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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

Critic Reviews

"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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I <3 Atticus

I am a huge fan of this series and have hung on every word with great delight and relish and I look forward to any new stroke of Kevin Hearne's pen.

That said, this book, while enjoyable, took too long to get started and while I think Owen and Granuile are wonderful in their own rights, their new viewpoints in this book are a big break from the previous installments and honestly, took over way too much of the story. I missed Atticus. It hardly felt like he was in the book at all. I'd totally read the Arch-Druid or the Apprentice spin-offs but wanted more of the Iron Druid I fell in love with.

Luke Daniels shines like the superstar he is.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Leanna
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 07-03-14

Great series but...

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This is a great series, and Luke Daniels does a wonderful job bring the stories to life, but this book has a different format from the others. In this book, we get points of view (POVs) from more characters than just Atticus. I didn't care for the change in POVs. I am not sure if my dislike is because the change in POVs was so unexpected that I was unable to adapt to it or if it actually lessened the quality of the story. It was almost as if Hearne was going for A Song of Ice and Fire format but didn't capture the essence of smooth POV transitions completely. I would not suggest skipping this installment as I did for the novella but be warned about the new format. Oberon is back and still the best canine character out there. It is almost always worth the read/listen just to find out what Oberon is going to say next.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I love this series but this was a miss :(

I love this series, but this book was a huge disappointment. This is usually a author that is a drop everything and read and I actually stopped halfway through and listened to another book. I did go back an finish but it was a struggle. I HATED the changing POV BUT, I totally hear the way to do the book is in audio so you can at least TELL when the POV changes by the changing voice. I hear people that read had to skim ahead to find out who was POV, then back tract. The fractured storyline was more confusing than engaging. It should have been released as 3 novellas or short stories. The saving grace was Luck Daniels who is outstanding, as always. I don't know if this is a book you can skip cause it does further the characterization but it's not enjoyable. I don't know if I will continue the series if he keeps up this form.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • Auberry, CA, United States
  • 06-26-14

Kind of boring

This series reminds me of the True Blood books where they each get progressively worse till you wonder why an author would torment his fans like this. The previous two books in this series were trending down but this one is a huge step down.

You get sick of the many different little story lines all over the planet that just seem like boring filler. One second there in Japan then India, the Colorado, then Arizona, then, etc.... Sheesh, get a plot before you put a book out.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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This Kennedy is no hero

Some characters should never meet the light of day...and the Kennedy that was brought back from exile should have been left marooned on that desert island...I am through with this series,,,I am done...I am such a fool I kept on to the bitter end...no more sequels for me in the Iron Druid Chronicles after the first 2 save your credits

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  • Meghan
  • CANTON, GA, United States
  • 07-21-14

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

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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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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Another good novel from Kevin Hearne

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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