Acclaimed author Kevin Hearne makes his hardcover debut with the new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O’Sullivan.
For nearly two thousand 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’s 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.
Four stars: Another exciting adventure for Atticus and the gang, with new plots and resolutions of old story lines.
There is never a dull moment for Atticus. He now finds himself trying to quickly introduce his old teacher, Owen, to the modern world after two thousand years. It is a rude awakening for the crusty old druid. Meanwhile, Granuaile is hanging out in Colorado with her new dog, Arla. Granuaile receives an emergency phone call from someone in her past which takes her to India in pursuit of an evil demonic spirit. Atticus remains with Owen trying to unravel who is trying to kill him. Will the gang survive yet another assassination attempt?
What I Liked:
- Shattered is a building block book that seems to be taking the story arc in all new directions, and I for one was ready for the change. After all killing and escaping, I liked that this book took a step back and focused on new things. Plus, I loved the addition of Owen. If you are a fan of this series, this book with its new revelations should please you.
- Owen stole the show for me. He is a brash, salty, crass old man who was frozen on a time island for two thousand years. Owen is now reinserted in the modern world and in for a few shocks. I loved watching him acclimate to two thousand years of human progression. His observations were hilarious at times. Plus, I loved how he was put Atticus in his place and that he always spoke what was on his mind. He is a bit crude and quick to fight with his fists, and always entertaining. Loved him!
- I appreciated that this story focused on growth and maturation for both Atticus and Granuaile. I was growing a bit frustrated with Atticus' cocky demeanor and how he was always resorting to his sword and killing. This time around, he actually takes a step back and decides to try and solve things diplomatically. I was relieved to see him thinking things through. Granuaile ends up on her own adventure, and I enjoyed watching her figure things out for herself, even though she ends up in some trouble. I am excited to see where both Atticus and Granuaile will go from here. I am also loving the romance, it is sweet and subtle. Just right.
- The plot is complicated and full of story threads. There are three stories in this one, told from three perspectives. You have Atticus trying to find out who amongst the Tuatha Dé Danann is conspiring against him. Then there is Owen learning the modern world, which is all kinds of fun, and finally Granuaile is trying to save her father, which leads her to India, and then to visit the Yeti. I liked the change with the narrations and the story. Owen especially made me laugh. Plus meeting the Yeti was an adventure.
- This book resolves some of the ongoing story lines, while introducing a couple of new ones at the end. I am anxious to see where the next book will take Atticus and the gang.
- I liked that this book was more concise and clear. There weren't any long tangents of lengthy dialogue or insertions for mythological stories. It doesn't get preachy.
- The audiobooks continue to be top notch. Luke Daniels is an absolutely phenomenal narrater. I love his voices and I especially appreciate his pronunciations of all the foreign names and terms. He is without a doubt, one of my favorite narrators.
And The Not So Much:
- Another cliffhanger! Argh! I hate that the last few books have ended on such jarring notes. I am anxiously awaiting the next book which isn't scheduled until 2016!
- While I liked the three different voices, they are as I mentioned, three different storylines going on. I didn't have issues with the narrations, but I didn't like the way everything meshed together. The transitions are choppy and there are lots of cliffhanger chapter enders and then a shift to a different character. I know many readers have complained that they don't like that this series has moved from one narrator to three, but I was okay with it. I did find that I was more invested in one story line over the others.
- I am a bit frustrated that there are so many story lines left dangling and unfinished. I feel like Mr Hearne needs to go in and tie off a few loose ends before introducing new ones. The whole thing with Leif, the dark elves, Loki and many other story lines need to be concluded. It is a lot to keep track of.
Shattered is a building block novel that takes the series in a new direction. I liked the inclusion of Owen, Atticus' former archdruid and I am eager to see how Owen will fit in with the gang down the road. There are a few conflicts resolved while new ones are introduced, setting the stage for what I am sure will be another exciting and adventurous read in book eight. I hate thinking I will have to wait until 2016 to read it.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.