First off, I feel I need to mention the narrator- Luke Daniels- is one of the best readers that I have heard on an audiobook. His range is great, and he really brings the characters to life(I would heartily recommend the Foreworld series that he has also narrated). Don't go into this series expecting serious fantasy that will become a new religion for you, this is more of a comedy type fantasy. Well written with loads of nerdy cult references as well as a lot of interesting plot lines. I highly recommend for your entertainment.
Booked & Loaded
I have to admit that after the last book I debated if I should continue the series or not. I had some complaints about how one of my favorite characters, Atticus, was lacking in character development and although the stories are great...I wanted more! Well, b*****s, I got it in Hunted! To me character development is critical in a series.
Hearne wraps up a lot of loose ends in Hunted. With high action and the array of characters I have come to expect, I was entertained and captivated. Taking it a step further Hearne still leaves the ending open for more adventures that I cannot wait to explore. If you are a fan of this series, I don't think you will be disappointed! Hearne takes us on a more emotional ride than previous book in this series and I might have even got a little misty in the eyes at one point.
Granuaile begins to take on a much bigger role in Hunted and I enjoyed the feminine feel her personality added to the mix - a touch of diversity in the Iron Druid Chronicles as a whole. As a fantasy and/or urban fantasy Hunted doesn't miss its mark.
This audio book is brilliant. Luke Daniels knocks it out of the park and makes listening to Hunted a complete joy. With so many difficult pronunciations of different names listening to them spill effortlessly from Daniels takes the story to another level.
I enjoy the characters, the relationships, the concepts, the mythology, and the humor in these books. He's always in peril and makes some poor choices, but it's more balanced than in some of this genre. The series is meant to read in order and they wouldn't stand alone well. The narrator does a nice job with inflection, emotion, and voicing the characters.
Given all the difficulty Atticus has had after deciding not to run from Aengus Óg, it's a miracle he lived the first 2000 years. He is now dodging the Roman and Greek pantheon, while his partner in crime Granuaile tries to keep him alive and away from decisions that will make them any more enemies. This book had us driving around in the car because we didn't want to end it yet, which is true of all of the series. There are two things that happen in this book that I thought "he couldn't have written that!", one of which actually had me in tears. Vampire politics continue to affect the story, and his former friend seems to look at them as pieces on a chess board, protected if they continue to be useful and sent against opponents without asking permission or feeling guilt.
I look forward to the snarky comments Oberon brings to the text, and he is both comic relief and something of the 'sacred clown' who brings the focus back to what's important. I hope Granuaile will play a larger part as the series progresses, since her modern understanding of druidic identity is different than Atticus'. She has been raised in a thoroughly Western world view, and her ethics is different from his. I suspect revenge against her stepfather is not going to be able to be put off once they finally stop running for their lives - if they ever manage to stop running.I look forward to seeing what mischief they will get into next.
I can't imagine a better reader than Luke Daniels; he gives Oberon a voice that is truly his own, and I never have to stumble over the pronunciation or the accent. Even reading a female voice works; he doesn't engage in an annoying falsetto but you can tell whose voice it is.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
This one was really amazing... the start the middle the end all were great, although the ending was a bit slow and not full of action, still it was really good.
This book had the best beginning in my opinion, it started with a joke and damn funny joke too. but then the whole book was a mixture of emotions and that was a great thing here.
having a new druid is a great thing, and clever girl is making a really god druid. and don't forget our funny dog, he is damn damn funny in this book. i'm not going to say what jokes he kept on saying, but they were amazing.
This book was better than the one before, and i can't wait to get the next one.
Thanks to Kevin for this amazing series.
It is my understanding that the first three books in this series were already written before Hearne found a publisher. So who knows how long it took him to actually write them. For all we know the first three books could have taken him five years or even longer. Time to develop the plot; time to fiddle with them and rewrite. But the first book made such a big splash that the publisher went crazy. More! they shouted. Write more. Write quickly. Faster, faster, faster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And now it has come to this.
