I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I took a bit of a break between the previous book in this series and this one. But I am very glad that I came back to it. This was one of my favourite instalments so far...
There was a bit of romance that I think any series readers would have already seen coming. I don't know that it added anything to the story, however. It was not detailed or graphic and, actually, the sex scenes were treated more like interlude between events... something that was there just to give the sense of time passing.
There is plenty of Oberon too. Not so much that he got annoying, but enough that it was pretty funny when he did 'speak up'. There was just a bit of mythological history in here; quite a bit less than some of the other books in the series. I liked that Hearne didn't try to turn it into a myth text book.
The story is told via a series of vingette encounters with the 'bad guys' and I have to admit the overarching storyline that held these little segments together was a little on the sparse side. It felt mostly like: attack A, escape and investigate, attack B, escape and romantic interlude, attack C confront the source and resolve.
Hah... even saying all that, I still really enjoyed this book. The pacing is terrific, Oberon is terrific, even Atticus has some decent one-liners. I don't think you'd enjoy it nearly as much if you hadn't read the rest of the series. There is no cliffhanger, but I will be reading the next in the series.
The last 4 books of Hearne's epic series were filled with awesome concepts, an interesting (if not questionable) main character, and a meaty story with plenty of room to grow. Not only did this story have the potential to enchant you with the possibility of a riveting and constantly evolving tale, but it was fresh in a time when I needed a break from the repetitiveness of other series. This book shoots the characters 15 years into the future. It just feels like a lot of potential lost, and the story itself feels like a wrap-up or a bad tv drama, and yet, the series goes on...I hope the next book is better but Hearne needs to stop writing Novellas and start concentrating on the main story.
longer more in depth story with more plot twists involving strange and unexpected scenarios that color the characters and evolve them in a less general way than, they f*ck for three days strait.
oh ya, stop writhing Novellas and start writhing books again your first four were awesome!
Get back to your roots.
Yes, I would. The story is interesting and fast paced. The characters are engaging and Oberon is awesome!
I enjoyed the character growth and seeing more development for the apprentice.
Yes, I did. He was good at portraying the various characters and bringing them to life.
I have enjoyed all the Iron Druid Chronicles books and eagerly await the next in the series! The characters continue to grow and that keeps the story-line fresh.
Less comic book action, the entire point to the amazing character development in the series was lost.
I loved the conversations and character development in the series. But that was lost when it turned into Kill Bill meets Die Hard.
First two chapters... down hill from there.
It was well edited, the premise of the book was the issue. It lost focus and started building toward body count.
I am a huge fan of the series, and I will continue to be. However, in my mind the series will end at book 4. (This is very similar to the Eragon Series, I didn't even read the final book in that series, although I'm still a fan of book one.)
For those following this fun series this book may or may not live up to expectations. I felt as though this time much of the book was taken up with factletts and details needed to explain how/why things could happen, but that did not make for the best story. The tale moved us along and hopefully the next book will return to concentrating on entertaining more than positioning characters to be in the right place and progressing the logic.
Still a good time. I mean two kick butt Druids and a mind talking dog. How could it fail to be fun. I will still look forward to and buy the next one.
After the awesomeness of the first three I felt a little let down.
Quite frankly, a week after finishing it, I don't remember the ending. I didn't have the second part downloaded when the first part ended, so I started listening to the new Harry Dresden I had downloaded too, until I could get to wifi. Instead I listened to ALL of Cold Days before coming back to the second half of this book.
Maybe it was my own expectations being too high. I didn't have to wait to read the first three, but had to wait for this one, and I really wanted to read the story that gave us a new Druid.
Maybe it was the narrator's Oberon voice. I HATED how he voiced Oberon. It drove me up the wall. He made the dog sound like he had brain damage and a tongue transplant. Apart from that, he was fine tho.
Maybe it was because I felt he took an oft-repeated one-line joke from the first three books and basically made a major plot point out of it - although I had actually been WAITING for that joke to catch up to him (no, I won't tell you the joke, go listen)
Don't get me wrong, the book isn't bad at all. The action moves along at a decent clip, I definitely enjoyed the vampires, both old and new.
I was hoping for better after the first three.
Im not sure.... I loved books 1-4 but this one seemed to lack a real story.
His other books in the series are great. This one just left me wishing for more.
He should have kept it the same. For some reason he switched up his style for this book. Changing the way some of the characters sounded.
I really enjoyed the first three books in the series but felt like the last two books weren't as entertaining.
Yes. I like all the ethnic accents Luke Daniels performs.
I still like this series. Lots of clever stuff and keeps me entertained but there are a few things that bug me a little.
Oberon. Good in small doses mainly when he gives what you might imagine a dogs perspective of some outrageous senario might be. Bad when he becomes too much of a "character"with his too long cultural references and language observances.
Atticus. Supposed to be 2100 years old yet acts like he is 21 years old. The great advantage of living that long would be accumulatin of great wisdom. He makes many decisions which would be obviously unwise even for a 21 year old. It would be nice to see him think his way out of the messes he places himself within rather than his continual mental blunders which keep making things worse. Now every concievable god and creature is out to kill him but somehow I'm sure he will manage to survive.
Granuale. Goes from bartender to total badass in just 12 years. Come on.
Its still a good series though. As light entertainment goes.
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
As usual, this was an exciting book, full of interesting action and unexpected twists but I got mad by the way the business with Atticus and Granuaile got resolved. When I read a book in the first person I expect to know something about that person's emotions but the author spent more time on wisecracks that on really revealing Atticus' feelings.
I don't know why I keep getting disappointed with the continued lack of emotional disclosure by Atticus. It's clear that the author is just not going there with him. At first I thought the author didn't want to alienate the male audience by getting "mushy" but now I'm starting to believe the author is just not capable to take his characters in that direction. Please note I'm not upset because the love scenes were "fade to black" but because there wasn't any discussion about his feelings. If you've loved a woman for a long, long time and you finally get to be with her, I expect to hear at least a "Yay!!" to convey how you feel about the situation. Atticus has tons of potential but I feel as if there's a wall between this inner core and the way he behaves in public that not even the reader can see.
One thing I liked about their relationship was that once he wasn't her instructor, he treated her like an adult and allowed her to make her own decisions. He didn't go all caveman or pretended that he had all the answers. He gave her the lowdown and once she made her choice, there wasn't any boorish behavior (see why I say he has potential?)
Right now I'm feeling like giving up on the series but I know that once it gets closer to the release of the next book, I'll be sure to change my mind.