Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he's twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he's hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power - plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish - to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
This is book one of the Iron Druid Chronicles series. If you would like to hear more, you will find the first chapter of book two – Hexed – at the end of this recording.
©2011 Kevin Hearne (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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"power fantasy and poor dialog"
Personally i've read YA books with far better dialog and much better plot.
no, not unless this first book turns out to have been something he wrote at 12 years old, and that he has improved as a writer since.
was very good, cant complain.
Heres the thing, when the hero of our story explains to us, the reader, that showing power and threatening others wont get you out of a fight in the long run, and that it is much better to make friends. Then you think "hey sounds like he has spend 2 thousand years learning something". That get ruined when he litterally in the next sentence threatens someone directly and then bragging about his powers to a potential ally.
Also the dog, has the crummiest, most cringe-worthy lines in any book ive ever read. Its supposed to be endearing and funny, and a lot of the personalities, tones and dialog clearly showes homage to someone like Jim Butcher, but it is just not very well done. Cannot recommend.
"possibly the best book in the series!"
the book that got me into audio books, I love it. I'm still more of a fan of Luke Daniels reading, but this is still cool.
second so far after the game of thrones had to have a duvet day to listen to it
It was very different to the books I listen too, my imagination was working overtime, loved the conversations with his dog.
there were many enjoyed the one at the end but dont want to ruin it for other people
no crying but a lot of smiling
am now goin to buy the next one in the series!!!!!
"Very pleasantly surprised."
Didn't expect the book to be what it is. Looking forward to next one. If you are in to God's and monsters this is a good entertainment.
"Brilliant start to a great series"
I enjoyed Kevin Hearne's writing style, it was funny, clever, and entertaining. As an author, he is very knowledgeable on his subject matter and you realise that he has either done a mass of research or is already an enthusiast in Fae lore and various mythologies. With this in mind his writing style is effective in that it uses his knowledge to enrich his story weaving an interesting tapestry of characters and interactions. His love of literature also shines through which he peppers his story with and this also enriches the flavour of the tale and allows the listener to become immersed; his writing has the flavour of authenticity that is all too often missing from many such tales.
In the hands of a less skilled writer, the lead character Atticus would be overly aggressive, unlikeable, intellectually challenged, and "obvious" as too many heroes are. However Kevin Hearne is a great story teller and manages to create a many faceted character. The comedic nature of Kevin's writing also shines through, and he manages to give Atticus a robust sense of humour which only seems to add some realism since humour would probably be important for a person to live as long as he had and still be thriving.
As with many (all?) fiction/fantasy stories there are some inconsistencies, but these were not so great as to jar me from the tale.
Atticus may have been given too many powers; if you make your character pretty much invincible its hard to really fear for his safety unless you ramp up the danger factor to incredible proportions but on balance the great danger factor does make things more interesting and is done in such an entertaining and dramatic way that I love it all the same.
This book is also not sexually explicit or lurid which is good, I have read too many fantasy books that triggered a gag reflex. However Atticus's taste in women is that of a teen describing pin-up models which I found a little bit facile and lacking in depth for a 2000 year old druid.
Christopher Ragland's reading was great. Not only clear but also giving brilliant performances for each character in keeping with the style and tone of the tale. I enjoyed his portrayal of Oberon. As a character Oberon provides much mirth and jocularity in the tale.
If you are looking for a substitute for the Dresden Files, this is not it. This book is light hearted, funny and very entertaining.
"Not quite Dresden.... but good effort!"
With regards to this, I was after an alternative Urban fantasy after reading all of the Dresden files and SImon Greer. It started slow with regards to plot, and a quick introduction of characters but at about the half way point the story unfolded into something I had to continually listen to so a pleasant surprise! I would recommend it as a jumping of point into Urban fantasy but would like more back story of the main character in the next book. It should also be noted that the speech of Oberon is hilarious :-)
"A book that wants to run with the big boys"
yes and no, again i find in many books these days that authors are feeling there way out in the world and that for the most part i hate being the experiment that is used as the bouncing bored for world development.
yes i did and all, while lacking the wit of other urban fantasy he tries his best. Oberon makes these books and thats the truth.
the narration was adequet
there is a part in the book where the young man who is irish has just killed a man. an old irish lady goes protests untill the man says he's british. he mistakes the english octupation of island as the british. two very diffrent things as the irish have nothing against the scots or the welsh. just a small annoying bit.
"Not quite as good I'd hoped."
Was hoping to find a good replacement until the next Dresden file, this wasn't it.
"Lacking in tension and pace"
Add tension. At no point was I on the edge of my seat with his fights, trysts and relationships. Make me feel it, don't just tell me.
An interesting story but very YA. This is a 2000 year old druid and his total intellectual stimulation comes from... a dog? He'd super clever, but at no point did the author make me feel his brilliance. He just listed some achievements like a resume.
"loving it :)"
I love the story, it revolves around the main character who happens to be a really really old druid called Atticus, which is refreshing, having been overloaded with vampires, witches and the fae these days.
Having said that though, we do encounter these sub cultures.
the story is told in modern day but deals with age old problems of the old Gods and such like. The narrator performs really well and make the story even better.
i liked the narration, his voice worked well with the story and uses different tones, some audiobooks are read by someone monotone and its really boring, but Mr Ragland works a treat :)
I work really early in the mornings and this story and Mr Ragland have kept me company!
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