Iron Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne's epic New York Times best-selling urban fantasy series, has a point to make - and then drive into a vampire's heart.
When a druid has lived for 2,000 years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber.
Now the toothy troublemakers - led by power-mad Theophilus - have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand. As always, Atticus wouldn't mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own.
Ill-tempered archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: turns out when you stiff a troll, it's not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki's mark and elude his powers of divination - a quest that will bring her face to face with several Slavic nightmares.
As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis, Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won't come without a price: in order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.
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"Atticus and his crew are a breath of fresh air.... I love, love, love this series." (My Bookish Ways)
"This is one series no fantasy fan should miss. Mystery, suspense, magic and mayhem." (SciFi Chick)
"Neil Gaiman's American Gods meets Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden." (SFFWorld)
Much less girl druid talking.
tired and bored
All of the secondary characters (Druids)
The book is good from the point of view of the Druid, very boring from his companions.
I like to listen to books that would keep me on my feet, horrors, suspense, mystery, thrillers, dragons, magic.. lets just say a good read
Can't wait for the next book to come out! this was truly an awesome book as usual. sad parts and all.
"enjoyable, but not Kevin's best work."
I personally missed luke Daniels narrating, the first few chapters were taken up by getting used to a new narrator. once that was done, I settled in and enjoyed the book enough, although not my favorite title in the series, enjoyable. I do however get the feeling it was a book to link a couple of books together, rather than advance the story.
loved it wish it was longer now sad I have to wait ages for more books.
this was a great continuation of some fabulous characters
loved every minute of it and more
"more more need more"
I can't get enough of the iron druid saga. An excellently constructed world. It's a true masterpeice with outstanding characters. Even the comedy side kick has cult status. Oberon is the single greatest story tool I've encountered. it's rare that a book series generates so many beloved characters; any one of which would be deserving of their own book series. Kevin's wealth really is in the stunning diversity of his rich and we'll constructed characters.
more please :-)
"more great druidry"
another great book in the iron druid chronicles if you liked the others you will love this!
"Nigel rides again"
Love the series But. Staked seems more like a rushed filler, than the content rich earlier books in the series. Not helped by a change of narrator. After Luke Daniels it was a few chapters before I could settle in with the new voices. please change back. The book seems to be a stretched novelette trying to bring the story lines together. enjoyable but not the best in the series. Kevin Hearne is a great writer, he is up there with Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files " and the "Rivers of London " from Ben Aaronovich. So hopefully we will be back to quality in the next book.
"A fine continuation of the chronicles"
Ragland does an OK job. A good story. Keeps you interested all the way.
"Vampires, gravey and bath time stories"
I loved the story
I would compare the series to
Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka
Skulduggery pleasant by Derek Landy
The narration of Christopher Ragland is as part of the characters as Kevin Hearne for me. He continues to alternate between the three of them, and it's clear which one you're following. the warmth and familiarity his story telling is a joy to listen to.
the humour and connection to the characters is what makes this series for me
I have never been interested in writing a review before however the adventures of Atticus, Granuaile and Owen have compelled be to share my love of these stories. the characters, places and mythology woven throughout out the series keeps me listening and wanting to know what next!
I have loved staked and following Atticus, trying to sort things out!. Granuaile continues to grow reflecting on her self and facing some of her own issues, while Owen is just figuring out his place in the 21st century. Keven continues to draw from the ocean of mythology and take us to ever more interesting destinations and revisiting some familiar characters.
I absolutely love this series and cant wait for the next instalment by Kevin Hearne
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