Review: The Undoing

cover-the undoingTitle: The Undoing
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call of Crows #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Available: March 29th


A risk worth taking…
No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life—considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.
But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind—ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.
Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!

Source: ARC from Kensington Books via NetGalley

This book is gloriously entertaining. It’s ridiculously violent, frequently hilarious, full of crazy characters and packed with more Norse mythology than you can shake a world-eating snake at. It’s a fast, wild ride full of filthy language, wild shenanigans, end-of-the-world threats, gods, so many books and even a bit of hot sex. Oh, not to mention the false prophet and the demonic dog. Really, what’s not to love about that?

Most of all, though, I loved Jace. She’s an introvert who prefers quiet and her own company, is pretty oblivious to the world, adores her puppy Lev, has a deep abiding love for melancholic literature and a real talent for languages – and is also prone to deep beserker rages that unnerve even the other Crows. Her back story is pretty intense, but I loved how little Jace let it impact her second life. She’s a singular kind of person, but that didn’t stop her being amazing, and I loved how slow she was to realise how interested Ski was in her.

Ah, Ski, the Protectors’ protector. His whole life might have been dedicated to the preservation of knowledge and pursuit of justice, but the poor guy has so many other responsibilities on top. The rest of the Protectors are so innocent-seeming and oblivious to the realities of the world that it frequently falls to him to look after them all. Luckily he’s got broad shoulders and I loved how he steadily drew Jace into his world – and slowly grew to understand her too. They’re a perfect team. He also has an amazing cat. The scene where the cat shows Bear how little she likes being woken up – perfect.

But this book isn’t just about Jace and Ski, or their cute little romance. Nope, this is a tale of Crows and Protectors (and a few Ravens), sacrifices and stolen artifacts, ex-husbands and danger, Ragnarok, gods and gold and all kinds of messed up madness that blend into a glorious whole. There is never a dull moment and there are so many characters that I felt like I should be taking notes. If you haven’t read the first book, I’d really not recommend starting here. There is so much going on that you really need Kira’s introduction to the Crows to help you cope. Even having read the first book I still struggled at times to remember who was who and what connected to where. For the most part I didn’t even try and only kept track of a few important characters – Jace, Erin and Kira for the Crows, Ski and Bear for the Protectors and Vig for the Ravens – which worked well enough for me.

So if you’re looking for a wild, fun time with some violent Vikings, come give this series a try. It has romance and love, true, but mostly it has friends that will drive you up the wall, family that you might prefer to hide from, gods that couldn’t care less, monsters that want to destroy the world and so much amazingly entertaining stuff that you might never want to put it down. I didn’t, and with an ending like that, I am so looking forward to the next one!

The Undoing is out March 29th!
Visit Shelly Laurenston for more details.


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