After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.
Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge—but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.
Published November 27th 2012 by Random House Audio
Four Stars: Still an outstanding series but this book takes on a bit too much!
After twelve years of hiding and training while pretending to be dead, Atticus is about to present Granuaile to Gaia for binding. She will be the first new Druid in over a thousand years. Of course, after almost a decade of peace, one can only expect a whole passel of trouble to erupt once the world learns that Atticus is alive. Karma payback can be a bit nasty, and unfortunately for Atticus, he has made plenty of enemies over the years. Revenge is the name of the game and Atticus finds that he is now target numero uno for just a few of his nemesis: the dark elves, the vampires, Bacchus, Loki and the Daughter of Hel to name a few.....Can Atticus once again escape to fight another day?
What I Liked:
- I loved Granuaile's growth in this one. I have always liked her character as she is spunky, feisty and able to handle everything thrown at her. Now as a full fledged Druid, Granuaile shows that it is no fluke that she survived her training. She is a worthy Druid and she proves time and time again that she is able to kick butt and take names, and she shows up Atticus more than a few times. It is nice to finally see a female character who can go toe to toe with Atticus. Granuaile has come a long way since we first met her tending bar. I especially liked her bad ass weapon. A fighting staff with some special powers thanks to the Irish Smiths and a lady Fey. One of the best scenes in the book, for me, was when Graunualie discovers and tests out her for different animal forms. Having a strong female/male duo will appeal to both male and female readers.
- Once again, there is an exorbitant amount of detail and research in this book. One thing I love about this series is learning about all the mythology and legends from around the world. Mr. Hearne makes sure to pack each installment with plenty of lore. This time around, we learn about the dark elves (finally), the Greek and Roman Gods of Olympus, and there is plenty on the Celtic gods, the Norse, Loki and Hell, and even a bit on dwarves. If you enjoy mythology this is the series for you!
- Without giving too much away, I was so excited to see the romance finally happen. Many of us have been eagerly anticipating that pivotal moment when Atticus and Granuaile move their relationship into the romantic plane. It finally goes there!! I enjoyed all the buildup and tension. Atticus' numerous scenes of distracting himself with baseball and such are particularly humorous. For all of you worried about this series having a romance, don't worry it is subtle and it takes a back seat to everything else that is going on.
- As always, you can count on a book in The Iron Druid Chronicles to be packed full of danger, action and lots of fighting scenes. I think this book had more fight scenes than any of its predecessors, and that is saying something. My personal favorite was the encounter with the killer clowns in the sporting goods store.
- I was happy that almost all of the dangling threads from the previous books were addressed such as the issue with Leif, the attack from Hel and such. I was relieved that Mr. Hearne was able to get them worked into the plot, even after a twelve year delay. The only thing missing was Coyote!
- I listened to the majority of this book on audiobook, but I did read a few chapters, namely I went back and read the chapter from the dwarf (see below). I have only read one book out of the series and the rest I have listened to the audiobooks. Once again, I recommend the audiobook not only because Luke Daniels is such an amazing narrator, but I appreciate having him pronounce everything correctly, because when I attempt it, I get it all wrong. Also there are a lot of names that start with "F" in this one, and for whatever reason, it was much easier for me to keep track of everyone when listening vs. reading. I think because Mr. Daniels does such an tremendous job with the voices and accents. If you can get your hands on the audiobooks for this series, do so. They are so well done and absolutely amazing!
And The Not So Much:
- The main reason I didn't give this book five stars was because I felt that it was overly ambitious. I am used to Atticus just having one or two enemies after him. This time there were so many assaults coming from all different angles: vampires, dark elves, Olympus Gods, Hel and Loki and an unknown traitor from the Celtic side. This book felt like it lacked a bit of focus and it was very chaotic. I did enjoy it, but I much prefer a more focused story, it makes for a cleaner read. Atticus is becoming a bit difficult to like as well, since he is so cocky and it seems he is making it his mission to piss off everyone. Don't get me wrong, I still love him, but he really manages to get is ass in a big bind!
- Toward the end, there was a section where Atticus encounters a dwarf. This dwarf is in mourning and he is verbose in his speaking. This dwarf launches into this lengthy story about Loki attacking the dwarves followed by his daughter Hel and her army of the dead. This section was very wordy and drawn out and difficult to follow, my attention definitely waned with this portion. (I listened to it, and had to go back and read it since it was hard to fathom.)
- This book ends on a vicious cliffhanger. I am not used to the books in this series ending with jarring endings. Normally, Mr. Hearne is good about letting Atticus be victorious and living to fight another day. Not this time, the final scene has Atticus, Oberon and Granuaile running for their lives. It was a cruel ending indeed. At least the wait time for the next book, Hunted, isn't too far off as it is set to release June 2013.
- I neglected to read the novella: Two Ravens and One Crow before diving into this book. Normally, missing a novella usually isn't a big deal, but this time around it proved to be a bit of a problem. Numerous times in the story, Atticus refers to incidents that happened six years prior that took place in the novella, such as an uneasy alliance with Odin. After reading Trapped, I did go back and read the short story and it filled in the gaps. I would recommend reading the novella before attacking Trapped.
The Iron Druid Chronicles is still going strong after five books. This series never ceases to thrill me, and I always learn plenty about mythology and legends from around the world when reading these books. You can always count on an action packed adventure when reading an Iron Druid book. If you have yet to check out this series, what are you waiting for? It is without a doubt one of my all time favorite series!
“Falling in love is like that: you always feel like a dumbass at some point, even if you know it‘s coming — it‘s unavoidable.”
“I think every creature near enough to hear that just pooped" Oberon said, "And then it went into hiding. Hunting tip number one:Stay Silent.”
“Hence the reason I encourage you to believe what you wish. The heaven of teh Pastafarians is supposed to have beer volcanoes, which sounds like a fantastic idea to me. Imagine eruptions of a mellow chocolaty stout. There might be all-you-can-eat hot wings."
“Druid log July 15: Dark elves are not only quick and efficient killers, but creative and pyrotechnically inclined ones.”
“its difficult to dislike a man who takes pleasure in giving away free beer.”
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Watch for Hunted (Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne on June 25th, 2013