Acclaimed author Kevin Hearne spins a new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O’Sullivan.
For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.
Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.
And Owen has some catching up to do.
Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki - or merely a pain in the arse.
But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.
As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.
©2014 Kevin Hearne (P)2014 Random House Audio
"Clever, fast paced, and a good escape." (Jason Weisberger, Boing Boing)
"[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the 21st century.... A snappy narrative voice." (Library Journal, on Hounded)
"Superb...plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." (Publishers Weekly, on Hounded)
Of the Novels and Novellas, this is the weakest.
While there is plenty that is done right, good action, and the bringing of Owen Kennedy into the storyline, the story sections told from Granuaile's perspective, in her voice isn't really necessary. Not that 'important' things don't occur, but it doesn't merit the emphasis it seems. Rather it slows things down and sidetracks much. Then, putting it in present tense, as opposed to Atticus's past, while maybe done for an artistic/storytelling reason, just adds to the jarring of the story. Her POV worked very well in Hunted and seemed necessary. Here, it does not.
Owen Kennedy's perspective is done that way as well, but as he's now in the present, 2000 years lost, it makes more sense. And his perspective seems to add to the story, add to the main character, Atticus, and is just far more interesting compared to Granuaile.
Also, I enjoy Oberon and his observations a lot. But it's becoming too much of a good thing. Where is was heroic and added pertinent observations, that has faded to the background in favor of sidekick humor and over the top sausage theory stuff.
Finally, it seems that tearing down Atticus and his competence is a route to allow other characters to step forward and come into their own. He gets some buildups, but more in the opposite direction.
Although some of the voices seem to have drifted, it's understandable as there are so many, and keeping them distinct. Which he does well.
No extreme reactions. I did laugh at some of Oberon's commentary.
I think the addition of Owen Kennedy to the story is the best part of the novel.
For plot reasons, the author had to separate Granuaile and Atticus communication, and the cellphone made this hard. Letting them run out of battery power...then when they get to a plug, for example, not making a call, seemed odd.
This is a really good novel, and excellent narration, I think that it just slips from what I've come to expect.
I think it is a novel that while moving things forward, and has some major revelations, is also focused on setting the pieces in place for the anticipated final two novels in the series.
I started the Iron Druid Series last year and was very quickly hooked by it. i thought it was both entertaining and interesting at the same time. This book is no exception. The one big difference between this book and the first six novels is the storytelling. Instead of just Atticus telling the story it is split between him and two other characters. I liked this idea because it gives us a new perspective on the story. I will give you guys a warning though, I personally felt Granuale's perspective as a character was a bit hard to get into. Its like Hearne is trying to distinguish each character's thinking processes as different from one another. I understand what he is trying to do, but it seems very forced with Granuale. The words come out of her character's voice as very stiff and flowery, whitch doesn't really fit with the tone of the story. Despite this problem i very much enjoyed the story, The plot was interesting and made one think a bit about what would happen next, there were a good number of fun new characters, and the overall plot of the series is starting to fall into place I think. The part i liked the most about this book is that the plot was more complex, because that was one of the main shortcomings of the first few books. One of the other things i felt was very important to this novel is that it wasn't a repeat of books 5 and 6. Essentually, those two books were too similar, they told the same plot with different enemies and the same ideas. Both books had Atticus being chased across the world and were entertaining bbut repetitive. I am happy to say that book 7 was very different and also seems to add a bit of a darker tone to the series as we go on to book 8. Also the narrator, Luke Daniels, was fantastic as always. he has a wide range of accents and voices whitch he uses flawlessly. Overall, i enjoyed this book very much and recommend anyone who has a sense of humor and adventure to read it.
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All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately this seventh installment in Kevin Hearne’s THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES terminated its 4/5 star reign for this reviewer. It seemed as though the author tried to go all out for his hardcover debut by incorporating multiple POVs, countless gods, several mythologies, and way too many plot lines which caused the story to lack focus, and to feel somewhat disjointed. I really enjoyed what Owen and Orlaith brought to the table, but the lack of Atticus/Oberon moments, and the overabundance of Granuaile ones made it impossible for even Luke Daniels’ superb narration to save. The Tuatha De Danann story arc has finally come full circle, so one can only hope that the next novel will be a return to a simpler time when these audiobooks were about an outspoken druid, and his quirky Irish wolfhound.
This is the only Urban Fantasy series that I’ve succeeded in convincing my guy to read, and he actually devoured this one twice because we were travelling at the time. Anyway, on his second pass he admitted to having skipped over all of Granuaile’s chapters, and they were my main issue with this listen as well. I’m not sure whether Hearne was overcompensating because she’s his first female POV, if her character was just over-ecstatic about being a new druid, or if Daniels’ breathy narration got on my last nerve—probably a combination of the three—but I absolutely HATED her in SHATTERED! She came off as such a hippy-ish worry wart that hitting play became a real challenge for me because I just wanted this audio to be over; she single-handedly turned one of my favourite stories into a horribly painful experience. It took me a full week to finish this book compared to my usual 1-2 day norm.
I adored Owen, he’s cranky and a bit of a d*ck, and quite frankly I loved him for it. He was the complete opposite of Granuaile, and boy did I need that! I enjoyed Orlaith’s simplistic speech, and of course Atticus & Oberon are long time favourites of mine, although I wish they’d played larger roles instead of the equal three-way split. All of the previous installments in this series have focused on one specific lore while as this one had a bit of everything which led to a lot of nothing. The plot threads were difficult to follow, and felt like separate stories haphazardly smushed together in a vain attempt to make one congruent tale. I did not care for this new format; it was a far cry from Hearne’s typically smooth flowing writing style. The author’s trademark humour was also severely lacking because Granuaile simply is NOT funny.
