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)
Love the narrator in the first 4-not in this one-he is just downright annoying and full of bravado. His personality change 180 degrees for no good reason.
I love the Iron Druid series, but the narration is awful. I won't get any book in this series on Audible. I had to turn it off after one paragraph.
His voices were poorly done and overacted.
I think I listen to these just for the narrator's Oberon voice.
the story is fun too, doesn't feel like it follows a conventional plot, which can be jarring at times, but I enjoyed the book all the way through
"Feels in the moment" reviewer. No long, analytical reviews from this girl.
This story was definitely an improvement over the last few stories. While I did enjoy it, I found much more wrong with it. (Spoilers...kinda).
To start, I was quite disappointed that we didn't get to see any of Granuaile's training. None. And that was the biggest problem with this story. Everything else I found lacking in this novel wouldn't be an issue if we were able to see Granuaile's training. 12 years later and training complete, I find it very unbelievable that she would react the way she did in certain situations, or she would ask questions that should have been asked and answered a decade again. And, seriously? You want me to believe that she and Atticus were able to go 12 years of physical contact/marital arts training without caving to the crazy sexual chemistry?
Another issue I have is Atticus suddenly displaying their traits or quirks that only last for the duration its usefulness and never to show up again. Back in Book 3 while he was in the Norse plane he had Spock and Kirk debates in his head. Very Angel-Devil on the shoulder style. That never showed up. This time he mentally holds conversations with the figment Archdruid mentor in his head. Now, these traits wouldn't be a problem if comments similar to "I do this when I'm bored or stressed" weren't tagged along with those traits. But they never show up again. It's nitpicky, I know, but it really bothered me.
Anyway, I did enjoy this story. I loved Granuaile saving Atticus, although I would still love to see her training. I enjoy the direction Atticus's relationship with Leif is. He should just give in. Stop fighting it. Embrace the vampire. And I look forward to this next few stories. As long as Oberon is around, I'll still be here.
Paranoia pays off
the dog, because he's full of wry commentary
enjoy the whole series
I like this series. This particular book felt a bit more like it was a waystation between larger developments, rather than a real plot line of its own -- that is, it was a lot of things that happened around the attempt to initiate his apprentice as a druid. I'm invested in the series, so I was happy to spend time with them and see Various Crises Dealt With, but I was just more aware than with most of these books that this was part of an ongoing story rather than a tidy story in itself.
The stories have a bit too much going on. I prefer the build up to fight one bad guy instead of four five big fights. But the charters are great. As is the banter.
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