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)
I like black tea, crossword puzzles, food, yarn, and my boyfriend. Everything else is hit or miss.
I would and have! The story is great, no doubt about it, and this is the most emotional installment so far. Luke Daniels is what makes the audiobooks so engaging though, and it's why I always recommend people listen to this one rather than read.
Wanted to and very nearly did. =D
Luke Daniels, you're my narrational hero.
I love this series! Hearne is a master at writing humor with a deft hand. I especially love his interactions with Oberon. And though I am a big fan, I have to say that I just don't like Granuail...I get really tired of he constant waxing poetic about talking to nature...it's over the top...as is her insistence on calling the earth elementals female. She's just a bit over the top, however she has redeemed herself in this book for she is a really bad-ass fighter. But that is my only complaint. Other than that tiny complaint, I thoroughly love listening to these books and I declare Kevin Hearne a master storyteller. And Luke Daniels is the perfect voice for this book. Thanks for the treat!
If you have gotten this far in the stores them I don't have to tell you that these books are awesome...and they keep up with the awesomeness.
Very, very good book. Loved every minute of it down to the very last! I also felt a great deal of grief as an unexpectedly important character in the book has died that will be felt throughout the narration. It goes to show that you never really appreciate something until it is gone.
A must read!
A solid enough entry in the Iron Druid series, performed by the ever talented Luke Daniels. If anything, Daniels is almost TOO good at what he does, as I'm giving one star less partly because his performance is less than his usual near-perfection. He changes the voice he gives two minor characters that have bigger roles in this book (Leif Helgarson and Flidais), and both of them sound really off. His performance is by no means bad, he just already had a good thing going with those characters, and the change is a bit jarring. Still a great Audible experience, though. Iron Druid has been a fun series to follow.
The characters are so well written and acted, even with just the one actor. I dread the day I catch up with Kevin Hearne the way I have with George RR Martin. Very detailed fantasy - in the midst of a flight across Poland, he mentioned Zubruwka, my favorite, but obscure, vodka from the tiny corner of Poland my grandfather emigrated from... This man loves his work, and it shows!!
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I like the adventure, the unique ideas are becoming repetitive, I like the dog and his voice link, but it isn't enough to keep the interest peaked. It may be Time to move on
Thanks so much Kevin Hearne for sharing your talents with us! Luke Daniels surely brings the books to life!! As I read the Facebook comments on Kevin's page I only hear Oberon's voice by Luke Daniels. Terrific job you guys!!!
After struggling a little bit with the constrained feeling of Trapped (which I realize was appropriate, given the title), Hunted sucked me into the story and got me feeling “back to normal” with the series. For most of the book, Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile are making a mad dash across Europe on foot, Atticus and Granuaile in their hooved shapes. I did wonder, a time or two, what was feeding energy to Oberon. I know Atticus and Granuaile receive energy from Gaia through their tattoos, but was the same happening for Oberon? Can a wolfhound sustain that kind of running for that long? I also panicked thinking that Oberon might be lost in the waters of the Channel. Yep, I am one of those people who are more concerned about the welfare of animals than people most of the time.
I thought my heart was going to break when Oberon and Granuaile thought Atticus was dead. The despondency in Oberon, and then his eulogy to Atticus, about killed me. Thanks for that, Kevin! I don’t think I had cried reading the series until this point, not even at the death of the Morrigan, though that made me very sad.
A couple of things surprised me, though they reveal more about me than the book: first, that big box sporting goods stores are so prevalent in Europe; and second, that Granuaile’s voice would be SO lyrical and poetic. Now that Granuaile is bound to the earth, we get to “hear” things from her point of view.
The snark and jokes, especially from Oberon, are hilarious as always: The “Hump Me Oberon” doll; the Princess Bride reference; the bribing with Girl Scout cookies; the bits about human mating rituals being stupid. The descriptions of the Greek gods and the conversation with Zeus and Jupiter are fantastic and funny. The banter between the characters, especially Oberon, is so entertaining that it alone would keep someone coming back to the series. I’m thankful I’ve listed to all the books rather than read them; Luke Daniels does such a great job with all the voices, but Oberon in particular. It has to be much funnier to hear the banter than to read it.
The ending, though… It frustrated me. Most of the book seemed to be about running from the Olympians (with dark elves and vampires thrown in for good measure). The major encounter with the Olympians ends somewhat early in the book, and then there is this bit where Atticus goes in search of Lord Grundlebeard and Midhir. He find them both dead, but that’s the end of that bit. There were never any answers about who killed them. Then Atticus and co. go off to see who the Morrigan left on the Time Islands, but we don’t learn that person’s identity, either (though I guessed it). The ending didn’t feel like an ending, really. The major story ended, and then a couple more bits were tacked on, but without any resolution. I get that these bits will be important in the overall series arc, but I guess they just seemed oddly placed. Did I not have Book 7, Shattered, to jump right into, I think I would have been highly irritated.
In any case, I still liked the book and thought it was a great adventure. I’m invested in the characters, now and want to see them succeed. They keep getting into deeper and deeper trouble, however; at this point, I’m just hoping they survive!
The main characters are chased across multiple countries and hunted by several gods. One god is no more, but her reason isn't fully revealed. Did she give up or did she put up a good fight.... Recommend the series.
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