I have yet to actually read an IRON DRUID book because I am a huge fan of Luke Daniels’ narration; however I strongly considered switching to hard copy in the middle of this one to see if Granuaile’s POV would annoy me less on paper. Again, I’m not sure if it was his actual performance or just that specific character, but listening to Miss MacTiernan’s chapters was downright unpleasant. That being said, I enjoyed Daniels’ gruff portrayal of Owen, he did a fab job of bringing this old Irishman to life, and I really liked his Mexican accent when he stepped into Jesús’ shoes.
SHATTERED was good, but not my favourite, and if this series continues this format I may have to stop pre-ordering these audiobooks.
Shattered has reminded me of that wallop I felt with the first book. All the books in this series are good. But, the first book was always the best until now. It introduced the exquisitely voiced Oberon and for me the unlikely pleasure of following a Druid's adventures. It was also the book that hooked my wife and daughter on this series.
With this book, I loved the new character, Owen Kennedy. Luke Daniels hit another one out of the park with his voicing of this new cantankerous Druid resurrected from centuries ago. He also does a fine job with Granuaile’s wolf hound.
We see the story unfold from three perspectives. The conflict between the newly deiced Arch Druid Owen and our original hero Atticus is enriched by not granting all the wisdom to Atticus. The third viewpoint we get is from Atticus’s new convert Granuile as she spends a lot of time in India telling her story.
One of the best collaborations between author and narrator is served up with this series and with this book in particular.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I liked it, but it wasn't my favourite... It was divided into 3 sides, and that was a bit weird... a bit confusing .. I liked some parts, loved others, but got really bored with some too.
Its ending was fantastic and full of action! New characters are here, which is refreshing!
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This is the 7th book in the Iron Druid series. Most series this length start to get stale, but somehow Kevin Hearne manages to keep this one as fresh and vibrant as when he started. The humor is still there in lesser amounts and the pop culture references are reduced and hidden a bit better at times. There is a much greater focus on charcter development and you learn a lot more about Atticus and Granuaile than ever before.
There are several old friends that show up and a new one or two as well. One thing I like is that this series strikes a great balance between character development and action. So, you are always learning new things about the characters but it has enough action so it doesn't get bogged down and overly agnst ridden like some other books.
If there was a theme to this book it would be the results of excessive pride (i.e you can't win them all) . So far Atticus has made some mistakes but always seems to come out on top. This time however he and Granuaile aren't always so lucky. I'd say this is closer to The Empire Strikes Back of the Iron Druid series. The bad guys make some significant ground and you finally start to feel they are a credible threat capable of not only out powering the good guys but out thinking them as well. That really has been missing up to this point.
There is only one negative to this novel and it may not be a bother to most. Hearne has shifted to having three points of view he switches between in standard epic fantasy format. All 3 story lines are interesting and honestly give you a much better alternative perspective on Atticus and how he is viewed by others.
The problem is that the the Granualie character point of view, while better than the brief looks we have had in previous books, still needs some work as it is the weak link in the novel. It isn't bad, just not as good as the voices of the other two characters. I honestly prefer the single person view from the main character. The author makes it work, but it feels as though the novel lost a bit of steam as a result. Also, by splitting the characters up you get less Oberon who is the best character in the series.
The meta-plot of the series is advanced while keeping the novel self-contained enough to be a stand alone novel. Still, you would have to read the previous novels to understand fully what is happening. Overall, this is an extrmely fast paced, fun novel that somehow manages not to skimp on character development. Plus, he keeps it clean enough I can listen with my 12 year old daughter and we can enjoy it together without worrying too much about adult content. Kevin Hearne may just be a wizard to pull all of this off at once. This one is definitely worth buying!
This series continues to be one of my favorites. Kevin Hearne writes good, interesting characters you kind of wish were real, and Luke Daniels does a fine job. He is one of my top 10 readers. If this is the first book you have seen in the series, go get book 1 and start from the beginning. These books are well worth the credits.
I loved this book, and can't wait for the next one to arrive. As an author Kevin Hearne has a wicked sense of humour, and he doesn't really care who he pokes in the nose with that humour. Sometimes to his characters detriment. In this one, our two favourite Druids are off on another adventure, sometimes together, sometimes apart, but together again in the end.
This is the 7th book in this series, and every single one of them is a keeper. I laughed myself silly at the sly wit and sarcastic comments that Oberon(an Irish Wolfhound) makes.
As the narrator Luke Daniels is one of the best voice artists I've had the pleasure to listen to.
He has narrated many books that I've purchased over the years, and has always done a fantastic job with the voices. He is extremely proficient at accents, from Irish to Polish to Vampire to Bear or what you think a bear might sound like if it could talk.
This series is worth every single penny you have to put out to listen/read it. Can't wait for the next book.
I really enjoy the author's writing style. I wish the books were a little longer though.
Perfect and LOVE OWEN and Granuale & Arla...wouldn't change a thing!! Kevin amazes me again!!
Luke Daniels is an absolute Favorite Narrator for Audible. He makes listening a PLEASURE. And reading Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Series is PERFECT for him!
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