5 Bats! Review: The Undoing (Call of Crows #2), by Shelly Laurenston

March 29, 2016 Review 3

5 Bats! Review: The Undoing (Call of Crows #2), by Shelly LaurenstonThe Undoing by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call of Crows #2
Published by Kensington on March 29th 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Paranormal, Romance, Romantic
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
5 Stars

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!

Shelley Laurenston (who also writes the Dragon Kin series as AG Aiken) has a particular way with heroines who are not your typical kick-ass urban fantasy heroines - and I love it!

Jace is a super interesting, layered character and although her quiet behaviour confuses her sister-Crows, most of us can understand the need to get away from unnecessary chit chat and noise. Jace has a particularly dark "first life", her life before she was chosen by Skuld to become a Crow at the moment of death. Still, she isn't overly negative and manages to care for her new family, the rowdy, loud, violent women of the Crows.

She meets Danski "Ski" from the Protectors, an owl-like group of book keeper/warriors, when they need her Russian language translating skills. Once they find out how many different languages she speaks, the entire Protectors team takes her own as one of their own (she isn't quite as loud as the other Crows either, which helps). Ski is used to watching over a household full of ultra strong, absent-minded, ultra-devoted librarians (who can turn their heads nearly 360 degrees around!) gets where Jace is coming from. Their partnership grows while she translates mystical Russian texts, and after figuring out a few things, they really click and it's adorable - and super hot.

The mythology is a bit overwhelming but it all sorted itself out by the end and I felt I had a good handle on it by the time the book finished. Each of the gods has their own strike teams, from the bookish Tyr and his protectors, to the absolutely stupid Thor and his violent, idiotic Killers, who are picked for their brawn and not their brains. It makes for a merry mix of characters and archetypes that was super interesting.

I almost always feel a bit sad when I finish a book by Aiken/Laurenston - I never want the books to end. A world where kickass women save the world and avoid Ragnarok, all while hooking up with sexy book geeks? Love it! Although there isn't another book listed on the horizon yet, there was definitely some unresolved over-arching plot lines, so I am super looking forward to the next one.

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1. The Unleashing

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3 Responses to “5 Bats! Review: The Undoing (Call of Crows #2), by Shelly Laurenston”

  1. Amber

    I’ve never heard of this author or series, but after reading your review, I need to give the first book a try! I’ve been looking for more adult PNR to read. Thanks!

  2. Rainmaiden

    Hi Kim did you read the first book in this series? I didn’t know if I could just jump into this series. Great review 🙂

    • Kim

      I hadn’t read the first one, no. I just jumped in and there was just enough about the couple from the previous book to help you catch up. No problem there! Just kick-ass action.