Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.
But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words. Audiobook, Unabridged Published April 24th 2012 by Random House Audio
Five Stars: I just can't get enough of this series!
Atticus has made all the preparations for his death. Now in the middle of the Arizona desert, he and Coyote with the help of the Morrigan stage a spectacular death scene for all the world, and Coyote, in the guise of Atticus, is murdered by the vengeful Norse gods. It is a good thing he can regenerate! Of course, Coyote has a price, a small favor if you will. Atticus is about to find out how not so small this favor is. It turns out that Coyote wants to set up a mine to help the native people in Northern Arizona. It shouldn't be a problem for Atticus to commune with an elemental and have some gold moved. Before this can be done, they are attacked by terrifying creatures called skinwalkers which are impossibly hard to kill. Coyote brought Atticus here knowing full well the skinwalkers would be a problem, but that is the trick of the favor you see. Atticus must somehow kill the skinwalkers, even though no one is certain how to go about it, even Coyote. Will Atticus survive his faked death only to die at the hands of the skinwalkers?
What I Liked:
- I am a huge fan of this series and Mr. Hearne never fails to entertain me. What I love most about these books is the wit and humor that is sprinkled in. It often helps lighten the mood when things get dangerous, but mostly it is just good old fun. From the channeling of Star Trek to discussions on how much a butt load of nails is, there are plenty of laughs. I am never bored with these books.
- This book returned back to the familiar recipe of Atticus being in a ton of trouble and pursued by dangerous assailants, whereas book three, Hammered, took on a rather melancholy tone as Atticus prepared to fight the Norse. Atticus spent a great deal of time saying farewell to his former home and friends in the last book, and I admit it was a bit of a downer. Thankfully, this one is more in line with the first books as it Atticus is once again in constant peril and enemies are coming from all angles.
- Coyote was one of my favorite characters back in book two, Hexed. Coyote with his laid back attitude and sneaky motives was one of the more captivating secondary characters, so I was excited to see him return in this installment and play a bigger role. Coyote is one of those characters that you are unsure whether to like him or hate him because sometimes he can be fun and likeable and other times a pain in the ass. Yet that is what makes him exciting, you never know what you are going to get with him. Needless to say, he is a whole passel of trouble in this one, but he still made me laugh plenty.
- I appreciate that each and every book is packed full of mythology and legends from all around the world. Mr. Hearne obviously knows his stuff and he shares plenty of myths and stories from different cultures from Celtic to Norse and now the Navajo. If you are a fan of books that feature mythology definitely check out this series. I can only imagine the time it must take Mr. Hearne to research each and every book.
- Atticus has become one of my favorite male leads of all time and that is saying something. He is so different from anyone I have encountered. He is a centuries old Druid who is wise, skilled, and incredibly good at getting his butt out of trouble. I love seeing how he will get himself out of each and every possible death scenario. Not to mention, he is snarky and he always has some brilliant lines.
- This is a series that I can easily recommend to both men and women as there is a bit of something for everyone. Men will of course love all the action and danger, while women will love Atticus' sex appeal and the mythology. If you have seen this series around and hesitated on reading it thinking it is a fantasy or not for you, do yourself a favor take a chance and get these books. This is one of the best Urban Fantasy series I have ever read!
- This is the third book in this series that I have listened to on audiobook, and I highly recommend the audiobooks. I admit that I am not the biggest fan of audiobooks because I have a hard time keeping track of everything and staying focused. It is also hard for me to find the time to devote to listening, but when I do want an audiobook these audiobooks never let me down. Luke Daniels does the narration for all the audiobooks and I think he is absolutely brilliant. His voice renditions are amazing. He is one of those narrators that can do male and female voices equally well. You know how sometimes you listen to a book and the narrator attempts to do a voice in the opposite sex and it just comes off wrong and it makes you shudder? I assure you that Mr. Daniel's feminine voices are nothing like that. They are all well done and very believable. I love the way he does Coyote's voice. I highly recommend listening to these on audiobooks if you get the chance.
And The Not So Much:
- After all the drama and tension this book finally wraps, but I was disappointed that so many of the story lines were left unfinished. Even Atticus noted at the end his concerns regarding everything left undone, I am hopeful that they will be resolved but I understand the next book jumps twelve years into the future so I am unsure how this all will be handled.
- The one aspect that women may find disappointing about this series is there is no romance. This time around, it is apparent that Atticus and Granuaile are attracted to each other but they have yet to act upon those feelings. Their relationship is built on trust, friendship and a mutual respect so it won't be hard to see it moving to that next level. I have a feeling it will likely go that way, so be patient all you romance fans. Personally, I think it is nice to read a story that doesn't focus on a romantic relationship. So if you are a bit tired of the whole romance scene, this is a great series to try.
- I am beginning to dislike the fact that we keep losing so many great secondary characters. Mr. Hearne creates some great side characters that capture your attention and the next thing you know they are moving on or dying and I hate that. This book did it to me once again by introducing me to an absolutely amazing medicine man. Stop tearing my heart out Mr. Hearne! The characters we lost in the last book were hard enough and now this!
The Iron Druid Chronicles is a series I can wholeheartedly recommend for anyone who appreciates a good story with lots of action, great characters and plenty of wit. These books are amazingly detailed and have intricate and entertaining stories. I cannot even begin to imagine what kind of trouble is next in store for Atticus and his trusty dog and new apprentice. I am certain it will be another fun, fast adrenaline ride in the next book. If you are in need of a spectacular new Urban Fantasy series get these books now!
“You, sir," I said, "have all the dignity of a badger with the clap. Shark shit has more fiber than you. I'm going to tie your nuts-first to a monkey's cage and make a mix tape of the resulting noise. Then I'm going to take a bag of marshmallows and a pair of granny panties and-"..... He didn't want to know what I was going to do with those granny panties. Surprisingly, Granuaile did. "Sensei, what were you going to do with those marshmallows and panties?" she whispered as we walked together. "I mean, I'm sure it had to be dire, but it just didn't sound as threatening as the potential havoc a monkey could wreak on his sack." "There was more to that recipe," I admitted. "He cut me off before I could get to the Icy Hot and the gopher snake.”
“I've often been flabbergasted by modern pharmaceutical ads on television. The list of side effects for some maladies often sound worse than the condition they're supposed to treat. Once I even heard "heart failure" listed as a side effect, and I wondered how that happened. Heart failure sounds like a pretty major event to me, and if you're willing to risk heart failure in order to avoid the mild discomfort of some other condition, then may the gods shield you from harm, since you're obviously seeking it out.”
“There is always a price to pay for badassery. Neo was a badass in the Matrix and the Matrix Reloaded, but the price he had to pay was The Matrix Revolutions.”
“First we need to get a buttload of nails.’
‘A buttload? How much is that?’
Granuaile rescued me with her superior knowledge of indefinite units of measurement. ‘I believe that’s slightly more than a shitload but much less than a fuckton.”
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
This completes the tenth book from my TBR Challenge!