I really liked the first few books. But I didn't like Book 5 much. And I couldn't finish this one. I literally kept falling asleep during it. Or my mind would wander. I've tried three times, starting up from where I left off, but it is just so incredibly dull. A paragraph or two to introduce some new supernatural creature I never heard of before, two more paragraphs of Oberon jokes, a bare mention of Granuale, a page or two of battle to destroy the supernatural creature that we barely know and do not care about (some of them come back for seconds and thirds), they run a bit. Then repeat. Over and over and over.
What I'm saying is that it DIDN'T take five or more years to write the last three books, and it shows. There was no time to develop a plot or revealing information about a few major characters because Hearne's publisher had given him a deadline. I hope that Hearne will take a deep breath, slow down and think hard. And then resist that handful of poisoned candy the publisher is holding out to him. The first three or four books show that he has talent. I hope that his needy publisher will not ruin any hope for him to develop into the writer he could be by pushing him too hard too soon.
This is the sixth installment of the Iron Druid Chronicles. We are getting closer and closer to Ragnarok. I have found this to be a very enjoyable series and I am always looking forward to the next book in the series. If you have enjoyed the previous books then you will enjoy this one too. Atticus is finding himself in tougher and tougher situations to over come but that is all part of the fun.
The seventh book in the series is: Shattered (TBA 2013)
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It seems like everyone is out to get Atticus and Granuaile, the world’s last two druids. They’re running from the goddesses Artemis and Diana, the vampires and dark elves want them dead, and Loki and his daughter Hel need to kill Atticus so they can unleash Ragnarok on the world. As the title tells, Atticus, Granuaile and their dog Oberon are being hunted in this sixth novel of Kevin Hearne’s IRON DRUID CHRONICLES. The hunt takes them across Europe, including the English Channel. It’s stressful for our heroes, but the gods find the whole thing pretty entertaining.
I don’t want to mention much more of the plot of Hunted — you’ll understand why when you read it. If you’re a fan of the series, you probably don’t need any encouragement to pick up this book. Likely all you really want to confirm is that Hearne is keeping up his end of the author-reader bargain: we’ll buy his books if he keeps entertaining us with great characters, fun plots, and his geeky sense of humor. If that’s all you need to know, rest assured — your money and time will be well spent. This is another exciting installment in the IRON DRUID CHRONICLES and everything we expect is here. I thought Hunted was better than the previous book, Trapped.
But wait, there’s more! In Hunted, for the first time, Hearne gives us Granuaile’s perspective; some of the chapters are written from her POV, and that is nicely done. Also, this installment is particularly emotional. Kevin Hearne always makes me laugh, but this time he actually made me cry. Though the plot is mostly one long chase scene, it’s never dull, there’s plenty of loss and love, characters get hurt and some of them die, and the story advances. At the end, the world is significantly different than it was at the beginning. Alliances have shifted and Ragnarok is coming…
All this, plus dwarves, Polish witches, rolling heads, a manticore, Japanese television, and Girl Scout cookies.
I’m still listening to the awesome audiobook version read by Luke Daniels.
The story was missing direction and flow, just seemed scattered. If you like the series then I would certainly get it, however if you decide to forgo this one, you won't miss much.
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My husband and I are very advid fans of the series. We are always excited when another book comes out. We were equally as excited when Hunted was released. That is, until we listened to it.
Luke Daniels does an excellent narrative as always. His Oberon voice always makes me smile. But the narrative couldn't make up for the staleness of the story. Once again, Atticus is running from certain death. He is still harboring ill-feelings towards Leif. But for some reason Kevin Hern decided to narrate from Gronuail's p.o.v. . It has turned her into the female Atticus, not the Gronuail we came to love. It has been so difficult to get passed the first few chapters. Even two months later, I am still struggling to get passed them.
I feel let down by this book in the series.