From the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles comes a rollicking, all-new urban-fantasy adventure featuring Atticus O’Sullivan. Atticus has a history of messing with the gods, and in this original novella, he’ll have to outfox a deity at her own deadly cat-and-mouse game.
When he’s not vanquishing villainous gods or dodging demons, 2,000-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan can be found behind the counter of Third Eye Books and Herbs in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, literally minding his own business. But when an evil sorcerer - and amateur shoplifter - snatches an ancient Egyptian tome of black magic, The Grimoire of the Lamb, Atticus is not sheepish about pursuing him to the ends of the earth...or at least to the Land of the Pharaohs.
Unfortunately Atticus already has enemies in Egypt - including cat goddess Bast, who wants her own book of mischief back from the Druid. In the streets of Cairo, she sends a feline phalanx after Atticus and his Irish wolfhound, Oberon. With fur still flying, Atticus must locate the sorcerer’s secret lair - where he will face killer crocodiles, spooky sarcophagi, and an ancient evil Egyptian who’s determined to order the sacrificial lamb special tonight.
Includes a bonus recording of the short story "Clan Rathskellar"!
©2013 Kevin Hearne (P)2013 Random House Audio
"Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series." (Kelly Meding, author of Three Days to Dead)
"[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the 21st century.... A snappy narrative voice...a savvy urban fantasy adventure." (Library Journal, on Hounded)
*That* was a total waste of money. The story isn't central to the ongoing events; it takes place in the past, probably about the time of the first book. The voice of the dog is always entertaining, but that didn't make it worth almost $10. Save yourself some money and buy it on Kindle for $3. It would be a quick read; I'm guessing about an hour. Shame on you, Audible, for charging so much for it.
Surprising without being manipulative. Fantasy with a new twist....Yes I worship Tolkien, but get tired of reading it over and over (different author, same basic story). So very glad I found this series! Hats off to you Kevin and thank you for the journey.
Love to read and I am really enjoying audible. Fantasy and sci fi are my faves but I also enjoy period novels and historical fiction.
Gave some backstory to the other novels
Oberon is terrific! He is smart and funny and keeps you on your toes
I've been listening to the Iron Druid Chronicles for some time now. This was the last that I listened to so far although it is the prequel to the whole series. The only problem with it is that it was too short. But considering that its a "side story", it works.
The story keeps you interested and it has a fresh feel when compared to the other books in the series; giving you a different feel of danger and adventure. Its quick paced but has moments for you to breathe so you don't feel like you need to keep going non stop.
The reader is also great. He's done all the audiobooks in the series so far and I've enjoyed his performance so far. Its easy to tell when someone else is talking, he makes appropriate noises when the moment allows it and he seems to really enjoy reading it that way. You get a real sense that he 'IS' the main character.
Overall. Super job! Love the books! and this would be a good spot to start since its technically a prequel to the first book.
He's witty, clever, funny and overall enjoyable
Any scene where he talks about bindings is interesting.
I DID listen to this in one sitting...minus a bathroom break and I got up to make food.
Cant wait for the rest of the books!
Funny Question... I wonder how many people both READ and LISTEN to the same book?
His trusty Druid in Training was not in this Novella.
I always like the voice of Oberon.. It's what I think a big dog might actually sound like if it could REALLY talk!
Funny.. but I don't read this book series to be "moved." I listen to laugh.
Entertaining quick listen.
A nice addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles. Follow Atticus as he tracks down a book thief who only wants to rule the world.
This is a nice short audio to get introduced to the Iron Druid series. The first couple hours or so Atticus is racing over to Egypt to recover a dangerous book that was stolen from him. His wolfhound Oberon talks him into taking him along. He runs into an old enemy Bast, the cat goddess, in which he had also stolen a book from her, and she sends all the cats after him and there are a lot of cats. There's a lot of action and humor and it was a pretty good short story.
Then there's a short excerpt from Hunted, the latest Iron Druid tale. After that there is another short story, maybe, not sure if it's part of another book, where Atticus helps out some gnomes.
The narrator was excellent and does a great Oberon.
Love the whole series and since there were no more books in the series, I had to go and read these shorter stories too. Can't stop reading these. I liked that since I already read the series, there was not a lot of background needed to enjoy.
I have been really enjoying this series so thought I would pick up the .5 prequel. I found it very disappointing.
The book started out well enough and then got bogged down into painfully detailed descriptions of what are supposed to be exciting chases and battles, detailed to the point of describing EVERY SINGLE SECOND. Every blow. Every "new bloom of pain." Every counter-blow. Every stagger. Every rising back up. Every counter move. Falling down again. Another pounce. Then another. Another blow. Another recovery. Plus every thought that occurs to him though the entire sequence.
Yes, it was just as boring as what I have described here. I suspect that it would have been exciting if filmed but this sounded like a director's blocking out of every bit of action. To be fair, it was not helped by Luke Daniels matter-of-fact delivery of the chase and/or fight scenes, but I believe the main fault was with the editor. They should have advised Hearne to cut it by at LEAST half.
The rest of the books are much better so I would advise just skipping over this one and going right to Book 1.
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