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)
I love this series, but this book was a huge disappointment. This is usually a author that is a drop everything and read and I actually stopped halfway through and listened to another book. I did go back an finish but it was a struggle. I HATED the changing POV BUT, I totally hear the way to do the book is in audio so you can at least TELL when the POV changes by the changing voice. I hear people that read had to skim ahead to find out who was POV, then back tract. The fractured storyline was more confusing than engaging. It should have been released as 3 novellas or short stories. The saving grace was Luck Daniels who is outstanding, as always. I don't know if this is a book you can skip cause it does further the characterization but it's not enjoyable. I don't know if I will continue the series if he keeps up this form.
The humor employed throughout the book with most characters keeps me coming back for more. The Irish cursing helps too!
This is my biggest critique of the book. The expansion of characters, expecially the new hound. I feel as if Hearne is stretching the story with too much of the other characters perspective. A few chapters here and there is ok, but going through all the different characters should have been a novella or two.
Hearne has a fantastic niche with Atticus and the style he employs and this books fits right in with the series.
In many ways, this book felt more like a couple of short stories which bridge a couple of novels instead of a complete novel itself.
I enjoyed the introduction of Owen as a narrator, and there was less Oberon. Don't get me wrong, I love Oberon's comments and contributions, but sometime the interruptions just took too much flow from the stories of late. Less is more.
I'm really looking forward to the next book, which should be out next week, right? :)
I am a huge fan of this series and have hung on every word with great delight and relish and I look forward to any new stroke of Kevin Hearne's pen.
That said, this book, while enjoyable, took too long to get started and while I think Owen and Granuile are wonderful in their own rights, their new viewpoints in this book are a big break from the previous installments and honestly, took over way too much of the story. I missed Atticus. It hardly felt like he was in the book at all. I'd totally read the Arch-Druid or the Apprentice spin-offs but wanted more of the Iron Druid I fell in love with.
Luke Daniels shines like the superstar he is.
I have read and enjoyed the Iron Druid Chronicles. But to be honest the story was not connecting as I wanted it to. Yes I'm the reader and require my stories to flow. I started to see each book as another romp with only some characters to be constant. Well I must say thank you. "Shattered" is the glue that holds the tales together. It brought things together to make sense--even to Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid himself. I can not wait until book 8 to see where they will go from here. Love the new character, Owen Kennedy,very colorful. And Granuaile has helped the story since she was added.
Anyone who thinks that pop culture references are hilarious will probably enjoy this because it's full of them. Think bacon is hysterical,
I won't be reading any more Iron Druid books. The series started out well with a fresh take on contemporary fantasy, but has devolved into non-stop pop culture references that won't be funny or make sense to future readers in a few years. Sad, because the Iron Druid universe is a rich one, exploring interesting adaptations of many mythologies, and still has a lot of untapped potential. Avoiding all the pop culture could have kept these a lot more timeless.
The narrator does his best with the material provided, but he struggles to make most of the "humour" work. The dog's goofy voice has become increasingly irritating as his amount of dialogue has increased throughout the series.
Mute the damn dog. He used to be a good device for hearing the main character's inner monologue. Now he's 100% filler. We get it, the dog likes to eat.
Filling your book with pop culture references feels like pandering; As if the author is desperate to target the ComiCon crowd and make the same awkward jokes-by-reference they do. This winds up giving the book a very short shelf life because most of the references won't make sense to future readers; The earlier books are already showing their age just a few years later.
Luke Daniels does a great job. Hearne's Iron Druid series started off great but has been going down hill since the 2nd book. The main character, Atticus, seems to be getting progressively dumber. In the first book, he was great, but with each progressive book, he has been more and more of a screw up. By this the seventh book, Atticus seems like a pathologic blunderer. I think it was a big mistake when he took up an apprentice. The dog was funny in the beginning, but now he is just getting annoying. Nevertheless, I keep listening because they are easy listens and I keep hoping that Hearne will turn this thing around and make it fun again. The addition of Owen was good. Granuaile, I have never liked, and like less and less as the series goes on. Can't he kill her off and let Owen be Atticus' side kick.
Owen was great.
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
I love this series so hard. Shattered is as awesome as the rest of them. Even better, maybe. I loved the addition of Atticus's ArcDruid. He is a fantastic character. Hearne does a great job of realistically and hilariously dragging this man 2000 years into the future. Oberon is still awesome. I loved getting to know Arla.
There are some real hardships in this book. The tone is a little more somber (even with the hilarity). Things don't go so well in this book for Atticus and his friends. The you-know-what has hit the fan and Atticus hasn't dodged the bulk of the spray this time. It only makes me more anxious for the next book.
My only sad news, sad to me anyway, is that the weakest link in this book for me was Granuaile. Her POV was a little disappointing. It felt a little flat in comparison to Atticus and Owen.
Overall: YES, YES, YES! and DRUIDS!
As a mom of young children I like to listen while I do laundry or dishes etc. Audio books give me the chance to read (listen) more!
I have grown to love the characters, particularly Oberon. And Luke Daniels does an amazing job!
I cant think of another book like it!
The epic battle scene is quite memorable. I also enjoyed seeing an ancient druid introduced to the modern world.
Granuaile delivering flowers to her mother.
The author changed it up a bit in this one, and follows two sets of ongoing events from different perspectives. I really enjoy this series and look forward to the next one! I have re read the previous books and see myself re reading this one as well.
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