Book Review – The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston

WORLD BUILDING at its finest!!!

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…. 

ebook, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Kensington

Shelly Laurenston is known for her witty dialogues, diverse characters, and hilarious and funny situations. I’ve loved her Pride series and Dragon Kin series under her pseudonym G.A. Aiken.

When she announced that she was done with her Pride series I was crushed!!!

But I shouldn’t have worried.

Call of Crows was born.

This series is COMPLEX!!!

So many characters from different mythologies are all wrapped up in one book.

Norse mythology has many different gods. Add their followers and the end result is complex and layered. Some of those followers had special powers, other were shifters. Norse Gods loved to cause trouble as entertainment. Groups of supporters like the Crows and the Ravens served different gods but were friendly enough not to kill each other on sight.

The series had a continuous arc, so jumping in by picking up this book might not be a good idea. Grab book 1 instead and enjoy the ride from the beginning!!!

At the beginning of the book Erin and Stieg had nothing in common. Erin was a Crow and Stieg a viking, part of the Raven clan. When it all started out, hundreds of years ago, their groups killed each other, maybe not that long ago, because they were all still very much interested in killing people. But at that time long ago everyone pretty much killed everyone else. And since many of the Norse Gods followers were immortal in this realm, they came back to do it again – YAY!!!

That’s what Erin found out first hand, she was killed with a bullet to the head. Since that didn’t kill her, the guy who did the shooting in the first place was now after her to finish the job.

Unbeknownst to her she was the only one that could safe the world.

But Erin, was known for being in the middle of chaos, not only that – she often instigated chaos. To keep her alive poor Stieg had to play babysitter – which of course didn’t go down smoothly.

Even so Erin was a thorn in Stieg’s life, he decided that with all the chaos she attracted it might be better if he kept an eye one her. Erin a snarky and witty spitfire of a women turned Stieg’s orderly life upside down.

It was very funny to see those two interact.

Erin and Stieg were quite the opposites, but the saying ‘opposites attract’ pretty much was coined for this couple. Chaos loving Erin and the more shy and quite Stieg were drawn to each other if they liked it or not.

All the other characters from book 1 and 2 were present as well. The story unfolded in quick succession, with interludes from gods, and other leaders that kept my head spinning.

Erin and Stieg didn’t seem to have chemistry at all at the beginning, instead it slowly and steady grew throughout the book. Somehow those two made it work.

The Unyielding was highly entertaining, with a complex cast and intriguing plot.

I would say it was a great addition to an already great series.

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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