Review – The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston (#review, #bookreview)

The Unleashing (Call of Crows, #1)The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

My rating: 4 of 5 gargoyles

This was a great read. I didn’t know what to expect going in – I thought there would be more romance, but it ended up being (to my mind) primarily an urban fantasy novel. Which, mind you, is NOT a problem for me.

First – one thing readers should be aware of. There are a LOT of POVs in this book. By no means is it just a Vig/Kera story. For the most part the other POVs definitely fill in some nice holes, but occasionally I got tired of seeing what others were thinking/doing simply because I kept hoping for more of the romance side of things (yes, I know I said I prefer UF, but hey…I thought this was a romance).

For the romance – Vig and Kera were definitely good for each other. Both had some baggage they needed to get over. I enjoyed when Kera finds out the truth about Vig (AFTER she’s been turned into a Crow) – he’s not the PTSD Vet she’d assumed he was and that was an amusing little scene all in its own.

And let’s not forget the dog Brianna. OMG – I LOVED the dog. Especially what she ended up becoming, thanks to Kera’s insistence that if the Viking goddess brought her back, the dog had to come with her. The interaction of the other Crows with Brianna was hilarious, especially when it so totally discomfited Kera to see her dog so friendly with other people. And then there were the wings…………Read it just for the dog, if for no other reason.

Finally, the fantasy/adventure part of this. I think it makes a great initial book for a series, though you need to stick with it. The first chapters throw a LOT of names and explanations at you, but stick with it and you’ll get the hang of the book. It’s a great thing to read. I absolutely will be keeping an eye out for the next one. This leaves off with a definite lead-in to a sequel, so yay!

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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