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The premise: The second book in the series begins a few weeks after the first book ends. The Crows, a group of women who have been given a second chance at life by serving the nordic goddess Skuld, are just finding out that Gullveig, the big Bad introduced in the first book, isn’t as vanquished as they thought she was. There are nine Clans that were formed by various gods and goddesses to work towards preventing Ragnarok, aka the apocalypse, or at least an incredibly bad day. The Crows are one of the Clans, but they all play a part in this story, as well as cameos by several gods including (dumb as a hammer) Thor, Odin, Tyr and Freyja. This is the overarching storyline that drives it all, and while there’s plenty of exposition given to get the reader up to speed when necessary, I do recommend reading the first book.
Jace is my soul sister-Crow: Jacinda “Jace” Berisha, is the sister-Crow at the heart of this entry and we get a glimpse of her first Life as the wife of a crazy bastard cult leader. From the prologue on, I was solidly in Jace’s corner. It also didn’t hurt that Jace is an anti-social introvert who will take a good book and her dog Lev over (most) people. Frankly, she’s a girl after my own heart.
Ski’s hot and nerdy, just like I like ‘em: Danski “Ski” Eriksen, one of the Protectors, wears glasses, is just as into books as his bethren but a better at the social game than anyone else. He’s nerdy but self-aware, a great combination. He also needs Jace’s help in translating some old Russian books he and his Protector brothers found. Jace captivates him but she’s a bit oblivious and I liked that alot. Ski’s a great gamma type of hero - as essentially the protector of his Protector brothers, he’s perfectly equipped to deal with their introverted, absent-minded professor ways. This also makes him the perfect man to love Jace.
That dash of romance: I think that going into this read with the mindset of urban fantasy rather than a more traditional paranormal romance helped my enjoyment because my expectations were tempered. When I say a dash, while each book is anchored by a love story, it’s the big picture and the day-to-day lives and interactions between all these different warriors and gods that drives the narrative. The romance is like a tasty, sexy garnish rather than the meat of the tale.
This story is clearly unfolding over several books, and there’s alot of moving parts at work. It can make some scenes with alot of explanations of the Gods and their relationship a bit unwieldy. That said, I truly enjoyed getting to see more of the ‘verse, the different characters, as well as deepening the relationships established in the first book.
The Bottom Line
I always enjoy a chance to visit one of Ms. Laurenston’s diverse and hella-funny worlds, and The Undoing builds and expands on the first book so well, I can’t wait to see what’s next. The Crows are moving up my list of favorites and if you’re into urban fantasy/paranormal romances, I encourage you to give Ms. Laurenston’s (who also publishes under the name G.A. Aiken) books a shot.
**ARC provided by publisher via netgalley for review**
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5 MAGNIFICENT, MIND-BLOWING, BREATHTAKING STARS!!!!!!!
What an awesome ride into a wonderful world filled with the descendants of Vikings. This story is the second book in the Call of Crows series and I enjoyed it immensely. I made sure to read every single word because it was that enthralling. This is the story of Jacinda "Jace" Berisha, a raging Crow Berserker turned by Skuld and Danski "Ski" Eriksen, Keeper of the Word and second in command to Ormi, Leader of the Protectors. The Protectors are Owls, how insanely cool is that!!! He even wears a sleeveless white hoodie and can turn his head 270 degrees,Lol. Jace is an introvert and I related to her in so many ways...
"She was an antisocial introvert who didn't hate people...just small talk." That's me! Lol.
This was a wonderful story of a woman who had been put in a cult by her Mum at the age of 10 for a decade before her husband killed her and Ski, the Protector who knew, she was the one for him. There were so many hilarious moments that I was in stitches from laughing so hard. My favorite...
"Well?" Jace pushed.
"For me. Please."
"Stop saying that!" Ski let out a very angry but resigned breath, He looked directly at Rundstom and snarled, "Thank you for saving my life."
The raven stared at Ski a moment before bellowing, "Now you owe your soul to me!"
Hahahahahaha....Ski had to thank Vig, a Raven, whom they despise because they think they are stupid, for saving his life during a recent fight with the Carrions, nasty, beasty things that you can't really kill, unless you have a Hel's blade, and he didn't want to do it. Lol, I laughed so hard imaging that scene. It was just brilliant for me. As per usual, Laurenston had me from the word go and I just enjoyed every morsel and sucked all of it into my being. This story is filled with love, so much love, loyalty, pranks as only the Crows can do, heartache, and so much action and blood. I really love the fighting and blood part. I wonder what that says about me. Lol. All of the secondary characters are awesome and we learn even more about Viking lore and their ancestors. I could go on and on and on, but I'll stop for now. 5 stars!!!!!
I was excited to read about Jace and Ski. I didnt know much about Ski...he was briefly in book 1 but we really didnt know anything about him beyond he's a Protector of Knowledge and and Owl. We get a ton of background on Jace from her former life. More in depth and man you cant help but feel for her. Surprisingly she's kind of ok with it except the way she died. She doesnt like talking about it. Ski and Jace's romance wasnt in your face at all. They didnt even kiss until 60%. Jace is different and she likes people but doesnt like to "chat". It doesnt take Ski long to figure it out. I really enjoyed reading about the other Protectors characters. I liked Bear. Other characters obviously come back from book 1 too. I really dont like Jace's Grandmother. She's kinda mean and although she sorta helps Jace...still not so likable. Jace's ex makes an appearance and to be honest I think this book would have been fine if he didnt make an appearance but I get why it was included. Lots of information in this book as well and well to be honest its not over yet! Although the "being" is sorta trapped its not done. Not sure how many books she plans but onto the 3rd!
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