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 know it's only "sort of" killing off a character, but its' annoying. I was really enjoying the series. It's very well written, exciting and has all the elements of my version of perfect fiction. But now I've abandoned it mid-book.
entertaining, engaging, non-stop-action
Luke Daniels is amazing. His voice is incredibly well suited to playing Atticus and his voices for the other characters are also expertly done (especially Oberon!). I'm often annoyed by male narrators' voices for female characters, but I have never once run into that problem with Daniels. I love his narration so much that I'm searching for other fantasy novels narrated by him (and I've never before sought out books based solely on the narrator).
This whole series has been amazing and I never want it to end. I wish each book was longer but their brevity is part of their appeal. I typically prefer to delve into epic fantasy series, but I gave the first book in the Iron Druid Chronicles a try because I was looking for a light, quick "read" to give me a break from the emotional investment that comes along with being wrapped up in a long, heavy epic fantasy story. Each installment in this series has been fun and generally light, and I always enjoy listening to them. I usually don't like stories that take place on modern-day Earth because I prefer being transported to entirely new fantasy worlds. But these stories have enough magic to keep me satisfied, and the way Hearn interweaves gods from a variety of cultures and times into the plot is intriguing and compelling. In the sixth book, I started to miss some of the characters from the earlier books that have necessarily (based on where the story-line has gone) taken on smaller roles. These books are just serious enough to put me on the edge of my seat with anxiety for the fate of the main characters, but the overall tone of the books is still light enough that I always come away from them in a better mood than when I started listening.
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
Hunted was a definite treat. Fast paced and incredibly exciting, it’s a great addition to the series.
The plot was very exciting, with several twists that were freaking unbelievable. I promise you’ll be at the edge of your seat while reading/listening. The beginning was one of the best in the whole series and I teared up by what happened at the beginning and around 1/3 in. I’m glad we were able to see some emotional pain from Atticus. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the series is lighthearted, but you cannot live 2000+ years without some pain and I’m glad we saw some of that.
I think the book had problems with pacing though. There was so much running around at the beginning – I was so tired on their behalf…I just kept thinking ‘can you please rest a bit?’ – that the end fell a bit flat. I did like it better than the last one because we saw some two very emotional scenes and I think that’s been missing from the series.
It was great to have Granuaile’s POV. It gave me a different perspective on Atticus’ character and it was interesting to see her take on being a Druid. Also, I loved how kick-ass she’s become! She’s definitely holding her own. One thing that bothered me about her character was her penchant to play the disapproving Mommy when men were making off-color jokes. None of the jokes were malicious so I didn’t like her role as ‘defender of womanhood.’ It made her seem like she had a stick up you know what.
As usual, Luke Daniels was awesome. He can do the accents, women’s voices, the serious parts, the funny ones. This is definitely one of the best series in audio out there. If you’ve never listened to an audiobook and are curious, please try this one out. You will thank me for the recommendation.
I'm man enough to say it... I cried a bit. A damn fine addition to the series. Any book and any series that reaches you that profound fly is worth a read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I have always thought of this series as a "Five Star" winner...until this installment.
All the things that made me like Atticus so much in the beginning of the series are gone. I miss the tipsy Widow MacDonagh railing against the British and Mr. Semerdjian with his nosiness and hatred of doggy doo. I even miss Helgerson and Hauk. Those people (I use that term loosely as all were not "people" per se) in that neighborhood rooted Atticus in place and and humanized him. They gave the series cohesiveness in the beginning.
I realize that story must move forward, but this whole book was like a long, long LONG roller coaster ride with Atticus, Oberon and Granuaile sort of hanging on for dear life. All of them were moving very fast, rushing headlong toward....? Home? There is no home anymore. Family? There is no family other than themselves. Friends? They keep being killed off. Like all roller coaster rides, for all the speed and hair-raising loops the ride always ends right where it began.
I really didn't feel like this installment moved the story along too much. Something is just "off" about this one. I fear the dreaded "storyline degradation" so common in long series may have taken root, replacing Atticus' roots with its own.
Luke Daniels delivered his usual stellar performance. Thank goodness for that. It was about the only thing that kept me from crying in disappointment at the end of this one.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I don't think anyone would consider the Iron Druid anything but pleasant fluff reading. But this slides unpleasantly into the uck zone when Granielle starts to proclaim her love for Atticus in iambic pentameter. Please!
This is a cute series, but this is a low point in it. The plot is nonexistent and Granielle is too teenage for tolerance. Her voice in the reading does not improve matters.
This story seems to be an excuse for the author to take a European trip. It was more a travelogue, as more gods chase Atticus around Europe and England. Then make peace in a less-than-satisfying finish. That's it, go read the next book. Seems to be a time filler and setting up for the next book. I'm getting real tired of constantly hearing about how the dog likes sausage, bacon and poodles. And since at the end we find that they are getting one more dog, I'm more dubious about the next book. And I'm a real dog person, too.
Some reviewers suggested skipping because not a lot happens but the story is a good one and I enjoyed it.
I would definitely recommend this book as well as the rest of the series to anyone! The stories are fantastic and Luke Daniels does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life in a very believeable and unique way.
This novel was definitely more of a filler novel plot wise in the Iron Druid series, as it does quite a bit to set up for the climax of the story arc, but seeing how Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberone have grown into a little family even while dealing with godly politics, assassins, and a serious loack of sausage in Oberone's opinion was awesome.
Oberone will always be my favorite charcter just because of his personality but the addition of Mr. Daniels as his voice made me love the wolfhound even more!
The books in this series always make me literally laugh out loud and this installment was no different!
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
Just finished books 1-6 in quick succession. LOVED it. I'm not a big Urban Fantasy fan, but this series was funny, adventurous, well written, well paced, built great characters, and just plain interesting. Did I say Funny as Hell too? The dog, Oberon, steals many a scenes and I want a hound just like him. The series isn't as "formulaic" as I would have thought, as many serial books can be. Books 1-4 follow similar outlines with an epic-like battle at the end, but books 5-6 vary slightly by having smaller yet more frequent "battles/conflicts" and seem to tie into each other, or build to something bigger in the foreseeable future...... Ragnorak! You get a Mythology lesson to boot. I don't know mythology, but I didn't have too, as it is spelled out enough for me to enjoy without being hit over the head with it. Now I must wait for book 7 for 6 months! I'm going thru withdrawls already. I want more Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile! Luke Daniels does a BRILLIANT job in voicing all the characters.... especially Oberon!
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