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Grimoire of the Lamb: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella | [Kevin Hearne]

Grimoire of the Lamb: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 05-08-13
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Novella, Side Adventures Before Book 1"

    In this novella there are two stories and an excerpt for book 6 hunted (about 8 minutes). Both stories have a little of Oberon in them in case you are wondering. They take place before Granuaile as well.

    The primary story involves an ancient book in Atticus's collection that leads him on a journey to Egypt. Here he must deal with Bast, God of cats, Sobek, God of crocodiles, evil wizards, and demons. This one was a lot of fun and anything that involves Oberon and cats is always a good fit.

    Next, a short chapter presenting a preview of hunted is given. Then the last story is about clan Rathskeller, which takes place ten months before the book hounded. This one is about gnomes and fairies and is about fifty minutes long.

    This may not be the best value for your buck on audible, but well worth it if you enjoy the series thus far. I liked this novella better than his last. Again, these are prequels to the current book and I hope Kevin Hearne in the future makes more of these side adventures.

    The narration is always excellent. I don't think we could stand for having anyone else but Luke Daniels for the voice of Oberon.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    noreen.thompson Chilliwack,b.c. Canada, BC, Canada 07-12-13
    noreen.thompson Chilliwack,b.c. Canada, BC, Canada 07-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "**Do not read 0.5 first! Start at Book 1(Hounded)"
    What did you love best about Grimoire of the Lamb?

    I finished the six books and decided to try the novellas in the series. I enjoyed this one. I liked getting a little glimps of what all went on in his life before the big adventure he is on now. Its a cute little read and it goes right along with what you would expect him to get caught up in


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    He makes the Series. Ill never be able to listen to him read another series now, he is Atticus.


    Any additional comments?

    ******************* I understand that it is book 0,5 because it took place at the begining of his adventures, but I just want to maybe recomment changing that. It was a great story, but its really not anything compareable to book 1, and I think when people go to start the series they follow the books in order. Might just be me but I am not sure if 0.5 would have hooked me on the series if I had started with it. Book 1 was so much more in depth, and made you want to read more. But thats not to say I didnt enjoy it :)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    cory EUREKA, CA, United States 05-18-13
    cory EUREKA, CA, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2009

    I have always loved reading, helping people to find a passion for these amazing books lead me to work in a local bookstore.

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    "Not quite what it advertised"

    When I ordered this book I thought "Hey 3 hours of Iron Druid is better than 10 hours of something less fun." What I got was closer to two hours of Iron Druid and an hour of a random chapter of an upcoming Iron Druid I will buy when it comes out.
    If two hours of a book are worth a credit to you go for it and enjoy!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie dayton, ME, United States 05-08-13
    Laurie dayton, ME, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Love me some Atticus and Oberon"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Grimoire of the Lamb to be better than the print version?

    Luke Daniels is Atticus and Oberon. I have all the books in print as well, BUT Mr. Daniels is the voice


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a fan of this genre BUT can not wait for each book in the Iron Druid series. The Novellas are a great way to get the back story and to pass the time waiting for the newest book.Kevin Hearne has become our family and friend's favorite author.We rarely agree on books BUT the Iron Druid series makes us all join together to enjoy them!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chase FRANKLIN, TN, United States 11-21-13
    Chase FRANKLIN, TN, United States 11-21-13
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    "good but wanted more"

    Ok so first off have to tell you this. Grimoire of the Lamb is the first store on the book which is about 2 hours, then you get a random chapter from the 6th book. THEN AFTER the chapter (which is about 10-12 minutes) another story, Clan Rathskeller, starts which is 45-50 minutes.

    Why they choose to separate the stores with a random chapter is very strange and from the other reviews, confusing to many and those skip the 2nd story. Recommend you skip this, its not even the 1st chapter which even makes it make less sense.

    Anyways Grimoire of the Lamb is a good story. I like the inclusion of different gods other than the Irish or Greek variety. Its a good story with a little bit of over the top action narration (from the author not the reader) that is ok but something that was probably a 5 minute scene takes place over what seems to be 10-15 minutes, even so its not THAT bad.

    Clan Rathskeller is great too. I think this is more read like Hounded (the first book) which ties in nicely.

    Overall satisfied with the stories but for the same price as the first three books it seems a little excessive. Should probably be about half the cost. I wish that Hearne would have just written these into its own full book. I understand his "9 book" reason but cmon SUPPLY AND DEMAND! Good stories, awesome Iron Druid fun. For a fan of the series, this will feed your need even if it is just for a little bit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 08-20-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "Fun short story"
    If you could sum up Grimoire of the Lamb in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, action, enjoyable


    What other book might you compare Grimoire of the Lamb to and why?

    Any of his other books. This also is in the ballpark of Jim Butcher as they are similar in tone. Plus, this series is getting better while the Dresden files is kind of in a lull at this point.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Everything, he does a great job. Can't say enough good things about his portrayal of Oberon. I wouldn't enjoy the books nearly as much without that character


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually spend credits on a short story but this one is worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 07-22-13
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "Cute as a button"

    This is a shorter work, but it's darling. It has Oberon with Atticus, and that is a grand combination. This is the first time I've seen Atticus work with Egyptian gods, but it's very fun, light and witty. A good read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica St Paul, MN, United States 05-08-13
    Jessica St Paul, MN, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Luke Daniels is Atticus O'Sullivan!!!!!"

    This book is a prequel to the Iron Druid series as a whole. The book is entertaining, it is just Atticus and Oberon with a brief appearance by Hal and The Widow (I really miss her). The whole Egyptian pantheon makes for an interesting story, and is something that I hope will be further explored at some point in the future. As always, Oberon gets the best lines- when he got his mind blown it cracked me up. I am not a fan of short stories or novellas within a full length series but Hearne does pretty well in that it doesn't feel super rushed and while I wished it had been longer, there weren't a ton of loose ends at the end of the story. Hunted cannot come out soon enough, all the excerpt did was whet my appetite for more. The short story was an added bonus, it's free on his website so I'd read it already but hearing Luke Daniels read it was pretty awesome. Love this series. Love Kevin Hearne. Love Luke Daniels. Love this story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael GALVESTON, TX, United States 05-16-13
    Michael GALVESTON, TX, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "way too short"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read the entire series and thoroughly enjoyed it. This story was good, but it is only two hours long. The last hour is a preview of another book in the series. I don't think that it was worth a credit. That's one person's opinion.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary United States 05-08-13
    Rosemary United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2011

    Romi

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    "Waste of Money"

    *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.

    14 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    "Great short short story"
    Any additional comments?

    Another great episode in the Iron Druids life. But no offence to the narrator of this episode but he hasn't got the voices right at all, especially Oberons. I really prefer Christopher Ragland's narration of the rest of he series. However this episode is Definatley worth a listen.

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