For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok - AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living - and still have a world to live in.
©2013 Kevin Hearne (P)2013 Random House Audio
"An exciting mix of comedy, action, and mythology... [Atticus] is one of the best main characters currently present in the urban fantasy genre." (Fantasy Book Critic, on Tricked)
"Superb...eminently readable...plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." (Publishers Weekly, on Hounded)
This is my favorite series right now. I cannot wait to see what Ragnarok and the Norse pantheon will throw at our heroes. I am saddened by the death in the beginning but excited by the two new characters introduced at the end. The bit where Granuaile gets her own chapters is a little weird, but I get why. I wonder if it will be the same in the next book. Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator for these books. He is pretty much spot on all the way through. Awesome addition to the series, but it just makes waiting for the next installment that much harder.
The stories are awesome alone. However, Luke Daniels adds another layer of awesomeness to the stories. He is by far and above my favorite male narrator. I like him so much that I sometimes but audible books just because he's reading them!!
Makes the half hour drive feel like 10 minutes! This is the best way to listen to books... driving to school with my moody teen, and we both just sink into a story and relax. Then right before school we talk about what we listen to and how cool the story was.
work with children and dogs, so fantasy is a wonderful distraction!
As always, the plot is well thought out and delivered. Can't get enough of Oberon!
I am a bigger fan of the Dresden Files, but while between books I decided to devour this series. It's improving as it goes and while it's not the same, it's strangely satisfying when I crave simple fantasy. Terrific performance makes all
If a book can make me laugh out loud, then its doing something right. This series does a lot of things right. I enjoy the characters in this series, even when they die. The cornucopia of mythological references is great fun, and the narrator, while not always perfect with pronunciation, does such a great job with each individual voice that I don't even mind. Great pairing,.Well worth investing the time to explore this series.
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: The end of Hunted was a little to abrupt and it felt like nothing really happened in the story. I still love the characters but this book in the series left me wanting.
Story Thoughts: Let me start with this, even though I did not enjoy Hunted as much as the rest of the series there was still the Kevin Hearne writing that we all know and love. I can't pinpoint exactly where the book and I didn't connect. I wasn't a fan of having things told from Granuaile's POV but only because she didn't sound like her old quippy self. I like her as a character but her POV parts just felt odd. I did like her in the story when it was from Atticus or Oberon though. Also, it felt like there was a lot of action but not a lot going on in Hunted. Yes, there were allies made and bad guys defeated (sort of) but it felt like one big peace treaty negotiation. Nothing wrong with that but Hunted felt more like filler (every series always has that one book that feels that way, this was this series book). Would I read it again? As part of a series reread absolutely. Do I think it would have worked better for me if I could read the next book? Probably.
Character Thoughts: I love Kevin Hearne's characters. They are the reason I love this series. Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile are supported by some great characters from Mythology/Folklore/Kevin's Imagination. There were a few sad moments in Hunted and now there are some characters that will no longer be with us. I will miss them but my favorites are still around. You can't go wrong with The Iron Druid characters. They just rock!
Narrated By Luke Daniels / Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
Luke Daniels is awesome! Seriously I could listen to him read the telephone book. However, he excels at Atticus and Oberon. He is the characters in the Iron Druid series. I couldn't imagine anyone but him reading them. If you haven't listened to Luke Daniels read/act/bring to life The Iron Druid Chronicles then you are missing out. I highly recommend him.
Final Thoughts: Even though this wasn't my favorite, Hunted still had its fun moments. Don't miss out on the brilliance that is Oberon and Atticus. They do have their moments!
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