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'..Show More »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
This was a really good story. I liked Jace and Ski and enjoyed their story very much.
Jace is a Crow, one of a group of ..Show More »women that were brought back after death by the goddess, Skuld, in order to become one of her warriors. Jace was an unwilling part of a cult, having been married to the cult's leader when she was just 16. When Jace's husband killed Jace, she came back as a Crow and also a berserker which sometimes causes her to go into a killing frenzy in battle and she sometimes has trouble controlling it.
Ski is a member of the Protectors, a group of men that server the God Tyr. The protectors are all of Norse descent and are taken from their families at a young age to be trained to server Tyr. The protectors are focused on knowledge and their library is their most prized possession.
Jace is an introvert and hates crowds and small talk. Unfortunately, while most of the Crows realize she likes to be by herself, some think she's just shy and needs help by being pushed out of her comfort zone. Jace is very unthrilled when Chloe (the leader of the Crows) tells her she needs to get a job so she can get out of the house and socialize more. Ski and the other protectors had actually been trying to hire Jace already because she is a language wiz (speaking many languages fluently) and they have some books they need translated. The books have content that they don't want just anyone to see and since Jace is a member of another Norse clan they feel she's trustworthy. Jace had been turning them down because she's an introvert and didn't want a job that would necessitate her having to talk to people but when Chloe insists she get a job, Jace figured working with books would be easier on her than anything else she could do.
Once Jace and Ski start seeing each other more, the attraction between them becomes apparent. Jace is worried about dating though (how is she supposed to chat during a date when she's an introvert) and turns Ski down when he asks her out. Thankfully, Ski realizes that it's not that she doesn't like him, it's her introvertedness that makes her keep her distance and with this in mind, Ski works on Jace's resistance. While Jace and Ski are figuring out their relationship, there's a lot going on for the clans to deal with...namely one evil goddess that got loose from where she was imprisoned and wants to bring about the end of the world. There's a good bit of drama and danger due to that and some other issues that show up as well. Thankfully, Jace and Ski get through things well and end the story starting a HEA together.
I really enjoyed this story a lot. Jace was a good heroine and I liked her. At first Jace seemed shy and maybe a bit weak but as you get to know her, you realize she's really got a lot of strength and is someone you want good things for. Ski was a good hero...I liked him and was rooting for him to win Jace. I was very glad he wasn't easily deterred by Jace's original rejections (both for the job and the date). I had no major complaints about the story and overall, I liked it and would recommend it. :D
This was a very good story and addition to the series. Surprisingly, I liked Erin a lot more in this story than I did in previous boo..Show More »ks. Stieg was a likable character as well and I liked their story and seeing how things turned out (both for them and for the overall series storyline).
Erin is a Crow...Crows are human women that (at the point of death) are offered a choice by Skuld (a Norse goddess) to have a second life as one of her warriors. Erin was killed by mobsters when she saw too much and that's how she became a Crow. Her parents are still alive but she's had to distance herself from them now that she's not really human anymore.
Stieg is a Raven, one of a group of warriors in service to Odin. When he was growing up, Stieg's home life wasn't the best. When his mother died from cancer, Stieg couldn't deal with his abusive father so he ended up out on the streets. After some time on the streets, Odin offered Stieg the chance to become a Raven.
Erin and Stieg have never gotten along...but then Erin doesn't really get along with much of anyone due to her extreme attitude/sarcasm. Stieg had actually been interested in Erin when she first turned into a Crow but her offensive attitude scared Stieg and pretty much all the other males away from her. Erin and Stieg end up being thrown together when someone from Erin's past comes after her and Stieg comes to her assistance. The time they spend together isn't easy at first but the more time they spend together, the more their mutual attraction shows and grows. Erin's abrasive attitude is a constant but it does calm towards Stieg, the longer he's around.
Due to some problems in the previous books, the nine Viking clans are scrambling to find a way to stop the upcoming Ragnarok (aka end of the world). Many are trying to figure out a way to head it off and the solution they find isn't widely liked. Erin gained the ability to control fire when she was turned into a Crow and that made her the key to getting something that would enable the clans to stop the coming catastrophic. Erin is willing to take on the quest given to her but it's not an easy task and many are betting she wont make it back alive. Stieg wants to help Erin with her quest and (although it wasn't exactly planned) he does get that opportunity. Things aren't easy for Erin and Stieg but they do get through their quest and end the story starting on a HEA together.
This was a very enjoyable story. Erin was a witch (w=b) in the previous books so I wasn't sure how I'd like her as the heroine in this book. Thankfully, I did end up liking her as the heroine despite her attitude (and maybe sometimes because of it). I liked Stieg as the hero...he seemed a bit grumpy at first but outside of that, I didn't see any problems with him (and I loved the whole situation with Hilda). The story was fun and interesting and kept me engaged throughout so I'd recommend it. :)