Published by Del Rey, Random House LLC on June 17, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAcclaimed 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.
Have I told you yet how much I love this series? Atticus and his pup Oberon (especially sassy Oberon and his poodle/sausage obsession), even Granuaile, the newest Druid in the world and Atticus’s lover. It’s fun and fast-paced and pulls from mythologies from pretty much every pantheon around the world. However, this is one series that needs to be read pretty much in order because Atticus’s actions in the world keep building and rebounding upon one another (sometimes, this is good…sometimes, not so much).
We’re now on book seven and Atticus is no longer the only druid in the world. Granuaile is a fully capable druid in her own right and Atticus rescued his old (read: ancient) mentor off a Time Island and pulled him into the modern world. Told from the perspectives of each of the druids, this novel reads more like three stories that just happen to overlap at times.
Granuaile’s story is definitely my favorite timeline, considering she gets to play with some normally reclusive Yetis (while helping them build an ice hockey rink) and fight an evil sorcerer in India. Atticus had a good time, too, as he get to annoy his old teacher (now called Owen) while teaching him how to live in the craziness of the modern world. In the end, Atticus, Owen and Granuaile do all get together to save the world and live to fight another day (woo-hoo for more Iron Druid!).
As much as I love the series overall, this wasn’t my favorite. It was kind of a slog to read the perspective of Owen, crochety old bastard that he is. He’d make an excellent secondary character but, as a main character with his own POV, I just didn’t like him very much (granted, he’s not supposed to be very likeable because he’s like one of those old school nuns who enjoyed breaking wooden rulers over students’ knuckles). Let’s just stick with Atticus and Granuaile, shall we? Or, better yet, give Granuaile her own series (which I’d definitely read) and let’s get back to Atticus and his awesome pup, Oberon. Bacon, anyone?
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