Author: Shelly Laurenston
Published: March 29, 2016
Stars: 3.5 our of 5
No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life—considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.
But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind—ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.
Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!
I had no idea this was book two in the series. I am a little disappointed I didn’t get the chance to read the first book because I am sure I would enjoy it. With that said, I think this book could be read as a stand-alone but if you get the chance/have the time to read the first one in the series, I would!
The story starts off fast and gruesome. The details of how the Crows attack is not exactly pleasant. The open violence in this book paired with the different characteristics is almost comical. I found myself smiling and thinking to myself- yep, if a crow could talk, I bet that’s how they would act or what they would say.
The first chapter introduces a lot of characters but the focus is on the Crows, mainly Jace, and the Protectors, mainly Ski. The way their relationship develops is a little painful to read but sweet if not fast.
Jace is a little odd in how she sneaks around in order to be left alone. As she explains, it’s not that she doesn’t like people, she just prefers to not be around them. I would say Jace is as introverted as you can get when she isn’t letting her rage take over. But the author makes it a point to show that she isn’t shy. Jace’s character really transforms throughout this book and she finds her spot amongst the protectors. There were aspects about her life that the author didn’t go into enough detail about and make the plot a little confusing.
Ski is sweet but can bring out a more aggressive side of himself, especially during sex. He is an extreme book worm and absolutely adores Jace. His character pretty much stayed the same throughout the book. He didn’t open up or grow like Jace’s character did. The middle of the book started to drag some and I thought some of the conversation between Ski and Jace weren’t really necessary. It was already well established they both are obsessed with books, history, and are really smart. You need pages and chapters full of conversation to make this point. The ending of the book was exciting and I really enjoyed the final battle.
The explanation for her grandmother was a bit far fetched and you can probably say that about a couple other things throughout the story. But overall it wasn’t terribly over the top. The one thing that I didn’t like was the transitions, or lack there of, the author used when switching character perspective. I think his could have been done better and would have made the book crisper and easier to read. Regardless, I really enjoyed the book and want to read the sequel.