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Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6 | [Kevin Hearne]

Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

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.
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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

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"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)

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    Jillellyn 08-15-13
    Jillellyn 08-15-13
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    "Yeah Oberon!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The characters are just enchanting and the stories draw you in. These are heroes you can cheer for.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the narrators interpretation of each character. The relationship Atticus and Granuele have with Oberon is heartwarming.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Oberon


    Any additional comments?

    The Iron Druid series is one of the all time best stories around. The characters are loveable and draw you into their many worlds. The world of magic and myth comes alive in strangely believable ways. The narrator is just perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dan 08-12-13
    dan 08-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy reading (and listening to) Books! I have enjoyed fantasy and history the most, but more recently I have been brodening my horizon.

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    "Getting back on track!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was a good listen. 4 and 5 were a little slow, and unimpressive, but this one got me back into the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Atticus finally gets the Greeks, and Romans on his side.


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    Amee 08-11-13
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    "The Druid Does it Again"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who likes fast paced stories and witty writing is gonna love this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunted?

    Any time Oberon opens his mouth, figuratively speaking, was a laugh out loud moment...literally


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    I love how he does all his characters but Oberon is by far my favorite


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment when you think all is lost and Atticus has died brings tears to your eyes and a tightness to your throat


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    Strephon Springfield, VA, USA 08-10-13
    Strephon Springfield, VA, USA 08-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Aires male -- often butts head against reality

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    "Atticus and Granuaile in "The Amazing Race""

    I've read all of the books in this series and enjoyed them. Both the writing and the performance make the series among the very best of the genre. This one had the ingredients. Fast pace, humorous banter, interesting magical twists (perhaps too many)... but somehow the parts didn't cohere. I think that Hearne has created a series that requires a good recollection of the previous books, which escaped me. I found myself wondering: what was the situation with Bacchus? Wasn't Odin angry because of previous shenanigans played out in the Norse pantheon? When was Lief seduced by the dark side?It was just quite a lot to wade through even before the English Channel. Perhaps a new story line free from previous associations would be a better bet for any novels in this series. And please, no spin-offs.

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    Anh Pham 08-09-13
    Anh Pham 08-09-13

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    "Best Oberon Scene Ever"

    As always, this series doesn't disappoint and Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator to tell the story of the Iron Druid. The voices are distinct from one another and he makes you really feel the emotions of the characters.

    In this book, we've moved past Granuaile's training and we get to see her interact more with Atticus as an equal and come into her own. I honestly can't decide anymore who my favorite character is anymore, Atticus, Oberon or Granuaile. I will say that this book has my favorite Oberon scene EVER and I literally cackeled at the Princess Bride reference and I think I scared some people on the street when I burst out laughing.

    I can't wait for the next book even though this one just came out. Unlike some other series, you don't feel like you have to read a dozen books to get somewhere in the story but neither do you feel like you are being rushed to an ending.

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    Angie B 08-08-13
    Angie B 08-08-13
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    "Great book .... Wonderful narrator"
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    Love this series and the narrator. What a great story teller. You can't go wrong purchasing the entire series. Luke Daniels brings the characters alive and his voice for Oberon (the dog) is priceless. Start with the first book and don't miss a single one they are all good.

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    Marilyn Armstrong 08-06-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Good story, questionable narrative choices"

    Not content with having read the book, I also had to listen to it. Usually, if I like the book in one form, I like it equally well (or nearly so) in another. This, however, was not the case this time. I still love the book. But I have issues with the narration.

    Hunted, by Kevin Hearne, is the sixth book in the Iron Druid Series. It's an action-packed run-for-your-life tour of Europe. Atticus and Granuaile should definitely have taken a cruise, or something relaxing. I'm pretty sure as honeymoon's go, this wasn't the best choice. Not that they had any choice in the matter.

    Atticus O'Sullivan, the 2000-year-old last of the Roman Druids is running top speed across Europe. Romania, Germany, Holland, France ... then swimming the English channel to get to the woods by Windsor Castle. This is not exercise -- it's survival -- and as he (Granuaile and Oberon) race, they are fending off two angry, homicidal Olympian goddesses -- Artemis and Diana. And as experienced hunters, they are formidable adversaries.

    Atticus messed with Bacchus and put him on a slow time island. Although it was self-defense, the Olympians aren't interested in why. They are just pissed off. Actually, more than that, watching the druids try to outrun the goddesses has become a sporting event for a wide range of deities.They don't seem so upset about Bacchus as they are eager to kill Atticus as well as Granuaile and Oberon. Freeing their crazy family member and co-deity is not their biggest issue.

