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With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for LA, 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.
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By Malinda on 08-06-15
Pretty good start to the series :D
This was a pretty good story. I liked Kera and Vig very much and the story was pretty good. The writing reminds me of Laurenston's Pride series so if you like that you'll probably like this.
Kera is an ex-Marine that started managing a coffee shop once she left the service. She didn't know what to do with her life but she did end up adopting a stray (and abused) dog, Brody, who she loves. When Kera tried to help someone she ended up getting killed and offered a choice by Skuld (a goddess) to have a second life as one of her warriors. Kera agrees on the condition that she can keep Brody.
Vig is a Raven, one of a group of warriors in service to Odin. He's also a very skilled weaponsmith. Vig happened into Kera's coffee shop one day and fell in love with her. He started going back every morning (even though it's way out of his way) to get coffee and bear claws from Kera's shop so he can see her. Vig happens to be near when Kera's attacked and gets there as she's dying. He called on Skuld, hoping that she'd see Kera as worthy.
Obviously, Skuld did see Kera and worthy and made her a Crow. The Crows are warrior women in service to Skuld. They have retractable wings and claws, accelerated healing and some extra gifts (depending on the person). Kera kind of gets thrown in the deep end as soon as she wakes up into her new life. TBH, the other Crows aren't exactly helpful and some even hinder Kera's acclimation to her new life. This is pretty bad when it's Kera's "mentor" who won't explain anything and acts like Kera was put there to make her life miserable. On the whole, the Crows didn't make me real happy mostly for their treatment of Kera. Thankfully, Vig is able to smooth Kera's transition somewhat.
Vig is a very sought after weapons maker and the Crows all get their weapons from him. When Kera is taken to get her weapons she's happy to see Vig because she remembers that he was the one that brought Skuld to save her. Since Vig never got up the nerve to ask her out (or even really talk to her past placing his order) Kera kind of had the wrong impression of him (much to Vig's chagrin). It's okay though because once she gets to know more about Vig, Kera is interested in getting to know him better. He helps her settle into her new life and is such a sweety. I mean Vig is a big, bad viking that scares the hell out of most people but he's this big teddy bear with Kera and he just really, really wants her to like him in return. Kera isn't blind to this and things progress well between them. I think Kera and Vig (both separate and together) were my favorite parts of the story. The plot was pretty good but there were a couple points that didn't work for me. While the action plot isn't concluded at the end of the story, the relationship between Kera and Vig ends with them together and moving towards a HEA together.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I really liked Kera and Vig (and Brody..loved her transformation). While the secondary characters grew on me, at first they were...well abrasive. This isn't necessarily an unusual trait in Laurenston's writing but in this story it sometimes felt a bit OTT. It did settle down though and people started working together later but it a bit jarring (and annoying). Overall, the story was pretty good...it was a close call but I believe it deserves the 4 stars. I do plan to continue with the series when the next book comes out. :D
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By julie on 04-02-15
Wicked - when's the next one???
Great story involving previously murdered women brought back as a Nordic hit squad. When a former Marine used to discipline winds up with a group of totally undisciplined females, she finds it more than unnerving. Then there's the killing for reasons she can't fathom - it's all too much! To top it off she finds out her dog now has wings and a metal muzzle. There is also a trip to Valhalla, a quiet Viking, finding Freya's lost necklace whilst trying to stop an ancient evil from causing havoc.
Yet another great story from Shelley Laurenston and an awesome narrator who throws in the right amount of sarcasm and whining when required. Can't wait for book 2.
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