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The Unleashing

(Call of Crows #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  10,621 ratings  ·  1,383 reviews

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” Rundstöm has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as
Trade Paperback, 373 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Kensington
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Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
1 - Dazed & Confused star.

DNF @ 25%.

Me after 10% -

Me after 25% -

I am not someone who gives up on books easily, but I have spent the last couple of hours (more like 4 hours) reading this book and I still don't really wholly understand what is going on, which in effect has slowly drained all my interest in it away.

This book is set (up to where I read) in LA. The author on her opening to the reader, confirms it is a stand-alone as well as the start of a series. I am going to go out on a limb an
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4.5 Love SL Stars

Contrary to what the pic might suggest the book isn't dark.

Dying isn't fun, but dying and coming back as a member of a crew of homocidal bitches is really tricky. Kera is grateful for her second chance at life but the conditions that come with it... not so sure. She is too uptight and moral for the group of crazy ladies, otherwise known as the Crows, warrior women that literally bring death everywhere they go and they love it.

The one positive thing about her new life? Her savior
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
This story was released on 3/31 without much fanfare - and a tragedy, that! If you got a copy, please review it. If not...WHY not??

4 ‘just winging it’ stars!

I’ll start by saying that never have I enjoyed Norse and Viking lore more than I have while reading The Unleashing. As Ms. Laurenston states in her opening letter to the readers:
"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,
Sammy Loves Books
****** 2 "Info Dump Disaster" Stars!!! ******

The Crows, The Harbingers of Death

in yo face

Where do I begin, and what can I say? The beginning of this book was a dis-organized mess. I felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters, groups of fighters, and number of gods I was introduced to. The amount of information dumped in the first 25% of this book was ridiculous. After many attempts, I eventually stopped reading this book and was determined that it would become a DNF.

I finally restarted this book
So, you see the cover, with ab-man and the foreboding dark birds behind him. And, our story starts with Kera, our heroine, becoming a mythological Crow whose job is to work for the Nordic goddess Skuld as an assassin.

“For they are the Crows,” he intoned solemnly, “and they are the harbingers of death.”

Now, you are thinking, this is a dark urban fantasy book with Nordic mythology as its basis, right? Well, you'd be wrong. Really really wrong. Because, somehow, with this premise, along with to
Lo Bookfrantic
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review-ng
"ARC received from Kensington via Netgalley"
Release date: March 31, 2015
Genre: Paranormal/Nordic/Greek Gods
My Rating: 4 awesome stars.
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The Unleashing is a Viking Paranormal story that takes place right in the big city of Los Angeles and it takes you to a world of Nordic and Greek Gods. I've read PRN before but never anything like this so I found myself soaking all this new information and truly enjoyed the ride.
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Honestly the first 35% into the book I was so confused with so many
Aisling Zena

Quick re-read for The Undoing!

4-4.5 Crow Rage stars


Kera Watson is a former marine. She's tough, organized and disciplined. One night as she goes to take the trash out she's attacked and killed. Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom arrives too late to save her but he gives her a chance for a second life. And here is where everything gets tricky.


Do you remember your Norse mythology?If not this is a chance to brush it up. I'm familiar with it, so some things were not completely unknown to me but even
Athena Shardbearer
Vikings???? Romance??? Kinda want!

DNF at 30%

Can't deal with stupid anymore.
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
2022 Re-read
I decided to do a quick re-read via audio so I can finally pick up the second book in the series. Johanna Parker did a great job with this story.

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

I had so much fun reading this book! I have found that if I read too many books in one genre, I start getting bored and need to switch gears to something completely different. I have been reading so many romance novels lately that they have started to drive me a little crazy so I


Fave quote:
"Let´s get some sleep and let me hold you while we do. Maybe I can protect you from the bad dreams."
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars.

Woe-ly black birds, this was not for me.

Kera Watson dies by butcher knife (ouch) outside of her coffee house where she is 'saved' by a Norse god who grants her a second life as a Crow. The band of women who make up the god, Skuld's, Crow group are the 'harbingers of death' for the Norse gods and their ilk. (I think.)

Kera, however, isn't someone Skuld would have picked for her merry band (I think), but rather, she was saved as a favor to Ludvig Rundstom, a Raven, who had a little crush
Julia's Book Haven
4.5 Stars

I think this is a really good start to this series. I enjoyed all the characters. This first book in the series is about a new Crow named Kera and a slightly scary Raven blacksmith Vig. I loved their easiness with each other and their banter. I can't wait to see more of the Crows and Ravens. They were all pretty funny, but I also liked their code. Standing by your sister no matter what. Supporting her in anything she needs. It was lovely. And I am a big fan of all things Vikings and No
Kat Kennedy
Mar 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
54 pages was enough to constitute a no from me. So many POVs (4-5) jammed every 4 paragraphs or so in the 2 chapters I read. They all sound the same too, so I was bored very quickly.
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I find Shelly Laurenston's books to be a fun read. The romance is more of a side thing but there is a lot going on to keep me entertained. I like the idea of a bunch of women who get brought back from the dead to become Skuld's crow warriors. I'm all about girl power. Plus it's fun when some of them are a bit on the crazy side. Their bickering was funny. I would consider this a standalone but it does lead you up to something big that you will find continues into the next book. ...more
Tanya Urban Fantasy Freak
Oct 22, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: awesome, can-t-wait
A *new* series by Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken? Take my money please!