    The usual ways open to Druids of shifting to the safety of Tír na nÓg, are closed. Every tree and grove is guarded. The old ways are locked tight -- leaving them running long, hard, and fast in whatever physical forms and using whatever magic they can. They no longer have Morrigan's help, though they get some assistance from other immortals.

    It does seem that just about everyone and everything is out to get them. Old enemies and new, vampires, gods and goddesses, dark elves, and some weird things who fit no category. Sea monsters. And Loki's on the loose bringing Ragnarök with him. The world is going to end. That's sort of Atticus' fault. Sort of. Sides are forming up for the big battle at the end of the world -- Ragnarök - the Apocalypse -- is it the end? Of everything? Could there be a new beginning? It's never happened before, so who's to know?

    No one's banking on anything but death and destruction, so avoiding it as long as possible seems the sensible choice.

    Sensible isn't part of the equation anymore. No one wants to negotiate, no one feels like chatting. It's kill or be killed. It's magic, weapons, a race to find a safe haven -- hide and seek along the way. No matter where they go, what they do, the Druids and all of their allies -- and enemies -- know the big finale is unavoidable. It will leave no one untouched. Meanwhile, the goal is to stay alive.

    Atticus and Granuaile have almost no time in this book -- to my disappointment -- to develop the relationship they began after Granuaile was finally bound to Gaia and became a full Druid. There's no time now ... and given the perils, there may never be time. Not enough, anyway. A day, a few hours, grabbed here and there. This couple is not going to get that leisurely honeymoon, unless you count touring Europe in various forms - stag, horse, sea-lion, sea otter, falcon, mountain lion, wolfhound -- and of course, invisible. Most of the time, naked, a traditional form of battle dress for Celts, but not romantic.

    Luke Daniels, the narrator is skilled and he does a fine job with Atticus and Granuaile ... and all other humanoids, but I really disliked his voicing of Oberon. It sounded like Bugs Bunny and was, to my mind, definitely unsuitable for the great wolfhound. I let it slide by me, but every time the voice came one, I got annoyed. I also didn't like his voicing of a bunch of the other secondary characters. Fine on the two Druids, but not fine on the others. Fortunately, there's more good narration than bad ... but be warned: if you don't like the idea of a dumb sounding Oberon with a lisp or cartoon deities from various pantheons, you won't like this audiobook.

    This is the most high-speed book of the series to date. I had hoped for more character interaction and a bit less breathless and perpetual motion. If you like action -- and who doesn't? -- there's more than enough fighting, battling, scheming, running, swimming, dying, recovering -- but not much conversation. No down time. Not much relationship development. The book is a bridge to the next. Which is necessary. But you won't get resolution, not yet. Next book soon please!

    It's beautifully written (as always). This is the first book in which Granuaile has her own voice. She's a full character now, co-equal with Atticus. Chapters alternate in the first person, her speaking, him speaking. At first, it jarred me a little, but then, I liked it. Nice to have both a male and female primary character in a fantasy novel. I can't remember if I've ever read a book in this genre where both sexes had equal roles. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it's all good.

    I'm not going to give anything away. No spoilers, sorry.

    If you are a fan of the series, you will like the book. It's probably not quite what you expect, but it's a critical link for what's coming.

    It's Granuaile's coming of age -- and in its own way, also Atticus' coming of age. Although you would think he's seen it and done it all in his very long life, not so. He hasn't had a lot of human friends, much less lovers. There's a lot of new stuff for him to work his way through. Having a real relationship with a human woman requires relearning old habits. Like any relationship, come to think of it.

    There are a lot of plot twists. Not all endings are happy. There are victories and temporary wins. Holding actions. I'm not sure there are solid victories to be had as the world draws ever closer to Ragnarök. It's all about survival, treachery and slippery alliances. The fate of the world hangs on a razor's edge. See you next book!

    If you have not read the previous books, don't start with this one. There is a lot of history and the characters have all been built through the entire series. They won't make sense without the earlier books.

    The book is also available in paperback and on Kindle. And, obviously, as a download from Audible.com. This is the first of the audio versions I've read. I don't know that I will try another. I think I'll stick with printed words for this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Morris 08-06-13
    Morris 08-06-13
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    "Excellent reading, good story"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Books-fly-2-me 07-31-13
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    "Thank you, Kevin Hearne"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karissa Eckert 07-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Devourer of all books fantasy

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    "Atticus takes on the Olympian Gods..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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