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)
It's the Iron Druid I need not say more. I absolutely love the series. The narrator did a fantastic job. I look forward to hearing more books in the series. This series is right up there with the Dresden files. Hello Sarah and John how are you guys? See you guys a little bit bye.
I've really enjoyed the iron druid chronicles to this point. they are an amazing and imaginative new look at the ever present fantasy genre. that being said; I feel like there is something not quite there yet. each books gets a little better and that's a good thing. there is still something that seems to be missing that would make this an amazing piece of work.
I loved books 1 - 4 and have even been lucky enough to find all of these far enough along to read them straight through without pausing for the next to come out. Sadly in this one Hearne commits what I consider one of the fatal flaws of writing fiction. In this book Granuaille finally becomes a druid after 12 years of study (note: I'd like to emphasize that it's been ONLY 12 years) It's really great to see her complete her training as I've always liked her character... until this. As a "newbie" to the druidic arts she shouldn't be so super powered as to be able to beat a god of war in a sparring match after only 12 years of training. She shouldn't be able take on a horde of wild women and survive to save Atticus from his single opponent. (again after only 12 years of training). Gaia grants her the best and most powerful of animal forms, and she receives a weapon that even goddesses have helped make, because she is just that special. She is a prodigy that understands some of the druidic arts better than Atticus who's been doing it for centuries. She is Granuaille and can leap tall buildings in a single bound! This is a huge flaw in the fiction simply because she should not be more powerful than her mentor, let alone the gods. She's a novice. There isn't anything left for her to overcome if she's already top of the food chain. What is the point of giving a character an animal form that can take anything on? It's much more interesting to give a weaker form and have the character work around it's flaws. Where's the story if there's nothing to overcome? The whole super power Granuaille makes the book boring because clearly Granuaille can beat anyone now and does. To some degree it also relegated (in my opinion) Atticus to a secondary character which is a damn shame since I love him in the books.
If I listen to the next one it will be on loan. The reviews are even harsher on Granuaille in further books and honestly it's not surprising since it seems that anything Atticus can do Grainuaille can do better. Mr. Hearne, if you or any of your people even bother to read these reviews just give her her own story. That way she won't keep ruining Atticus's.
Luke Daniels, as usual, makes this story a pleasure to listen to.
Luke Daniels again does amazing, but I never live it when a series changes the way it's written. I doubt care for Granualle s narrative, but that could be because I've been living through Atticus for so long. I love the series, but I think this one is a little draggy for me. I read this and the next ones, though, so I don't think it ruins the overall series.
Kevin Hearne has great ideas. he executes them fairly well. but he slips some details and parts that would really flesh it out into a great story. his books need to be longer in order to fully get enjoyment out of all his ideas. I almost feel robbed of the rest of a great story.
Book Addict and a Fantasy Fanatic!
So in this installment of the Iron Druid series Atticus is has finished training his apprentice and is ready to bind her to the earth. Unfortunately, there are those who do not wish for another Druid to exist. On top of that, Atticus has made more enemies than friends in the last 13 years and they seem to eager to see him dead.
To my utter disappointment the love connection between Atticus and his apprentice is at its peak. I was hoping the author would do something different. It was too obvious from the moment she was introduced. Plus I don't like her and that should count for something ( LOL ) Atticus is special and one of a kind. He should have been paired with one of the Goddess... my hope was the Morrigan. And boy did I get some jaw Dropping news with that story line. It was the best revelation IN THIS WHOLE SERIES!
This book is packed with action. The author goes back to his writing style in HAMMERED and does alot of storytelling. It isn't bad but to me it didn't add ant real value. He could have had the characters summertime what happened but instead we get small short stories. Again they are bad, just seemed to be fillers.
Luke Daniels does an excellent job and has taken the spot of Top Male Narrator in my eyes.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
Some sense of humour added into a rollicking good ride. They remind me of the Dresden Files. These books won't stretch your grey matter but they are fun.
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