ms. Terry Lunney Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "I love Shelly Laurenston!"
    What did you love best about The Unleashing?

    This is a new series from one of my favourite authors. I have read/listened to EVERYTHING she has written( both as Laurenston and Aiken)- many times over and this story will be no different. I love the Viking mythology that is incorporated into the story. The Crows and the Ravens are awesomely contentious and the different personalities make a ton of friction and interest. I'm trying hard not to do a spoiler. :)


    What other book might you compare The Unleashing to and why?

    Well, the women in this story are strong, mouthy and battle ready. Like our beloved dragons in G A Aiken and the shifters in Laurenston's Pride/Smith stories. Hmm... other authors....Lorelei James writes strong cowgirls but no shifters, Jeanine Frost writes strong women but with Vampires. There are others, but no one does it like Shelly Laurenston.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Kera took the hammer from the old Raven in Asgard, and after he watched her systematically kill a Frost Giant with it- he told Vig 'good luck with that'. ;)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! But I had to go to work! So it took about three sittings. But I'm doing it again this weekend. I can tell that this will be a book I will listen to at least twice more this year.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-14-15
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    Loved it!!! Can't wait for the next book! Sucks you right into the story! Makes you laugh out loud too! Great characters!

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    Aryn 04-11-15
    Aryn 04-11-15
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    "Too Violent for this Reader"

    While I generally enjoy Shelly Laurenston books -- she is more than capable with characterization and using her words and grammar and creating scenes you can 'see' -- this series is just too violent for me. The characters are sociopathic in their ability to switch from ripping someone to pieces with as much pain as possible and then chatting about their daily lives and how much they like dogs. I'm not making judgments, other than for myself. And yes, a couple of the characters have their humanity intact.

    Other than this tendency for many of the characters to disregard others' suffering (see the above comment about scenes the reader can 'see'), I think this series is better-written than some of her others. She does a terrific job of keeping her characters true to themselves as established, rather than having them act randomly to drive the story. (I really need this in a book.)

    The narrator is, as always, splendid. The male characters sound like men -- maybe not with depth of voice but with tone and, for lack of a better word, attitude. That is in part the author's doing, but to me, some narrators can make men just seem manly... sorry, cannot explain it better.

    So, your mileage may vary. I am in favor of all kinds of books, even those I do not choose to read. Unless this type of thing may be trigger for you, you might want to give it a try.

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    ReadingFool Michigan USA 05-04-16
    ReadingFool Michigan USA 05-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great beginning!"
    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure I was going to like this series after reading her other books, but am so glad I bought them. The narrator is perfect, story line is compelling and the characters just sucked you into their world. The addition of 'Brody Hawaii' was a perfect touch. Can't wait for more in the series.

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    peggy Richland Springs, TX, United States 04-14-16
    peggy Richland Springs, TX, United States 04-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "great story along with characters."

    loved it can't want to continue with destroying the evil god. the narrator interpretation was excellent and voice changes for each character.

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    donna WEST MILFORD, NJ, United States 03-19-16
    donna WEST MILFORD, NJ, United States 03-19-16 Member Since 2008
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    "where is the next one?"

    please!!!!!!! I thoroughly loved this book. Where oh where have the crows gone? currently re-listening hoping for #2 soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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