So it Begins! 1/100 The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston

This was a fantastic book, even if some of the characters are designed to be despised.  At least that is what I hope Erin’s purpose is since I hate her.  Like most of Laurenston’s books this is not for the weak of heart, or those that take things too personally.  If you hate the word ‘bitch’ then don’t read any of these.  It is used with the greatest of affection and meant as a term to refer to a strong woman, but it can be easily misinterpreted.  If you get over that little quirk, this is a fascinating world that Laurenston created based on Norse mythologies that are not completely focused on Thor and Loki or Odin and Frigga, but on other Norse Deities.  Thor and Odin are both mentioned as they both have their warriors but they are not the central focus.  Really, the dieties are just the vehicle on which the plot is based.  If you have read any of the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon then some of the plot elements are familiar.  I do enjoy the world’s that Laurenston creates.  The Pride Shifters Series was amazing and I can see where they might eventually intersect with these Crows.  I know that Hunting Season (The Gathering Book 1) is considered a different series but like the Magnus Pack and Pride series I believe they are two sides of the same series.

This is a fast paced series with characters that you will love, hate, and love to hate.  The main female character is both wonderful and flawed at the same time.  She is retired marine with a pit bull and an inability to kill wantonly.  Normally the last thing would be good, but Crows are sent into situations when killing is needed.  The main male character was born and raised to be a Raven, but this hasn’t stopped him from falling for a Crow.  Watch how a retired marine and her pit bull come to terms with their new life and bring some special joy to the Crows and Ravens; causing havoc and meeting people along the way.

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