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)
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!
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.
No, this is it. I am done with the series, because he is not getting better it's worst. The GrandingNail druid is a loser that moans over everything and makes Atticus a lesser character. I was hoping the character would die by end of the book.
GrindingNail and the dog is too much for one book, the book is more enjoyable if you skip her sections. The book could be 4 hours shortly is everything was told and retold.
Yes, i liked most of the books, and even got over the disappointment with the coyote episode. This books makes that one sounds like a gifted work.
Yes, we get another druid, but even he falls in line with the new weaker Atticus.
If I could tell the author one thing, it's kill off Atticus or kill off the rest of the characters because keeping them alive in this state is horrible and boring. The fierce druid thing does not apply to a vegan that cries over everything. The story of a druid so bent on survival that he bound iron to his aura and hide a legendary sword is what I came to see.
My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...
This series reminds me of the True Blood books where they each get progressively worse till you wonder why an author would torment his fans like this. The previous two books in this series were trending down but this one is a huge step down.
You get sick of the many different little story lines all over the planet that just seem like boring filler. One second there in Japan then India, the Colorado, then Arizona, then, etc.... Sheesh, get a plot before you put a book out.
Some characters should never meet the light of day...and the Kennedy that was brought back from exile should have been left marooned on that desert island...I am through with this series,,,I am done...I am such a fool I kept on to the bitter end...no more sequels for me in the Iron Druid Chronicles after the first 2 save your credits
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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