 Danielle The Book Huntress
This was a group read for the Dangerous Hero Addict Support Group, and I'm glad it got voted for. It gave me that push to read Shelly Laurenston. I've heard from many that she's a good author, and I actually have most of her Dragon books written under G.A. Aiken, but I just hadn't gotten around to reading her books written under this name.

One thing that one needs to understand about this book is that it's very heroine and women-bonding centered. Kera is a woman who needed strong bonds with women
When she returned from Afghanistan, Kera took a job in a café just to make ends meet. Then one night as she is taking the trash out to the dumpster in the back alley she runs into a man attacking a woman. She steps in and is stabbed in the chest. As she is about to take her last breath, the Norse goddess Skuld makes her an offer. If she joins with her minions, the crows she can have a second chance at life. But the price is she must deliver Skuld's judgement to humans who are deemed deserving of ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars.

April 2015:
I am not feeling this book or this genre right now, so I have decided to pause it for a while; I'll come back to it once the second installment is out.

“I’ll take your offer . . . but only if I can bring my dog. No dog, no deal.”
“You’re serious? You’re willing to give up your chance at a second life for a dog?”

“I won’t go without Brodie.”
“You do know,” the woman asked Kera, “that you’re standing in front of me with a knife sticking out of your chest? Right?
"When the Crows and Ravens come out, Laurenston's fans will rejoice."

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Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley, free
4.6 big shiny smiley Viking stars. Norse mythology mixed with humor and near bionic powers.
Kera is a second chance person with a second chance dog. Her second chance came when a voice asked her a question and she answered yes, with one condition. She wouldn't step into a new life without her dog. She woke in a strange bed, with uncomfortable memories in a house filled with huge beings. She did not hide, she fought beside her sweet little dog Brodie Hawaii. What she didn't know was that she had j
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Unleashing (Call of the Crows, #1) by Shelly Laurenston is the first book in a new paranormal series based on Norse mythology. This is the first book I have read by this author and it definitely will not be the last. I picked this up because the second book is on Net Galley and I like to read paranormal series in order due to the world-building. This author’s writing is witty, sharp and entertaining.

Kera Watson is an ex-Marine who survived two tours in Afghanistan and then came home and was
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: buddy-reads
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars.

April 2015:
I am not feeling this book or this genre right now, so I have decided to pause it for a while; I'll come back to it once the second installment is out.

“I’ll take your offer . . . but only if I can bring my dog. No dog, no deal.”
“You’re serious? You’re willing to give up your chance at a second life for a dog?”

“I won’t go without Brodie.”
“You do know,” the woman asked Kera, “that you’re standing in front of me with a knife sticking out of your chest? Right?
Al George
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ton of fun. One of the best books I've listened to this year!

Typical Laurenston silliness and I loved it. You never leave a sister behind no matter how annoying she is. Love that message.

The pitbull? Star of this book if you asked me.

Read for the URR 2018 New Years Challenge, 3. Animal Lovers' Romance
I heart Shelly Laurenston! Everything I have read by her I have enjoyed and this is no exception. With Laurenston you expect somewhat off the wall characters, interesting action filled plotlines and humor. Again, no exception.. Although there are definitely quirky characters there isn’t quite as much humor as there has been in some of her previous books but that didn’t make me like this book any less.

This is a brand new series set in a completely different world. There was no cross over from an
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This was my first book by Shelly Laurenston but I've read all her "Dragon kin" books under the name G.A Aiken and I have enjoyed most of them. I can say this was better than any of them.
The world building was simple and great and nothing I'v read before.It had a set of characters that were crazy ,hilarious and fun.Their interactions reminded me of the "Valkyries" from Kresley Cole books and "the dragons and their mates" from G.A Aiken books. But that's the only thing it had in common wi
Thanks to Marvel's Thor (I'm talking about the movie. And I know it had very little to do with the actual mythology, but it served the purpose and it got me interested in finding out more), I realized how very little (nothing, really) I knew about Nordic gods and mythology, and ever since I tried to soak up everything on this subject I could get my hands on. So, naturally I wouldn't pass the chance to read something new because 1) it's about my new favorite topic and 2) Shelly Laurenston wrote i ...more
I'm sorry, I just couldn't.

There were some things that I liked in this book, I won't deny that. I liked the plot and idea of the story, the viking lore and all the clans.
But I absolutely hated the characters! All of them! Ok, some more than others, but still, I couldn't stand the main ones. She acted like a 12 year old! And he wasn't that much better either!
And the writing style was pretty annoying as well.
So I couldn't finish it, I couldn't even read 35%.
Fantastic start to the series. I'm even tempted to pay ca. 10 € for the second book and I've never spent that much on a ebook. ...more
MrsJoseph *grouchy*

4.5 Stars

Quite some time ago I read a book by Shelly Laurenston titled Hunting Season (The Gathering, #1) . I loved Hunting Season and the entire world that Ms Laurentston created and I was disappointed to learn that she had no intention of finishing the series.

When I saw advertisements for The Unleashing...OMG, I was so excited! Ms Laurenston explicitly states that The Unleashing was not a part of The Gathering, instead it's a brand new book and serie
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Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info on G.A. Aiken's dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check ou ...more

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“Vig walked back to his truck. That’s when Stieg drily asked, “Do you need another minute to blush coquettishly and dream about your perfect white wedding?”
As Vig walked around the front of his vehicle, he grabbed Stieg by the hair and slammed him face-first into the hood.”
“But she'd been wrong about Vig. He wasn't broken. He wasn't destroyed by a cruel society.

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Liked her, liked her.”
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