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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.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
I've dutifully dropped credits on all the issues of this series so far and been generally satisfied. The action has remained strong, the magical intrigue among the various pantheons is getting stronger and the the story, as always, is well paced.
I plan to keep reading this series, but I am noticing a growing problem with Atticus, the main character. Hearne is trying hard to drive the quips and jokes through pop culture references mostly told by the Iron Druid himself. This is getting more and more forced and I think it is starting to eat the core of the main character.
Atticus is supposed to be a 2000+ yrs. old druid with the wisdom of years and a pressing concern with preserving the health of the earth, self-preservation, and passing his knowledge on to his protege, not to mention spending quality time with his dog. He has a lot on his mind. He (including his internal monologue) talks like an idle twentysomething who spent the last three years in front of his computer all day ritualistically refreshing buzzfeed and quickmeme. Up to now, I had generally liked the way he had made such references, but now it's getting too thick. It's fantasy, and it's ok for a character from a different era to dig Coen Brothers' movies. Just don't overdo it and it will be fine.
The only bad thing about these books are that we have to wait for the next book. I am out of stuff to listen to until August for Warbound and the next Dresden Files.
This is my favorite series right now. I cannot wait to see what Ragnarok and the Norse pantheon will throw at our heroes. I am saddened by the death in the beginning but excited by the two new characters introduced at the end. The bit where Granuaile gets her own chapters is a little weird, but I get why. I wonder if it will be the same in the next book. Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator for these books. He is pretty much spot on all the way through. Awesome addition to the series, but it just makes waiting for the next installment that much harder.
entertaining, engaging, non-stop-action
Luke Daniels is amazing. His voice is incredibly well suited to playing Atticus and his voices for the other characters are also expertly done (especially Oberon!). I'm often annoyed by male narrators' voices for female characters, but I have never once run into that problem with Daniels. I love his narration so much that I'm searching for other fantasy novels narrated by him (and I've never before sought out books based solely on the narrator).
This whole series has been amazing and I never want it to end. I wish each book was longer but their brevity is part of their appeal. I typically prefer to delve into epic fantasy series, but I gave the first book in the Iron Druid Chronicles a try because I was looking for a light, quick "read" to give me a break from the emotional investment that comes along with being wrapped up in a long, heavy epic fantasy story. Each installment in this series has been fun and generally light, and I always enjoy listening to them. I usually don't like stories that take place on modern-day Earth because I prefer being transported to entirely new fantasy worlds. But these stories have enough magic to keep me satisfied, and the way Hearn interweaves gods from a variety of cultures and times into the plot is intriguing and compelling. In the sixth book, I started to miss some of the characters from the earlier books that have necessarily (based on where the story-line has gone) taken on smaller roles. These books are just serious enough to put me on the edge of my seat with anxiety for the fate of the main characters, but the overall tone of the books is still light enough that I always come away from them in a better mood than when I started listening.
I love this series. I have had a really great time listening to the story develop and this last installment is just as good as the first. The characters and story line have fully developed and the action is really quite enthralling. Often with fantasy books they are just brain candy and that's it, however you might find that you actually learn a few tidbits of history. I find that with this series the author mixes Irish Faerie Lore, Norse Mythology, Roman/Greek Pantheon and other realms quite believably without going too far off the rails as far as written history and lore are concerned. This helps with the suspension of disbelief and creates a rich and interesting mindscape that any listener can escape to. I highly recommend starting at the beginning of the series so that the book is understandable, however the author does keep the reader aprised of previous events so one could read this without the others.
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).
Hunted was a definite treat. Fast paced and incredibly exciting, it’s a great addition to the series.
The plot was very exciting, with several twists that were freaking unbelievable. I promise you’ll be at the edge of your seat while reading/listening. The beginning was one of the best in the whole series and I teared up by what happened at the beginning and around 1/3 in. I’m glad we were able to see some emotional pain from Atticus. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the series is lighthearted, but you cannot live 2000+ years without some pain and I’m glad we saw some of that.
I think the book had problems with pacing though. There was so much running around at the beginning – I was so tired on their behalf…I just kept thinking ‘can you please rest a bit?’ – that the end fell a bit flat. I did like it better than the last one because we saw some two very emotional scenes and I think that’s been missing from the series.
It was great to have Granuaile’s POV. It gave me a different perspective on Atticus’ character and it was interesting to see her take on being a Druid. Also, I loved how kick-ass she’s become! She’s definitely holding her own. One thing that bothered me about her character was her penchant to play the disapproving Mommy when men were making off-color jokes. None of the jokes were malicious so I didn’t like her role as ‘defender of womanhood.’ It made her seem like she had a stick up you know what.
As usual, Luke Daniels was awesome. He can do the accents, women’s voices, the serious parts, the funny ones. This is definitely one of the best series in audio out there. If you’ve never listened to an audiobook and are curious, please try this one out. You will thank me for the recommendation.
I would listen to this over and over. I'm sure it's a fine book on its own but as it fits in the overall story it brought me low and picked me up again. All the humor and action from the rest of the series with a few moments that really pull at the heart strings thrown in. I love this series and this book shines particularly.
Can't pick, love them all.
I've heard the whole "Iron Druid Chronicles" but nothing else from Luke Daniels. I promise I will be looking for more of his now though. His performance in Hunted was possibly his best yet and that's saying something.
Yes. I found mindless jobs at work, I cooked, and did the dishes all so I wouldn't be disturbed as I made my way through this book. I'm not proud that I shooed my wife away but some times you just need a moment to appreciate the story. She got diner and a clean sink... It all worked out fine... She was only briefly concerned about the tears. I used onions as my cover.
I love this series. I love this book. Kevin Hearn is great and so is Luke Daniels. Together they are unstoppable.
I have always thought of this series as a "Five Star" winner...until this installment.
All the things that made me like Atticus so much in the beginning of the series are gone. I miss the tipsy Widow MacDonagh railing against the British and Mr. Semerdjian with his nosiness and hatred of doggy doo. I even miss Helgerson and Hauk. Those people (I use that term loosely as all were not "people" per se) in that neighborhood rooted Atticus in place and and humanized him. They gave the series cohesiveness in the beginning.
I realize that story must move forward, but this whole book was like a long, long LONG roller coaster ride with Atticus, Oberon and Granuaile sort of hanging on for dear life. All of them were moving very fast, rushing headlong toward....? Home? There is no home anymore. Family? There is no family other than themselves. Friends? They keep being killed off. Like all roller coaster rides, for all the speed and hair-raising loops the ride always ends right where it began.
I really didn't feel like this installment moved the story along too much. Something is just "off" about this one. I fear the dreaded "storyline degradation" so common in long series may have taken root, replacing Atticus' roots with its own.
Luke Daniels delivered his usual stellar performance. Thank goodness for that. It was about the only thing that kept me from crying in disappointment at the end of this one.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I don't think anyone would consider the Iron Druid anything but pleasant fluff reading. But this slides unpleasantly into the uck zone when Granielle starts to proclaim her love for Atticus in iambic pentameter. Please!
This is a cute series, but this is a low point in it. The plot is nonexistent and Granielle is too teenage for tolerance. Her voice in the reading does not improve matters.