Title: The Unyielding
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call of Crows #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Available: 28th March
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…
Source: ARC from Kensington Books via NetGalley
Ah, Erin. What can I say about Erin? At times she’s hilarious, sometimes she’s annoying, she’s always fiery, often infuriating and constantly crazy, leaving me often unsure just how I feel about her. But the one thing I can say with complete certainty is that she is never boring.
Much like this series. The Crows are utterly unhinged, the action is always violent, the gods are unhelpful, the danger is world ending, but it’s often hilarious and foul-mouthed, the characters are incredible and it is never, ever boring.
Poor Stieg, he’s grumpy and growly and just wants to be left alone (with his goat), yet somehow he ends up entangled with Erin. And the most surprising thing of all is what a brilliant team they make. Yet again, and evil goddess is about to unleash Ragnarok on the world, but this time there could be a way to stop her for good. The only problem is Erin is the only one who can do it. Which, when you take in the sheer number of people who hate her guts, could be a problem. Yet Stieg takes it upon himself to protect her – and let chaos commence.
So much happens in this book – assassination attempts, evil goddesses, irritating gods, crazy crows, Clan clashes, war, Horsemen, angels, warrior nuns, a goat, a quest through the Nine Worlds, shifters, elves, dwarves, a pesky gossiping squirrel and a corpse-eating dragon – that it’s mostly best to hold onto something a give into the ride. Erin is restless soul who cannot stay still, and this book definitely reflects that aspect of her personality to the fullest. There were times when I wondered how one book could possibly pack it all in, yet it managed, and frequently had me grinning as I devoured every word.
True, there were times when Erin bordered on just too annoying and I think Stieg should have been given a medal for not killing her along the way, but the sheer imagination in this book, the number of characters and the crazy fun interactions more than made up for it.
This book – and series – won’t be for everyone, but if you’re already familiar with the Crows then I’m pretty sure you’ll love this. (If you’re not familiar, don’t start here! Do yourself a favour and go back to The Unleashing. You’ll miss out on too much if you don’t.) There were times when everything teetered on the edge of too much, but it mostly managed to stay on the right side of awesome. And with that ending, I cannot wait to see where this heap of crazy heads next. I just might need to have a lie down first…
The Unyielding is out March 28th.
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