Normally after the 2nd or 3rd book in a series I get bored. Not so with Iron Druid. Great story with plenty of humor.
With all the five dollar words, multiple story lines, the vast amount of information on pantheons and even a meeting with Jesus to get boozed up and eat fish and chips and the constant and extensive violence- a person would assume that Kevin Hearne is writing these books for late teens and adults. Yet, after 4.5 books, and patiently waiting for when he and his apprentice finally get intimate- it was like reading someone that was 8 years old. It was a non-event. At the very least he could have described how he felt when he kissed her after waiting 12 years. Kevin spent more time describing baseball than what was supposed to be the culmination of his feelings for Gronuaile. Not the way a 2000 year old Druid would approach sex or love. I felt that this book was thin on plot, and the violence is just getting 'same old-same old'. I agree with others that this series is very similar in nature and pace to the Dresden series, but Jim Butcher has done a better job of character development and writes more comfortably and creatively about emotion. Not sure if I will continue with this series.
Luke Daniels did a wonderful job of reading this book and portraying the characters well.
Unwasted Words Reviews
For twelve years Atticus has enjoyed the relaxed less life threatening existence a presumed death inclines. The long process of training an apprentice has finally come and at the cusp of binding Granuaile to the earth, he's rudely interrupted by a few ghost from the not so distant past.
Someone's orchestrating a symphony of a set up, sending one supernatural after another trying to collect the bounty on the druids. Atticus will have to use all his two thousand plus years of experience to find a way to bind Granuaile and stay alive.
There is an upside to being turned down by publishers when you take the rejection and use the time to revise and rework the writing. I have to say that Tricked wasn't my favorite book in the series, it didn't have the same ease and edited air about it that Hounded, Hexed and Hammered had, so I was a bit hesitant about Trapped.
Fortunately I enjoyed this installment. I love Hearne's chic geek dialogue seamlessly blending fact, fiction, and pop culture to tell his stories. Coupled with his uncanny ability to commune with the canine mind, one can't help but laugh out loud. Hearne doesn't slack on the world building. I never feel anything but fully immersed in both the modern and imaginary. The author also manages to meld all the various mythologies and their worlds into a cohesive believable setting for his hero.
My only dislike is with the story line. I didn't feel the plot was challenging enough. There weren't very many alternate threads and the main story line didn't resolve for me. Trapped felt more like the first half of a book. But it was an entertaining beginning filled with lots of action, humor, and depth.
Luke Daniels never disappoints. He reads well, has an extensive stable of voices, you can tell he does his research, and really take the challenge Hearne provides with all the different cultures and languages and puts out a performance you want to listen to over and over again.
Overall I think Hearne is getting back into his stride and I can't wait for the next installment!
Well if your following the story, I would say yes. It doesn't pay to start with this book, you would have to read the first four to have it make sense.
I really can't say, I was disappointed with the ending, it left you knowing there will be another book because, you were just left hanging. That kind of annoyed me, because the other four could stand alone with a definite ending.
I've only listened to him doing this series, and he's wonderful with the different accents, and you defiantly know which character is speaking every time. If anything he really made the story more enjoyable.
Since there are Four books before this I think you couldn't do a stand alone movie.
I think that Kevin Hearne should have waited a bit and added to this book to make it more complete. Each of the other four books could stand alone and were very good. This one was kind of a let down because of the ending. Some one else mentioned that Jim Butcher's Dresden Files new book came out the same day # 14 "Cold Days" I listened to that already and as usual Butcher's books just get better and better. However, each of the books in the series, even though you should read in order to get full enjoyment, you can just pick anyone up and read a complete book. That is what this one book was missing it had a nice start up, and a good middle, but the end just hung there. I hope that book 6 comes out soon and doesn't do this kind of thing again.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Crazy Loki is here, that means it's time for final battle in which Atticus supposed to be a substitute for Thor, but apparently everyone started without him, Slavic plain of existence is burning, even one of the gods is running!!!
And here something shifts I can't say how but the idea of apocalypse got lost somewhere along the way.
Everything turned into a common theme of the previous books "Everybody are trying to get Atticus into trouble and he is reluctant to make new enemies"
I never stop comparing this series to "DRESDEN FILES" and this year new books in the series were released on the same day.Both series previous books ended on cliff hanger, but Dresden files wins this battle.Both books were great but this series can be more, much more, it lacks something important, I hope this something will be in the next book.
NEXT BOOK IS "HUNTED"
This title will be released on June 25, 2013.
This series captured me from the start and I have really enjoyed both the overall story and the performance of the narrator. However, in this book, a trend that started to emerge in the last book becomes very evident - our 'hero' is tainted by evil. The question is if he has always been that way, or if this is something relatively new? He kills without cause, shows little remorse over causing death and destruction to thousands, and has pretty much screwed up the actual universe because of his own petty pride. As much as I liked him to start with, I am starting to hope he gets served up the punishment he deserves. Pretty odd direction for an author to take a reader, but I am still interested in the series.
Kevin Hearne is AMAZING...and Luke Daniels is the BEST Audible Reader of the Male species...The story is NOT disappointing and I don't want to spoil it, but Something we really want to happen - happens...eeeeeekkkkkk....it is so exciting!!!!
I LOVE Aticus & Oberon's relationship and Granuale is Icing on the cake for the story...they all make a great team!!!
I have greatly enjoyed this series. It has other beings like werewolves, and vampires oh my. It has a quirky sense of humor that had me literally laughing out loud as I drove.
I absolutely love the apprentice. (can't spell her name because I've only heard it, not read it). However, Oberon has to be my favorite. I love how he has grown as a character, with a much greater vocabulary.
The voices! I know who is speaking by his portrayal.
My life has become just time passing between each new book in “The Iron druids Chronicles”. I try to pass the time by practicing lots of bacon puns, and a fair share of self deprecating humor. Unfortunately nothing seems to do the trick! Most other novels are just empty books, when compared to the banter between Atticus O’sulivan and his faithful dog Oberon.
When I finish this book my body will start to shake from the withdraw, and I will begin to sink into a deep depression until the next book. I am beginning to believe that this addiction could be unhealthy. So what ever you do, unless you want your life to be meaningless do not read this book! The good news is I am forming an “Iron Druids Chronicles support group”, for others out there that need support in this addiction. Hello my name is ________ and I am an Iron Druids Chronicles addict!
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
This book was a bit slower than usual and not as interesting however it was still great. I'm loving this series