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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I will continue with this series and buy Hex as this was a lively introduction into a contemporary fantasy set in Modern day USA. It mashed the old worlds and new effectively and even mocked itself on occasions. Probably as Buffy did.
There were enough laughs to contrast with the death and destruction here, as well as the gradual development of the protagonist Atticus, although this will need to continue rapidly in the next installment if this character is to escape its current two dimensional nature. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is much superior, with more convincing characterisations. Perhaps this is to do with the Hearn's none too convincing notion that the protagonist looks and behaves like a 21 year old stud, to the degree that he beds several gods in the story?
Although there was little thought of moral dilemmas here (normal humans mean little to the Druid or Gods and are destroyed with little thought), there is a kind of code becoming evident, again this will need enhancing to keep the audience hooked.
So 8/10 - if fantasy in contemporary setting is your thing this will fill a gap.
"good light reading"
I am dyslexic and like being read to, the words don't try to leave the page, reader has a good voice for the book and sounds like he is enjoying reading it
the arrival of the Old Ones ( God and Goddesses
enjoyed it all
looking forward to the rest of the series,
"Not a bad introduction into Urban Fantasy"
My first try at an urban fantasy book - and now I want more. I may have to alternate between epic and urban fantasy now.
Story – 3.5/5
I found that this book took a while to get going, but by the time I was at the halfway point, I was thoroughly enjoying it and couldn’t stop. It is very light on the ears, so you can easily listen while doing something else.
There is plenty of action, some mildly funny moments involving his pet wolfhound, and a large cast of well thought out immortal characters such as vampires, werewolves, witches, druids (obviously) and Gods. It is also narrated in the first person if you prefer that sort of thing (I can personally take it either way).
I think the only real problem I had with it is that I never got a good sense that Atticus was ever in any real danger.
Performance – 4/5
Christopher Ragland’s narration was very good – he incorporated the acting voice of Atticus, the main character, being as it was written in first person. All other voice acting was also very good, with each character having a distinctly recognisable voice. His style added very nicely to the light nature of the story
Overall – 4/5
Apologies for the star ratings not matching the written review, I am forced to round halves on Audible.
I was a bit skeptical about this book at first but i decided to give it a go as it was on offer. I am now on my third book from this series and i would have to say that the first was the most entertaining of the lot so far, but there are others out there just waiting to be purchased.
I found myself laughing out loud at part of this book especially at some of oberons comments - can highly recommend this if you are looking for a light hearted book that will make you smile.
Loved everything! Oberon is the best character ever!
The old widow's offer to use her back garden to bury the body in.
I haven't listened to Christopher Ragland before, I would have no problem listening to him again as I thought he was one of the best narrators I have heard so far, his British accent was a bit odd and strained, but I forgive him as he is a wonderful story teller.
Yes, I listened to the entire series in in about two weeks! I like to have a good story on whilst cooking, cleaning and ironing, it makes mundane chores more bearable!
These books are very similar to The Dresden Files, expect they don't have Dresden's constant irritating moralising, are much better written, and are also really funny. If you like entertaining fantasy stories these books are for you! I cant wait for the next one, Thanks Mr Hearne, I really enjoyed your world!!!
"Dont waste your credit"
There is nothing better for any book enthusiast, than to find a story that pulls us into its world within the first few pages, where the characters are so well presented and so coherent we almost feel like we know them. Interesting, engaging and addictive. This book has none of that. It almost felt like a foreword or an intro to a story that is about to happen... except that it never does. At lest not in the first 3 1/2 hours, after which I gave up and deleted it from my laptop. I know the amount of good ratings about this book is baffling, but don't waste your credit.
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