Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with his human, ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, but they stumble across a murder upon arrival at the station....
Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind....
The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this hilarious, action-packed collection of original short stories featuring Atticus O'Sullivan....
In a war that makes no sense, ten armies fight separately against a single foe....
A young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows....
Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God....
Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval....
Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living....
When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic....
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire....
The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn....
Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm....
As they slash and scheme through kingdom and village alike, the Bastard Champions uncover tantalizing clues to their ultimate quarry: the powerful Blue Fairy....
When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility....
The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard....
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one....
Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Find out....
Allystaire Coldbourne travels a treacherous path toward his Ordination as a holy knight of legend, a Paladin, a savior of the people....
From the east came the Bone Giants. From the south, the fire-wielding Hathrim. It was an invasion that sparked war across the six nations of Teldwen. Now the kingdom's only hope is the discovery of a new form of magic - one that will call the wondrous beasts of the world to fight by the side of humankind.
In the start of a thrilling new series, the New York Times best-selling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles creates an unforgettable fantasy world of warring giants and elemental magic.
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It can be hard to let go of a favourite storyline that has absorbed and entertained you, and my first reaction this new world from the pen of Kevin Hearn's was at first disturbed by its complete lack of resemblance to the Iron Druid style or story line. The discordance was perhaps exacerbated by the narration by Luke Daniels, as his voice is familiar in the roles of all those wonderful characters. However as the new characters and their stories developed my ear became accustomed to the new voices Daniels so expertly brings to life, and the new world they populate took on shape and depth. By the end I was sad to leave them, and now eagerly await the next instalment in the Plague of Giants series
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I find the woman performer almost impossible to understand, and keep missing what she says. Her pronunciation of consonants is just not clear enough. In combination with the accent used and speed of delivery it just becomes a drone. Became too frustrated and abandoned this book.
Couldn’t really judge story because of this
The single biggest glaring issue this book has is the incomprehensible decision to have a second narrator. Whilst Luke Daniels has a wide range of character voices up his sleeve, Xe Sands has 2-3, and the director was okay with this for some reason.
"Alright" You may say. "I could see how you could have certain characters voiced by another narrator, and that would provide range and variety to the performance. How is this a negative?"
Well, lets say we have a main character who facilitates a lot of the story (The Bard). And this character is USUALLY voiced by Luke unless the *section* of the book Xe is reading has him in it. In which case, you're going to get a completely different accented character you'll have to associate with the character in your mind.
This is an excellent story (but it starts very slowly) made annoying by the decision to cast 2 narrators. If it was done properly, with consistent character voices, this would have been cool. It wasn't though, and I hope all the direction and production crew listen in the end credits know this.
Fix this book please.
I couldn't stand it after 4 chapters, I had to give up and return the book. I have every Iron Druid book and short story Kevin Hearne has written and rate him very highly. But I can not believe that he has written this mind numbing and boring piece. was it written before his other books or is someone else using his name.
I can't believe that I pre-ordered this book.
Will NOT be buying any of his books again without checking them out first.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
As others have said the narrative hops around all over the place. Gave up after a few chapters.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
as stated above. unsure if this can be developed into a good series but willing to give the next book it's chance
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I found this to be an interesting read and enjoyable but at times the pacing of the story is tiring. On the whole though I have enjoyed reading it.
Here is how you write a story:
You describe the daily lives of the inhabitants. Their mundane every day world.
You throw into that mundanity something fantastic.
The inhabitants acclimatize to the new reality.
And the reader emphasizes to the rise or fall of the characters from their every day lives to the new lives they now lead.
Here is how Kevin Hearne wrote a story:
He starts with Atticus O'Sullivan's every day life, introduces an artistic piece of histrionics presented in a fart joke grade humorous way, then has him get into a few fights as he solves the problems he probably created for himself in his long lived life.
He, Hearne, is good at it.
Here is Plague of Giants:
The story starts in the aftermath of an unreasoned invasion where pretty much everyone is sad and trying to survive and rebuild.
The inhabitants of the world are trying to find out why the invasion happened while explaining their witnessing of its coming.
The reader has no hook to get them interested in the story, there is just a lot of information presented with little context. There is no change from mundane to fantastic, just a continued sense of sadness and loss - the fall in fortune without the initial presentation of good grace which is like watching a news broadcast about a war torn country; it is sad but those people are far away and I know nothing about their world so I don't "care".
No humor of any kind, not even gallows humor which would fit the setting. Zero violent engagements, which the author is practiced at writing. Their is nothing to make one care about the characters or events. And I cannot for the life of me describe any of the appearance of any character or any construction where the events take place. The descriptions exist, I remember them, but they don't stick in the mind. Just said once and forgotten.
In short Kevin Hearne decided to write a different kind of story, which is fine, did the total opposite of everything he is practiced at, which is not fine as its not mostly well crafted with a few shaky new bits he isn't practiced at, its mostly garbage, and chose to forget everything he knows about writing fiction, which is why its so unrelatable and unreadable.
To conclude, I'm left asking myself as I listen to the audiobook of A Plague of Giants: what the in the name of sanity was this man thinking when he wrote this because I know he knows how to write properly?
The best thing that can be said about it is that it IS NOT American Gods by Neil Gaimen. That BORED me. At least A Plague of Giants has some interesting aspects - mostly around the magic system. But it's a huge step down in quality and content of a splendid writer.
And I'm a little bit sad about that as I like the guy for who he is and compared The Iron Druid Chronicles to the works of Jim Butcher and J.K. Rowling.
havin' read/listened to Kevin's previous work I was really lookin' fwd to this,unfortunately for whatever reason I couldn't focus properly on the plagues peoples,lands etc so will listen again at some stage,performance by Luke and Xe was second to none and think it deserves 5 stars regardless.
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Fantastic take on Earth Magic and the elements!
If you have a basic understanding of the elements of Wicca, Paganism, Shamanism etc, you will find this an easy and enjoyable read.
My husband and I can't wait for the next book!
Absolutely loved the Iron Druid Chronicles.
Characters had substance and felt real. Great Stories and you could feel that Luke Daniels enjoyed performing.
This book, however, I could not gain traction, it felt like slipping on mud.
Sorry but Ms Sands performance even in high tension chase scenes put me to sleep.
Cannot wait for the next volume. Once you get your head around all the characters, it is a fantastically interesting interwoven tale. Love the performances too. Highly recommended.