And then there were three: Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Posted 18 June, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 14 Comments

And then there were three: Shattered by Kevin HearneShattered by Kevin Hearne
Published by Del Rey, Random House LLC on June 17, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336

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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14 Responses to “And then there were three: Shattered by Kevin Hearne”

  1. Poodle/sausage obsession? Is this mixed up with your sassier romance reads?

    I’m pretty sure I say this on all Kevin Hearne reviews, including your previous ones, but I haven’t get read this particular series, and darned if I know why. Well, I do know–lack of time, but definitely not lack of interest! It seems like everyone I know loves it, and if you’re still into this series this far in (despite this not being your fave), I should bite the bullet. Sometime.

    And yes, Mary. ALWAYS BACON.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  2. I’m actually looking forward to this book, but mainly because I get to break my “no-buy” rule since Kevin Hearne will be in Minneapolis on Friday. But I do think that it gets harder to maintain a good series when you’re… you know, seven books in.

  3. You and I are polar opposites on characters LOL

    Gran–I think I would love her in her own series but I don’t like things from her POV in this series. I also don’t like the romance (though I love her relationship with the pups)!

    Owen–I like the crochety old man so far 🙂

    I am about 1/3 of the way in so I might change my mind at the end. I wasn’t a big fan of the last book though so I am hoping this one is better.

  4. This is one of those series that I keep meaning to read but never get around to. I think it’s because I basically want to read it because of Oberon. The rest of it doesn’t grab my attention.

    I’m going to just have to take the plunge one day.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  5. I can’t believe this is already at number seven in the series. This sounds fun, despite “Owen, crochety old bastard that he is.” Ha-ha. I do like a good old fashioned grump on occasion 🙂

  6. I can’t wait until I get caught up to this book. Even if it wasn’t your fave, it still seems as if you really enjoyed it. I’m glad we also get a bit more Granuaile. Still, if she gets her own book… she must have Oberon in it. I love that dog. LOL

  7. I’m behind in this series but every review I read makes me want to catch up. I’m on book two on audio and I adore Oberon – so without even reading this I can totally agree with your plea for more Atticus/Oberon action. Glad you enjoyed this even if it wasn’t your favorite! Awesome review 🙂

  8. I can’t remember who told me that the main character was a pompous ass. I have the first few books and I’ve been meaning to read it forever. I even met the author. I totally need to do it. I started the audio once then got distracted by something else shinier. Now I’m intimidated that I’m so many behind. *sigh* I should just jump in huh.

  9. GAH. I haven’t even read this series. I think I read the first book years ago, but I never continued with it. Between you and Carmel and about a dozen others, I think I’m going to have to give it another go. Clearly, I’m missing out . . .

  10. Like Karen, I’ve been meaning to give this series a try. The fans are so devoted and enthusiastic about Hearn’s world, that I can’t help but be curious!
    Thanks for the great review, Mary!

  11. I keep hearing great things about this series! I need to get going on it, but as the books pile up, I start getting nervous. But I want to meet this guy and his dog and go on these adventures too. Hope the next one is better than this one!

  12. I loved the first two books in this series which is surprising because of it’s lack of romance. The story is just awesome and funny. Glad to hear there is finally romance and it’s with Granuaile, yay! I’ve listened to the audio versions narrated by Luke Daniels and he’s excellent! Wonderful review, Mary! I need to catch up with this series. 🙂