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Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7 | [Kevin Hearne]

Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Karen United States 06-20-14
    Karen United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Decent entry in a great series"
    What did you love best about Shattered?

    Oberon. There needs to be more of his wisdom in the next installment.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin Hearne? Why or why not?

    Yes, although I though this entry was not his best work. It took too long for the story to get started. There wasn't enough Atticus/Oberon interaction and I felt like Owen's reenter into society was a rich story not given its due. Frankly all the Granuile sections could have been omitted and I would have liked it more. She is a tad smarmy for my tastes.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Luke Daniels is wonderful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Like I said before, some of the sections lagged. I felt like the whole Yeti thing was just padding.


    Any additional comments?

    More Oberon/Atticus and less Granuile, please.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Katana Rogue Studio City, CA United States 06-20-14
    Katana Rogue Studio City, CA United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I <3 Atticus"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    RabidReads QC, Canada 08-14-14
    RabidReads QC, Canada 08-14-14 Member Since 2011

    Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Book Review Blogger.

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    "All good things must come to an end"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 07-03-14
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Great series but..."
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series, and Luke Daniels does a wonderful job bring the stories to life, but this book has a different format from the others. In this book, we get points of view (POVs) from more characters than just Atticus. I didn't care for the change in POVs. I am not sure if my dislike is because the change in POVs was so unexpected that I was unable to adapt to it or if it actually lessened the quality of the story. It was almost as if Hearne was going for A Song of Ice and Fire format but didn't capture the essence of smooth POV transitions completely. I would not suggest skipping this installment as I did for the novella but be warned about the new format. Oberon is back and still the best canine character out there. It is almost always worth the read/listen just to find out what Oberon is going to say next.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    nobody 06-30-14
    nobody 06-30-14
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    "Worst Book of Series unless you like weak druids"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Kevin Hearne’s story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, we get another druid, but even he falls in line with the new weaker Atticus.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vinity 06-25-14
    Vinity 06-25-14 Member Since 2008

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    "I love this series but this was a miss :("

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TW Ervin II Ohio, USA 06-19-14
    TW Ervin II Ohio, USA 06-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but Weakest of the Iron Druid Chronicles"
    If you could sum up Shattered in three words, what would they be?

    Action
    Revelations
    Searching


    If you’ve listened to books by Kevin Hearne before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions. I did laugh at some of Oberon's commentary.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Chad Ohio 06-19-14
    Joe Chad Ohio 06-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another good novel from Kevin Hearne"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 06-26-14
    Hassan 06-26-14 Member Since 2009

    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= :'(

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    "Wasn't My Favourite Addition To The Series!!!"

    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 06-24-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2009

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Another great Iron Druid book"

    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!




    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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