Series: Call of the Crow #3
Published by Kensington on 2017-03-28
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Stieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand…
Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.
With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one…
FTC: I bought this book. You CANNOT read this without reading the first two.
If you like over the top comedy fantasy with snarky (slightly ridiculous) characters and smoking hot sex scenes, try this series. If you read beyond this point, there are spoilers for the other two books in the series.
I love Shelly Laurenstein in all her guises. This three parts series was amazing and I adored this world she created. It’s full of game playing God’s, snarky immortals and a whole host of creatures that make this world.
Erin is the most violent of all the Crows, a near immortal clan of women all chosen due to the violent nature of their death. No one is more surprised than her when it becomes clear that she is the only one that can get rid of the evil Goddess once and for all. The quest through the 9 worlds to get the sword that she needs will probably kill her but she can’t not try, no matter how much everyone else cries.
Steig has no idea why he feels the need to help Erin. Sure, she is the only one who can prevent Ragnorack but she’s violent, impulsive and completely annoying. At first he decides she is up to no good but, once he finds out about the end of the world, he realises that she may need some help. Together, they traverse the 9 worlds on a mission that may be fruitless and kill everyone anyway.
Erin is possibly the best female of the series IMHO. She is an absolute bitch and she makes no apologies for it; it fact she relishes it. It was so much fun to read her witty one liners and straight up nastiness to everyone in the book. She makes a habit of baiting people but she knows that she has to reel in her natural instincts for the greater good if everyone is going to survive. She showed her true character over the course of her book, proving that a true hero doesn’t need to be all sweetness and light, and I wanted her to get her HEA and her victory. She made me laugh out loud from start to finish.
Steig pissed me off in every other book but, as per usual, I adored him in his own HEA. He is just so blunt and literal that I wanted to hug him and slap him at the same time. I honestly didn’t know how he was going to cope with Erin because she brought nothing but chaos to his world. In fact I wondered if there would have to be a complete 180 in terms of his character for to this romance to work out. It was so much fun to read them both battle towards their HEA.
The rest of the clans appear in the book (including Brodie Hawaii the dog) and I adored all of their bit-parts (can Bettie get a book?? Please?). It was a fantastic wrap up and once again the main draw was the humour underpinning the romance. I’d read this over and over again…. I do hope there are more.
Get a sample of this book and see if the humour is your thing. If it is, I PROMISE you will love the book.
I loved this book and the audio version was great as well.
That cover is same photo is used for a monthly feature in another author’s newsletter. Hmmm.
You know, that does not surprise me. I find I’m finding more and more stock photo’s being reused for covers … I have gotten confused more than once!!
I had a great time with The Unyielding. Laurenston continues with her delightful PNR series. (PS: Your site seems to be working okay for me.)