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. Continue reading “This Chick Read: The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston”
Cassandra sangue, Meg Corbyn, is still working as the Human Liaison to the terre indigene in the Lakeside Courtyard. Simon, her boss, wolf, and new friend, has come to realize how delicate Meg is in comparison with the Others living in the compound and he guards that fragility ferociously. Meg’s prophecies are happening pretty regularly, not always requiring a cut, but sometimes that prickly feeling is so fierce that she is compelled to slice herself, disregarding her own safety. Her visions are full of violent images and the terre indigene of the Lakeside Courtyard have learned not to ignore what she says, as she has saved their lives before. It becomes apparent that a war between the terre indigene and humans is near when a drug poisons their food making them helpless in the hands of their human murderers.
This novel lacks the humor of the first novel, although watching Meg and Simon tiptoe around each other is pretty funny, both completely clueless about their feelings, and how to act. The first book was about Meg and her safety, but this novel took an even darker turn on a larger scale. We are given an inside look at the unsavory business that holds the cassandra sangue hostage, and because we have come to care so much for Meg and love her innocence, we can’t help but be horrified at what she might have gone through while living in captivity. As this story unfolds, even though the terre indigene can be truly frightening, it’s the humans and their lack of humanity that have become the monsters.
Anne Bishop deftly intertwines storylines told from several perspectives and when those stories merge, the impact is jolting leaving the reader hanging off the edge of their seat eagerly grabbing for the next book in the series. A paranormal thriller at its best. ❤❤❤❤❣
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Mercy Thompson, one of my favorite paranormal/fantasy heroines of all time, gets herself kidnapped and almost killed. Waking up in Italy, a captive to a renaissance era vampire lord isn’t how Mercy had planned to visit Europe. Not being able to feel her bond with her mate Adam, and the Columbia Basin werewolf pack almost put her in a tailspin, but it doesn’t stop her from planning her escape and successfully fleeing her captivity. Of course not everything goes smoothly, and being related to Coyote, the king of chaos, you know Mercy isn’t going to be sitting quietly waiting for Adam to come pick her up. Somehow, Mercy jumps from the frying pan into the fire, and manages to break up a sinister vampire plot. Told from both Adam and Mercy’s perspective, you got a real feel for their bond and love for each other.
Silence Fallen’s plot was so intricately woven. Adam flies to Italy to “rescue” Mercy, but she’s not there anymore and he has to beat back his wolf in order to have a politically motivated meeting with the Vampire who almost killed his mate. You could practically hear the growl in Adams voice as he choked back his anger, fears and frustrations. In my opinion, we learned too much about the dynamics of a vampire seethe. Stefan and Marsilia’s past history in Europe was kind of interesting but I learned more than I probably needed though I’m sure that will come into play in future books.
Mercy always faces every challenge with a clear voice, but this time I heard a little bit of tiredness come through. Truly, if I were her, I would be saying, really? Again? Can’t I have some peace? Usually she just rolls with the punches. This time it seemed to take a little bit out of her. It makes me wonder what’s next for this character, and is the author also getting tired? I hope she has a lot left in her because I am not tired and could read Mercy’s story until she and I are in our 80’s! ❤❤❤❤
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review.
Copyright 2017 Deborah E Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved
From the first scene, as Meg Corbyn is running in the snow towards the lights of the Lakeside Courtyard, I was gripped with tension, my eyes moving rapidly over the words that would take me to the next step in this plot. When Meg meets shapeshifter Simon to apply for the Human Liaison job, this authors words filled me with hope that he would give it to her, to help keep her from the people chasing her. That was before I even knew what they all were! Anne Bishop set the stage for an amazing new world of shifters, vampires, elementals, etc. and most importantly what Meg is, a Cassandra Continue reading “This Chick Read: Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop”
Kim Harrison’s The Turn is a leap backwards in time in the Hollows world to just before the Turn, when the human race was decimated by tomatoes. No it wasn’t the Attack of the Killer Tomato, but a genetically engineered virus that became transmitted to humans on a tomato plant. For those of us that love and miss The Hollows, this is our chance to re-engage and learn about how this atrocity happened as well as catch up with some much loved or at least familiar characters (minus Rachel and her gang). Continue reading “This Chick Read: The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death (The Hollows #0.1) by Kim Harrison”
Tris see’s dead people. Well, really Tris see’s spirits who have not moved on, either by a loved ones refusal to let them go or a haunting caused by a traumatic death. He is known as the Dead’s Man, hired by villagers to get rid of spirits. Mari, witnessed the deaths of her parents and tribe by spirits, and has searched her whole life for the person she thought had killed them. Continue reading “This Chick Read: The Dead Seekers by Barb and J.C. Hendee”
This is the first novel in a new series set in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races world. Sophie Ross is on leave from consulting for the LAPD when she inherits an estate in England. The inheritance has one caveat, that she must be able to get inside the estate, and provide proof that she did to the solicitors in England. This inheritance came at a great time because Sophie is on leave after being shot during a police investigation. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Moonshadow by Thea Harrison”
Lily Yu, one of my favorite female protagonists in the paranormal genre, once again shows that you do not need magic or werewolf strength to kick ass. Her kick assness mainly comes from logically analyzing and proceeding in the best manner possible. In Dragon Spawn we see a different side of Lily. Normally, she fills the role of friend, lover, and investigator, but when the children of the werewolf population falls in harms way we see her softer, maternal side. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Dragon Spawn (World of the Lupi #13) by Eileen Wilkes”
Peri Reed is trying to lie low and live a life off the grid. After discovering in The Drafter that the life she’d been leading was fabricated, Peri is in hiding from Bill, her ex Opti handler. Unfortunately, Bill has other plans for her. A drug has been created that would return all of the memories she’d lost. The catch is that she’d be hooked, and Bill could control her by providing her with the drug, Evocane. Her choice between re-discovering herself and becoming, essentially, a crack addict was actually a difficult one. The Operator explores her relationship with the man she once loved but forgot, the man she loved who betrayed her and the boss she’d like to kill. With a couple other psychopaths thrown into the game.
The Operator explored a bit more of Peri’s background. Silas, the man she loved and had wiped from her memory, is no longer content to watch things happen from the sidelines. In my opinion, he’s a big part of the success of this story. Without Silas, Peri would just be a caricature, an empty humanoid shell. The fact that she wants to remember their previous life together gives her the strength to fight for her freedom, and someone we can identify with and root for.
Kim Harrison is the author of one of my favorite series (The Hollows) and I can’t help but compare Peri to that series female protagonist, Rachel Morgan. Peri and Rachel have a couple of things in common. They both have an inordinate amount of talent, they are a bit insecure, and their conscious comes in the form of a sidekick (Peri’s a hallucination of her ex partner and Rachel’s a pixie named Jenks). They both have a lot of honor, even though they may use bad judgement and extraordinary means to deliver the right outcome. When I pick up a book in either of their series, I know I am in for a wild ride. The Operator was definitely that!
Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved
Nell has just completed training at the PsyLED academy, and is back home ready to start her new job. A case breaks and she is sent out to a pond to take a psi reading on a group of ducks who are swimming continuously in a circle. Nell who was revealed to be inhuman, in the first book, is connected to the land in a mystical way. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2) by Faith Hunter”