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)
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 enjoy reading (and listening to) Books! I have enjoyed fantasy and history the most, but more recently I have been brodening my horizon.
I didnt have naything better to do while driving too and from work, so I guess the time was well spent.
I live the first three Iron Druid books, and book six was very good, I hope they continue like 1,2,3, and 6.
Oberon is the best!
Avid in Car listener who commutes about 3 hours per day. Audible keeps me sane in LA traffic.
Confortable format and Characters. Though many are mentioned we only get lip service to many from the main series. Good story that incorporates a lot from the full series
Slightly shallow story for this series and I will most likely pass on Novella's in the future. Story was sort of like eating leftovers from a good meal. Still very good but more of the same you had before. Not a lot of new things just warmed over from the last few books. Hope the next full sized novel brings in some new characters and adds some new twists.
These books are fantastic and the Narrator is really fantastic. There are quite a few laugh out loud moments. Quite enjoyable series...can't wait for the next in the series.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
I was glad to have two stories in one for this installment to the Iron Druid series! I was slightly amused by the sneak peak we got for the next full length book in the series. And! I loved visiting with Atticus and Oberon once again.
If you are a fan of the series, don't miss out on this because the great Luke Daniels is back to give the voices we love to the characters we know. If you haven't read the series? Well then you can start with this if you like because it doesn't spoil any of the following books.
If you like urban fantasy, this series is great and different in the fact that its told by a druid. It's fun and filled with twists and turns and I can't rec it enough!
Fans of the Dresden files would enjoy it, I think. Maybe even fans of Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong but expect adventure and the like, not ooey gooey romance.
I'm a big fan of the Iron Druid series. Luke Daniels is a master with this material. Hearne's storytelling fits the novella mold just as well as it does the full length novel. Take the plunge - read this one!
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