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)
The book itself is a continuation of a larger plot line,so it doesn't stand alone. It is a good story, although it is a bit one dimensional in that the characters are running from death the entire book. What makes the book enjoyable is the fact that the characters besides Atticus are becoming 3 dimensional. As part of the whole, it is a satisfying read. If you like the Iron Druid series - which you must if you're reading book 6 - this one is worth a credit.
Also, I have to give praise to Luke Daniels. This is definitely *not* an easy book to narrate. There are lots of characters, lots of nationalities, lots of personalities, and lots of interplay between them. Daniels does a superlative job keeping all of them straight and making easy to know who is saying what, even when there are complicated conversations between multiple characters. He has gone to the top of my list of preferred readers, alongside Nathaniel Parker (Artemis Fowl series) and James Marsters (The Dresden Files) as a result of this book. I am now looking at other series just because he is the reader.
I liked that the Atticus we first met 5 books ago was back. Here again is the sweet really old man who cares about the earth and cares about being a Druid and loves his dog. He spent 4 books hanging with the bad boys and getting in trouble and now he is back on track. For me, the best part of these books has been following along while this sweet man shows us the world we suspect exists just below the surface of the mundane world we interact with daily. This book made me laugh out loud more than once and wonder what it would be like to win the race, count on friends, and deal gracefully with a frenemy. I really want to talk with my dog! So, thank you, for great escapist literature, adventure, and the coolest dog ever. And seriously, didn't you always suspect the Greco Roman pantheon were dicks?
Luke Daniels- dude! You rocked it this time out!
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the 6th book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. The 7th book will be titled Shattered, I wasn’t able to find a release date on the 7th book. Hunted was a good continuation of the Iron Druid Chronicles; I enjoyed the humor and the way our characters have grown and changed throughout the series.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was incredibly well done. This is one of those series I actually enjoy listening to even more than I enjoy reading.
As a result of trapping Bacchus in a time stream the Olympian Gods are pretty ticked off at Atticus and Granuaile. So for the better part of this book Atticus and Granuaile are on the run from Diana and Artemis. Of course there is also still the issue of Loki being on the loose and Ragnarok threatening on the horizon.
This story was basically Atticus and Granuaile running from place to place trying to dodge attack from dark elves, vamps, and Olympian Gods. There is some character development but not a ton. The book is still a highly entertaining read, it’s very funny at parts but probably the least funny book of this series.
There are some dire things that happen and our characters get into some absolutely awful situations. Granuaile has become a force to be reckoned with but is still learning some things as well. Atticus is himself and as usually he escapes absolute death by just a hair a number of times.
There are a lot of different gods in this book; Norse, Olympian, Greek, etc. Ragnarok is getting closer and closer but must still be avoided at all costs.
Honestly while I still really enjoyed this book, I thought it was the weakest in the series to date. I just feel like the main story involving Loki is making very little progress and moving very slowly.
Overall a good book in this series, but the weakest to date. I still really enjoyed it; I love the humor and mythology in these books. The story made some progress but not a ton. Having Atticus and Granuaile fleeing enemies over and over again is getting a bit wearing; it seems like the last couple books have been like this. I still do look forward to the next book and am excited to see where the story ends up.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
I enjoyed this as I've enjoyed the other IDC books but this time there was a lot of sadness and honestly this book felt like nothing really happened other than to get Atticus out of some offal he had stepped into in previous books.
I am not saying it wasn't good, I'm just saying if you haven't been following (including the short stories) just might become really lost in this story.
Luke Daniels is just as great as in the other books. Here's hoping he will continue with what is left in the series because of they changed narrators now it would be a real loss!
If you liked the other Iron Druid books then you should like this one. I loved the previous books but find myself falling out of love with this series. Characters like Granuaile where OK at first but now seem to be way to powerful and bad ass for their comparative age. And nobody important ever dies in the series. I mean the author does an OK job of explaining how the druids can fight these powerful gods and live but eh. I used to joke that is was like a Scooby-Doo or if the Dresden Files was Heroine then the Iron Druid series is Methadone and now it kinda is. I am just gonna make my daughter listen to them and if she likes them I might get the next book for her. Overall still a good read if you want a modern style fantasy with a few laughs thrown in just don't expect to be blown away.
( P.S. A 9 hour book? Come on if Oberon where real he could write longer novels)
"reading junkie" I read or listen to almost anything except for non-fiction or history, unless I find it interesting.
I love that dog! I don't know exactly where to start so much happens and a significant amount of new facts come out. Much of the story is about stalling Ragnarok and the mounting problems with the Olympians. Very enjoyable.
this book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through, very good story and great narration, glad to have a series that has the same narrator for the whole thing so far.
Adventurous, Sad, and Hysterical.
There are many but this series is a paranormal one of a kind so it's hard to do that. The underdog fighting off the powers that try to crush them.....Lots of books like that.
When Granuaile, and Oberon are saying a eulogy. It is very touching and heart warming.and a bit humorous.
I loved the ending Oberon gets a friend......I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out to find out when and if Ragnarok does happen and who ends up being on the side of the Druids. There has been a lot of underhanded happenings that we still don't know about. Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon are still in danger from an unknown enemy. Hoping to find out who that is in the next installment.
Pace was good. Solid storyline and, as always, Luke Daniels is fantastic on narration.
Not a thing...he is Atticus, Oberon and all!!!
On par with the rest of this series, which are among my very favorite audio books.
I think I have to go with Oberon, even though he and his comedic breaks are a tad over-utilized in the book / series. Likely, he is my favorite character because he basically lacks any kind of mental filter, and just blurts out all of the things that most people wish they had the courage to say.
It is really, really good, as per usual. That being said, it may be worth getting someone else on board to perform Granuaile's parts, provided she is sticking around, as his version of a young modern woman's voice is the weakest one you'll hear from Mr. Daniels in this series.
Just like other books in this series, I found myself "laugh out loud" happy, tense/anxious/worried, pissed, and then laughing again... I could go into detail about when and how my emotions were expertly played by the content and its delivery, but then I would be spoiling some pivotal moments in the plot, so I won't go into that here. It will suffice to say that I've enthusiastically enjoyed every one of these books, and my emotions / reactions to them are a big part of why I keep coming back for more. Seriously, I have developed an emotional attachment to Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile.
If fantasy is your thing, jump in on book one, you won't be sorry!
(Unless you hate the dog's comic relief, in which case, you'll want a refund.)
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