Review: The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3), by Shelly Laurenston

April 17, 2017 Review 0

Review: The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3), by Shelly LaurenstonThe Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call of Crows #3
Published by Kensington on March 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
4 Stars

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….

THE UNYIELDING is a fun romp through both the Norse underworld and the modern world, with a good dose of mischief and sexy romance. The characters are fun, the monsters are properly horrific and the stakes are high enough to matter. Although Ragnarok is no laughing matter, THE UNYIELDING makes it fun.

Erin takes nothing seriously, made enemies in nearly all the Clans, and has pissed off most of the Norse pantheon (and a few extra gods just for fun). She’d rather solve problems with fists (and her fire powers) than with talking. Steig, on the other hand, is good with numbers and property management.  Although he’ll gladly punch someone, he likes to think about it first. Together they are explosive and fun. I enjoyed that the other characters in the book kept trying to protect Steig from Erin, because he was “such a nice boy, for a Viking.”

My favourite part of the novel was when Erin and Stieg are forced to travel to the underworlds (there are a few different lands they need to travel through) in order to get a magical sword. Oftentimes these other worlds are dream-like or undefined, but whether they were in the land of giants, of the elves or of the dwarves, these worlds were incredibly well described and iconic. For every two days in the underworld, one passed on Earth, and as the final battle gets closer and closer, Erin’s time to get the sword starts running out. It was a fun race with giant puppies, gladiator battles and shores filled with still-screaming sinners.

I recommend reading the first books before this one, as there are quite a few characters to keep track of, but having characters sorted by which god they serve really helped. THE UNYIELDING is a fun, sexy book with kickass action and even a goat. I really hope there are other books planned, as the world is large enough to accommodate more stories.

Series Titles:
  1. The Unleashing
  2. The Undoing
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