REVIEW: THE UNLEASHING (Call of the Crows, Book 1) by Shelly Laurenston

THE UNLEASHING (Call of the Crows, Book 1)

by Shelly Laurenston

Publication Date: March 31, 2015


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Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty…and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.



Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna

4.5 Stars

I was looking forward to this re-worked version of the Crows and truly enjoyed it.  While it added a bit more depth to the backstory it also lacked a little of the lighthearted fun from The Gathering.  I’ll warn you that the beginning was a bit chaotic and it took me a little bit to settle into the story.  That being said, I had fun reading it.  The snarky biting humor of the Crows emphasizes the crazy situations they find themselves in.  As with all her books, there is a burning hot romance to balance out the ongoing battles.  Kera of course had trouble adapting to her new reality but Mr. Perfect Vig was there for her in every way possible.  I hope I don’t have to wait very long for the next book in this series!


*Review copy provided by Kensington in exchange for an honest review.





Dear Reader—

Well, this is it. The first book in my new series, Call of the Crows, and right off the bat, I want you to understand this is not a rewrite of an old book nor is it a fleshing out of an old book. The Unleashing is a brand-new book and series, with brand-new characters, brand-new locale, and brand-new trouble. Although my book Hunting Season, which has been out since 2005, was the start of this idea (introducing the two main Viking Clans at the heart of this series, the Crows and the Ravens), The Unleashing is me taking the whole thing to the next level, and it’s a definite stand-alone.

The other thing I wanted to point out was that I have taken some liberties with these gods and their histories. As I did my research, I found multiple interpretations of individual gods and their backstories, so I really had no choice. I would pick the one I liked best and then put my own twist on it. But I think you guys will be up for the ride as you always seem to be—and I thank you for that.
So sit back, pull out your horn of ale, and get ready to experience my subtle, delicate heroines …The Crows.


—Shelly Laurenston


Shelly Laurenston is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Originally from Long Island, New York, she now lives in Southern California. Laurenston is also the New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. Readers can visit her website at


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