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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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    LOYL-00 NY 11-02-14
    LOYL-00 NY 11-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The story we were waiting for"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sugarpucker 08-04-14
    Sugarpucker 08-04-14 Member Since 2012

    I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.

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    "Druids!"

    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan CANTON, GA, United States 07-21-14
    Meghan CANTON, GA, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "Not the end!"
    What made the experience of listening to Shattered the most enjoyable?

    I have grown to love the characters, particularly Oberon. And Luke Daniels does an amazing job!


    What other book might you compare Shattered to and why?

    I cant think of another book like it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The epic battle scene is quite memorable. I also enjoyed seeing an ancient druid introduced to the modern world.


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

    Granuaile delivering flowers to her mother.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 07-09-14
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Keeps getting better"
    What did you love best about Shattered?

    Brought in new character, loved the old guy trying to get used to 2000 years of progress in just a few weeks.....but he's a druid, so it flies. People were complaining about too many characters to follow. I had no problem. The story was twisted and in the end you find out some things that I guess will take us into the next book. But it was pretty awesome


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always love Oboron the dog. He keeps everything real. REALLY.


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

    Yes, I love his narrations, he does voices and emotions wonderfully. One of my favorites is "600 hours of Edward" When I see him as narrator I always check out what the book is about.


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

    Actually I did it was the 4th weekend and I listened straight through with a few breaks for food and other breaks. Didn't want to let go until I knew what would happen.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book and I hope Luke Daniels Narrates that as well he's wonderful.

    2 of 3 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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    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 06-21-14
    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "More Oberon please"

    Kevin does it again. This time though we have 3 key points of view rather than just Atticus. I especially love the voice work by Luke Daniels. This feels like a full ensemble and not just one narrator making funny inflections and ruining the story (Michael Page - this is how its done)

    The story was much as I would have expected of the Iron druids antics, and I was very pleasantly surprised at the different plot lines involving his protege and his own original teacher. The way the story coalesced into the final showdown, while still leaving enough questions for the next book was also well done and clearly keeping with Mr. Hearnes style.

    I personally get the books just to hear Oberon's musings. And I very much enjoy the way the author employs pop culture references and classic literature. Good stuff, well worth the point.

    I will be getting the next story as soon as its ready.

    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 2015
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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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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 06-24-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2015

    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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    K. Dehring NOLA 07-06-15
    K. Dehring NOLA 07-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Magdollna

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    "a druid like no other. a great book to listen to."

    goes too quickly. it is that engrossing and entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes urban fantasy.

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