I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Shelly Laurenston
Released: March 28, 2017
Series: Call of Crows #3
Published by Kensington
“If you like your romance heavy on adventure and humour this book is for you…”
~ Under the Covers
In the third book of the Call of Crows series we have the final battle with the unstoppable goddess trying to bring forth Ragnarok aka the end of the world. But, there may still be a chance for the clans to prevent it, and kill the unkillable. It all relies on Erin Amsel, which is almost as terrifying as Ragnarok itself. Erin is a troublemaker, there isn’t a single deity she’s met who she hasn’t pissed off in some way. Yet her fearlessness and cunning is exactly what they need, especially when paired up with the perpetually angry Stieg Engstrom. What could go wrong?
I am writing this review with a tonne of bias weighing me down, I have been reading Laurenston for years. I first picked her up when she released the Magnus Pack series, which was a breath of fresh air in the Paranormal Romance genre. However, that was decade ago (quite literally!) and her writing and characters have become less fresh with each regurgitation. When I read The Unyielding I felt like I could anticipate the jokes, the characters and the general storyline after the first chapter, and I was right. This is why I am bias, if this was another author I would have liked this book more as perhaps I wouldn’t have found it quite so boringly predicable. But for me it was the same jokes and same type of characters that I have been reading from Laurenston for years.
But, I still gave this a respectable 3.5 stars because as much as I found it a little predicable this is still Laurenston, and does know how to write an engaging book. This book is fairly light on romance, although it is an element, instead this concentrates on the story line and getting the sword from the magical realm to destroy the big bad goddess. Yes, it sounds trite but it’s actually quite exciting when you are reading it. Erin and Steig make the adventure a lot of fun; Steig’s stoic nature is a perfect foil for Erin’s wildness, both in their romance and how it ties in with the quest.
If you like your romance heavy on adventure and humour this book is for you, despite my earlier whinging Laurenston is a quality author who produces some great books. If you haven’t read Laurenston before, I recommend you try the Magnus Pack series I mentioned earlier first. It doesn’t really tie in with this series, but it’s just a great paranormal romance!
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?