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” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.
But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.
Kera is an ex-Marine working in a coffee shop when one evening she steps in and tries to defend a customer; but what she hadn't expected was to find herself in an alley facing a Goddess who offers her another chance at life! The price? Kera becomes a Crow, a harbinger of death, and she's about to get sucked into a whole new way of living.
Vig is a scary bad ass Raven serving Odin, but for the past few months all he can think about is the human Kera but Vig has no idea how to approach her . Whilst he tries to find the right way to ask her out, the unthinkable happens and Kera is mortally wounded. Now Vig is no slouch and calls out for help and what do you know success! Kera is saved but will she thank him or curse him?
I found The Unleashing to be a book of almost two halves. In the first half, we have Kera accepting (a bit too easily for my taste) her new life as a Crow. She is now part of a sisterhood who seem to be totally undisciplined and expected to murder on command! Kera might be getting wings but she also still has a conscience and although reborn, doesn't seem to fit in with the Crows although luckily she has an ally in Vig. Now the second half of the book finally gave me something to sit up and take notice of. Yes, I do understand the author was setting the scene, but there are an awful lot of characters introduced initially and to be blunt they tended to be very over the top and annoying. I much preferred the second half as the plot began to unfold. I guess I just needed some action along with the sarcastic humour, and trust me this is a very funny and entertaining read.
These are most definitely kick ass females and they utterly confuse the big butch guys they encounter but I found the romance between Kera and Vig to be a little lacking. They were friends and then lovers but it lacked sexual tension. What does work though, is the background on the Crows and I'm loving Asgard.
So in conclusion, if you enjoy mayhem with over the top protagonists and genuine laugh out loud moments, then The Unleashing is a book that just might tick all your boxes. It's both violent and funny and it's a world where females are just as badass as males. Well written and when the pace picks up full of surprises. I'm not sure where the author will go with this next but there's certainly room for her to broaden this world she has created as it's populated by a multitude of interesting characters. I guess the bottom line is if you like Vikings with a paranormal twist then you will enjoy this book.
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.