I've been completely underwhelmed with book 4 & book 5. They don't seem to capture my interest like the first 3 books in the series did.
I waited anxiously for this book. This has been one of my favorite series. The lighthearted and funny demeanor combined with great like-able characters and superb narration more than compensated for the simple plot lines. Overall (up til now) its been great fun listening to this series.
With this book, the great characters (most of them) are gone, and dozens of new characters with unpronounceable names are hurriedly introduced, and they immediately begin trying to lay the ground work for a complex back story by telling lengthy stories about more characters with unpronounceable names in places with unpronounceable names.....all of this being narrated in the same manner as the previous stories, which just doesn't work.
Bottom line: I turned it off after a couple of hours. I would prefer to remember Atticus and Oberon as they were before. Bummer.
This was definitely an exciting installment. Oberon is by far my favorite character. I like how Granuaile had a bigger presence in the book. Her reaction to somethings that Atticus thought she'd marvel at in Tir na nOg like the time islands was interesting. She has a much more modern mind set. It's also great to see such a strong female character. This book will also confirm for those who already don't like them, that clowns are evil. I'm glad to see Leif getting back into the story and I'm interested to see just who's side he's really on.
Standard serving of awesomeness! There was a point where the story got a bit confusing. Too many enemies out to get Atticus for even his paranoia to account for!! Hearne did a good job of weaving the plot back together though. I was concerned about how the end of Granuaile's apprenticeship was going to play out, but it wasn't horribly painful. I have to say I don't like her character. She is very flat, not much personality. There isn't any real chemistry between her and Atticus, no witty repartee. Very little spark to her dialogue or actions. Perhaps its just the way that Daniels performs this character. I don't think I will like the remaining books in the series if they focus more on her. Oberon is all the side kick that Atticus needs. Granuaile adds nothing to the story. Thank the LORD they don't get too much into the love interest part of their relationship.
First, I hate you Kevin for leaving such a cliff hanger ending!
Second I wish the books were like 16 hours + long; it's such as kick ass series.
Aside from my whining, the book is go go go from the start and loved it because of that.
I want more damn it and now I gotta wait till Spring!!!
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
Oh My Gods! ;)
This takes place twelve years since Tricked and 6 years after Two Ravens and One Crow. Luke Daniels once again narrates the story so that you are on the edge of your seat thanks to the awesome story written by Kevin Hearne.
Even in its slow moments the story kept me listening, wanting to finish it all in one sitting even though I knew that when it was over I was going to have to wait for the next installation. I laughed, I cried and nearly choked on my coffee in places. So if you enjoy urban fantasy and like humor mixed in with your action and drama try the Iron Druid Chronicles from the beginning! If you've read or listened to the previous books you won't be disappointed with this installment!
I'm a college student at Eastern Washington University with a major in psychology. I'm a quadriplegic and audio books help me make it through the day and give me something interesting to listen to while getting there.
I absolutely love this series and I've been waiting six months for this book to finally come out. When it finally did I was just a little disappointed at how short it was. The story is great, but I can't quite say it was excellent. I really loved the story and the direction the series is heading into but I just felt like Kevin Hearne was rushing through a few of the key situations that Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile get themselves into. It can be a long six months for me to wait for the next book.
The audiobook version is worth it for Oberon alone, everything else is just sweet sweet gravy.
Like the rest of the series it's funny, fast paced and well written.
Seems to be fairly consistent quality, and well voice acted between all characters.
Feels like it cut off in an odd spot, but very well done and wish the next one was out already.
As with all the books in this series, once started I couldn't put it down. What more could you ask for in a SF series than a reserve superhero who thumbs his nose at gods, elves, elementals, Witches, vampires, Dwarves, etc. He real doesn't seek confrontation but it just seems like as a result of having lived so long he has annoyed them and they want him dead. He's training an apprentice and she's no slouch. He's already a force to be reckoned with, what in the world will happen when there is two of them?
Incredibly, Awesome, and Fun!
I can't imagine anyone else as the narrator, nor would I want too. He is Atticus.
Yes and I did.
Read the series. I don't recommend books or series often, but I have too with this one. It's a great ride, a brilliant read, and you care about the characters. I can't say enough.