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.
So, you know how you wait and wait for a book to come out, only to be slammed with the realization that you now want the next book even more than the one you just finished? Yeah. That.
I've enjoyed this series immensely, everything from the fresh characters and interesting plot to the epic narration. (yes, epic) This installment takes Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon on a run for their lives as Artemis and Diana seek revenge in typical Hearne style. And all the while, Loki and Hel are working up a good Ragnarok (the burning of the world) in the background. Granuaile is not my favorite character, so I wasn't in love with the fact that she has her own first person chapters in this book, but it was nicely done and I got used to it pretty fast. Oberon, however, is one of my all time favorite characters, so I was thrilled he got to come along in this adventure. He was actually a huge player this time, and though I was right there with everyone else yelling "more Oberon," when I listened, I was seriously worried that too much of a sidekick, comic relief (and let's face it - dog) character would be too much and ruin it for me. But that wasn't the case, because all I found myself doing was laughing. I can honestly see how an Oberon led short would work now. (hint, hint)
This series gets better and better. Had I any doubts about continuing the series, the epilogue would have crushed them, promising nothing but awesomeness for the next round.
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.
Read all the previous books in the series and enjoyed them enough to keep coming back. This will be my last. It was not good at all. So much worse than the previous installments.
There is no story here. He is chased across europe by a a pair of olympic gods who are beaten and respawn multiple times. Various other enemies randomly pop up for battles along the way. They get where they are going take a vacation and it's over. Nothing much happens. Nothing is resolved. We don't even find out who is the mastermind behind it all. It was boring , though short, and extremely disappointing.
Oberon has become nail gratingly annoying and now in about every scene. I used to like the small bits of dog comic relief but in this book Oberon just irritates. I was hoping he would get killed off.
Speaking of, the best character in the series does get killed off in a very sudden and unspectacular manner. Why? Don't get it.
There is just no reason to read any more of these for me. Another reviewer was correct, Dresden is a far superior series. Those books just keep getting better.
The Iron Druid books are out of gas as far as I'm concerned.
Some series start off strong, then get weaker - not this one. Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid continues to bring great enjoyment. The story remains fresh and entertaining. I cannot wait for the next installment.
I am sorry to see the death of one of the major characters in this installment; I am curious to see the contributions of the new character introduced at the end of this installment.
I agree with the readers that give this installment 5 stars. Luke Daniels narration is just perfect! Oh, there are a few things I could complain about, but they are so small as to be insignificant. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the other installments in this series. If you haven't read those yet, start there.
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.
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.
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)
Life-long book lover. Mother, wife, graphic designer.
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.
I loved Luke Daniels' narration. It was PERFECT! Flimsy plot/storyline. same old , same old. We've seen this in EVERY book of (Iron Druid). No character development AT ALL!! I just don't care about them anymore.
No. Just this series.
I would NOT read these ; only listen to with Luke Daniels.
Yes, it was quite short. However, I certainly do not think it's worth the $19+
Very disappointed. It's like the author just gave up! And so will I.