After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.
Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.
©2012 Random House Audio (P)2012 Kevin Hearne
"It may be possible that Hearne and Atticus are the logical heir to Butcher and Dresden." (SFFWorld)
This is a great book. The story picks up several years after the last one, at the end of Granuaile's apprenticeship. It ends with a great cliffhanger after lots of shenanigans from various supernatural beings. The performance is excellent, especially the dog. I recommend it highly!
I just love these stories. Kevin Hearne has crafted wonderful characters and Luke Daniels is better than icing on the cake. He has made these characters come alive. I don't know that I will ever be able to just read these books because then I would miss hearing each and every word.
Unlike most book series, Kevin Hearne is able to make each book a great "individual" best seller, while still making them all fall together in this great book series. There are no dull spots in this book at all! The Iron Druid, his apprentice, and his faithful Irish Wolf Hound travel from the USA to Europe and to Tír na nÓg ... not to mention Mount Olympus, all the while managing not to get killed. The entire book is a non-stop adventure, and I have listened to it twice now.... picking up new details both times.... I just might listen to it a third time.
Plus the narrator Luke Daniels is a genius when it comes to creating multiple voices for what seems to be an endless supply of new-dangerous charactors.
I can't think of any other book or book series "like" the Iron Druid books....
but if I were to compare it on levels of complexity...
I would say the "Sword Of Truth" book series might compare when it comes to different lands, magical powers, different charactors, and a great narrator.
Luke Daniels has a great ability to create many different charactors with his own voice, and is able to recall them perfectly whether they have an American accent, or Irish, or Greek etc etc....
I have only listened to the stories, I do not have the time to read books....
I couldn't imagine the books being the same with out Luke Daniels narration!
Yes and No....
If I could have I definitely would have, but I like making the Iron Druid books last as long as possible.... so it doesn't seem to be such a long time between books.
That is the real reason I listen to them 2 or 3 times.... I have never done that to any other book series
If you are looking for a fantastic and exciting book series to start... You need go no further!
I promise you will fall in love with this book series.... and Oberron!
I Love to read and I am all over the place. From Fantasy to Non Fiction to True Crime. Sadly even some Romance novels which I never thought I would read but they turned out to be not bad some even good as long as they had some fantasy in them
That the Iron Druid did get to finish training a new druid, while holding off his love for her off for the 12 years that it took
The main Character of course. He is honest in his heart, brave, his courage and his love for his friends knew no end
His voice for Oberon I just love it
To many things to to just post here
Ranks in the top 5
when she finishes her apprenticeship
Always makes me laugh, and keeps me interested
Yes, it would be worth it just to hear the narrator talk through Pirun and Oberon's lines!
Any time Oberon claims he has been a great hound and deserves bacon...Just makes my day.
Too many to pick just one, although the tattoing sequences were a lot of fun.
Another home run. I simply love this series. From the characters to the performance by the reader. I can't wait for the next book!
Now my husband is hooked.
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So I can't say this was the best of continuations, but I have enjoyed it. My wife and I were talkinga bout it and the only complaint we have is that Hearne has started using other characters to tell the story at times. In the last few books, he has used a bit part character to come in a tell a story to catch us up to speed on some info that he wants us to have before moving forward. That's fine, except that it makes forward progress in the story feels halting. The book also felt like it had to many different stories running parallel and that we never got enough of the back stories to make the amount we got resonable. So now my review sounds halting, but not sure how to tell it but that.
Daniels was back up to his normal performance with this piece and I loved hearing the characters return to thier normal voices (see my review of "Two Raven, One Crow" if you're not sure on this!)
This is an enjoyable continuation of the Iron Druid series; if you liked the earlier books, you will probably not be disappointed. There is a lot of tantalizing foreshadowing and the story ends a bit abruptly, leaving the listner waiting anxiously for the next installment.
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