The Unyielding is the third and, I think, final book in the Call of Crows series ending the story arc of Ragnarok, or the end of the world. Erin Amstel is the only one who can steal Stutr, the flaming sword located on the Isle of Corpses. A place where crows are definitely not welcome. Up to the challenge, Erin accepts her fate and dives through the mystical door, accidentally bringing her maybe boyfriend Stieglitz Lundstrom with her. This novel, told with a kind of slapstick, frenetic humor, tells of their journey through mythological lands to retrieve this sword from a corpse eating dragon with the hope of returning in time to save the world. It reminded me a bit of Beowulf, if Jeff Daniels and Owen Wilson in their Dumb and Dumber roles were sent out to heroically save the world.
This was a romance that was more about the mythological journey, than about the relationship. The journey was fun, irreverent, and wild, and I enjoyed it a lot. The weak link in the storyline was the relationship between Erin and Stieg. I just didn’t feel the chemistry, or get the connection. at all, which is unusual with one of Shelly Laurenston’s books! However, I did like Stieg’s loyalty and friendship to Erin, even if the romance did seem to be a bit forced. Erin was a nutcase, if she weren’t a Crow, I’d think she were the daughter of Loki, the god of chaos. She was an instigator, comedian, and queen of one liners. The girl who’d start shit happening, just to sit back, watch everything play out, and laugh hysterically at the stooges she tricked. Stieg, seemed to be accidentally cast in the role of her boyfriend. More there to make sure she didn’t die before she saved the world, than to find his one great love.
It was a fun book and a good ending to this storyline, more engaging than disappointing, but not my favorite in the series. However, if you are a fan of Shelly Laurenston, and are jonesing for more of her Pride books, you can get your fix with The Unyielding. ❤❤❤❣
I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley for my honest review.
If you want to hear a little more details about the Crow/Raven mythology, please read my review of The Undoing, the second book in this series, by clicking HERE.
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