For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok - AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living - and still have a world to live in.
Don’t miss Kevin Hearne’s novella "Two Ravens and One Crow" at the end of the audiobook.
Audiobook, Audible, 10 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Random House Audio
Four stars: A strong book, but it has too many story lines left hanging.
Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon are running for their lives since they are being chased by the crazed Norse god Loki, who is bent on killing them, but he is not the only one. Also in pursuit are some of the gods and goddesses of Olympus, namely Diana and Artemis. These two ladies are angry that Atticus stashed Bacchus away and no one can find him. The vampires and dark elves also want a piece of Atticus. To put it shortly he is in deep trouble. It doesn't help that all the trods and pathways are closed. That leaves only one option... RUN LIKE HELL. Can Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon escape with their lives?
What I Liked:
- It is always a pleasure to catch up with Atticus and the gang. I know I can count on a complex, richly detailed story with plenty of lore, mythology and gods and goddesses from all cultures. This series draws heavily on mythological stories and legends from all of the world. You want something with Norse gods, this series has it. How about Greek and Roman mythology? Not your thing? Consider some Native American lore. Perhaps you like the Celtic stories? Or perhaps you just want a series with some paranormal creatures like vampires, shapeshifters or dark elves? Heck, even Jesus and the Virgin Mary make appearances. I can almost bet that you will find something that suits your taste. I appreciate being able to learn about all these mythological gods and goddesses from all over the world, and I love that Mr. Hearne brings them alive in modern day. Some of his takes on the famous gods and goddesses crack me up.
- Atticus is once again back and this time he is in worse trouble than ever. It seems that practically everyone wants a piece of him. Some of the gods are actually engaged in betting on his each and every move because watching the trio flee for their lives as they are pitted against one god or goddess after another is some of the best entertainment many of them have seen in a millennia. This book is the most action packed book of the series to date. There is hardly a moment to breathe. It is one deadly encounter after another. For those of you who like non stop action, this is your book.
- I was surprised to get a few chapters from Granuaile's perspective. At first, it was a bit jarring and I found myself eager for the narration to return to Atticus just because I am used to having everything from his view point, but over time I found that enjoyed seeing things through her eyes. Of course, I later learned there was a big reason for suddenly incorporating her view point. I hope that Mr. Hearne continues to give us scenes in Granuaile's voice in the future. I am pleased that she has become a strong character and I enjoy the brief snippets of romance.
- For those of you who aren't the biggest fans of the lengthy stories and Mr. Hearne philosophizing, you will be glad to know that this book has very few stories and there are only one or two occasions where there are some philosophical ponderings. For the most part, this a straight forward action book with a great deal of running and fighting.
- The humor and sarcasm continue to shine. Oberon has plenty of hilarious lines that will make you snort. Some of them are inserted in the middle of dramatic, tension filled scenes and they provide some comedic relief. I adore the humor and snark in this series.
- The ending was surprising in a good way as Atticus comes through on a long overdue promise to Oberon. I can't wait to see how that storyline continues. There is also a startling recovery of someone long lost to Atticus, and I am eager to follow up on that angle as well. Some exciting upcoming story threads, and I am hopeful that things will settle down a bit and that Atticus will stop running.
- Once again, I listened to the audio version. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with the audiobooks of this series as they are read by the amazingly talented Luke Daniels. Daniels does such a spectacular job with all the voices and accents. I am in awe of his skill. He does the voice of the manticore so well in this one. I cannot read the books because I have gotten used to Daniels doing it for me. I am glad he is there to do all the correct pronunciations for me. This is a series that I will continue to read in audiobook format because it is so phenomenal. I highly recommend you check out the audiobooks, there are some of the best out there!
And The Not So Much:
- This story line is scattered and very complex. There is so much going on that it is a bit hard to keep track of everything. I felt that like the last book, the story took on too much and it is overeager. I much preferred the simplicity of the plots in the first books of the series to the crazy chaos of this plot. There are so many people trying to kill Atticus it is hard to remember who they all are and why they want him dead, especially since their motives stem from the previous books. When you don't have the luxury of reading them all in order it is difficult to keep everything straight. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book but I felt the plot was overambitious. Less is more sometimes.
- While I always adore Atticus and his sharp wit and wicked sense of humor, I was a bit disenchanted with him this time out because I feel he is getting a bit too cocky and arrogant. It isn't a wonder everyone wants him dead with the way he thumbs his nose up at some of them, and at times he is disrespectful. Again, I much prefer the more simple version of Atticus, the quiet, unassuming shop keeper.
- I am hoping that Atticus will settle down and stop running all over the world. At first, it was fun but now I am longing for him to return to Arizona. I thoroughly enjoyed the first books that were set in Arizona. Since Atticus has been on the run, the series has lost a bit of its charm.
- I was extremely disappointed that after all the running and fighting that practically nothing resolved. The book ends with very resolution. I especially didn't like that once it seemed that Atticus was making progress with coming to an agreement with the gods of Olympus that the story takes a dramatic shift and leaves everything hanging. When Atticus suddenly shifts away, he later lands in a highly dangerous predicament. This section felt too lengthy and out of place. Once the dust settles there are many open issues. What about Loki and Hell? The whole thing with Leif is still ongoing. Atticus is a bit closer to ferreting out the traitor in Tir Na Nog but he doesn't have that figured out either. Basically, there is a lot of action and progression but little pay out. I much preferred the earlier books in the series where there was firm resolution by the end. At least this one doesn't end on a jarring cliffhanger like the last book.
Hunted is an entertaining book, but it lacks resolution. I am still a big fan of this series as I love the complexity and the humor. Even though this book was a bit overambitious I enjoyed the story. There are some exciting developments presented at the end and I cannot wait to see what Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon have in store in the next book. If you have yet to check out The Iron Druid Chronicles, I highly suggest you get after it. These books are fantastic!
“Silly dark elves. Earth is for Druids.”
"Missing people in our lives are like wounds we reopen with thoughts.”
“Perhaps he'd been using Just for Gods hair cream.”
"You ever notice the rampant child neglect going on in fairy tales?"
“I knew it. If you give a witch a cookie, she’s going to ask you for a glass of milk.”
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.