Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.
With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one….
Stieg isn't sure what it is about Erin that grabs him, but she clearly needs watching, hmm maybe a bodyguard wouldn't be such a bad idea or then again perhaps a psychiatrist is what she needs? Still the more time he spends around her the more he starts to almost understand what drives her. So, when it's clear that only someone with Erin's special talents can retrieve something that just might help solve the problem of Gullveig, he's alpha enough to step back and let Erin do what she does best and that's definitely raise hell! But oops, in the world of the Nine Clans there's always going to be someone who likes to meddle!
Okay, I sincerely hope I've expressed just how maddening Erin is because SHE IS! She's totally unapologetic about it and yet, she just gets things done. The romance with Stieg is there but it's not exactly front and centre, but a slow build as they each get under each other's skin. Now I did enjoy their interactions, but for me, the quest was the highlight of the book and I'm sorry, but it was far too short! So much action and adventure takes place with amazing descriptions and wow the creatures introduced were simply fantastic; but yep, you just know Erin hasn't finished grating on everyone and there's a rather large foe who learns just how annoying she can be!
If you love over the top and downright crazy characters, then the Call of Crows series has them in spades. The humour is pretty near the knuckle at times too with outrageous comments that are anything but PC so you have been warned. Ms Laurenston goes were few other authors would dare, and frankly I was shocked a couple of times with references to a society that changed our history, but then again, these characters don't take any prisoners.
What impresses me the most though is the author's ability to take a character who most want to punch (really hard!) and make her so likable. If my reference to closing the arc about Gullveig worries you, fear not because at the very end there's a new player in town and I'm guessing that person won't go quietly. Let battle commence!
A copy of this was provided for me with no requirement for a review and I have voluntarily read it and these comments are my honest opinion.