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“Another hilarious episode.”Shawna C wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I felt this was Kevin Hearne's weakest offering in this series.”danae wrote this review Tuesday, October 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For some reason this was slow reading for me, and I really really like the series! It does have the novella at the back, but I have that on my kindle already read. ;-) I was worried that this was the end of the series, but there's a dangling plot line so not.”Tami H wrote this review Sunday, September 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Holy Hot Tamles, what a ride ! I don't think I recover quickly from the trauma to my heart. Mr. Hearne, pulled out all his "A" game cards and dragged Atticus, Oberon, Granuaile and the Morrigan through some pretty rough times. I had to drag out the tissues, my heart ached. Then BAM the roller-coaster ride was tossing up another twist and I was screaming with joy and hope. I can't tell you anything about the story without spoiling it. The ending was sweet and left the door open for the next adventure.
I'm left shattered and blissfully satisfied after this edition in the series. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.”
“There were some game changers this time around. The shock delivered at the beginning of the book had me screaming “NOOOOOOO” in my head off and on throughout my reading. I was devastated that my favorite character, who never failed to spice things up, was killed off. How could I go on reading? Then another unexpected death took me by surprise. What is happening?
It became a bit tedious as they would run for their life, stop to eat or sleep, fight someone in their way, then run for their lives again. I had anticipated an epic battle between the Morrigan and the two goddesses of the hunt but it was a mere moment. I was disappointed yet again when Loki was on the scene with Atticus and there was a serious lack of a showdown. What a waste. I was impressed with how Atticus later dealt with the goddesses however.
I liked how Hearne switched things up by presenting Granuaile’s point of view. Involving the Dark Elves again was gratifying. The new character Werner Drasche was original and I hope to see more of him. His ability is alarming and it would be cool if he became an ally of the druids.
I was entertained by the return of the flamboyant thunder god Perun, especially the description of his appearance. “The V in his tight belted tunic plunged precipitously and ended just above his belly button, allowing what appeared to be red shag pile carpeting to spill out. His pants were tucked into blue calf-high boots with a flared top. He looked like a superhero from the seventies.” Love it. I also had a laugh when Atticus explained to the Olympians why they should be concerned with the Norse. He mentions all sorts of possible mayhem that could be caused by fire giants, frost giants, Hel and her semi-corporeal zombies, the world serpent, and he added “we may or not have to deal with dark elves. Humans won’t stand a chance against them. Well, maybe Chuck Norris would.”
Two other excerpts I thought were funny: From Herne “I’ll be spanked by all the men of Scotland before me mates are wiped out and no one pays for it!” From Oberon “One day, Atticus was amazed to discover that when Jupiter said, ‘As you wish,’ what he really meant was ‘I love you.’ ” Great “Princess Bride” plug.
The parting gift that provided the cliffhanger ending was one of those things that make you go “hmm…” The next installment could prove to be quite interesting.
“Another masterpiece. Not only is this one of my favorite series, Kevin Hearne has earned his place on my literary Mt. Rushmore. Construction will begin once we receive the proper permits. ”The Supreme Force wrote this review Wednesday, August 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I Want Another!! I love the suspense and intriguing plot.”Fire Raven wrote this review Monday, July 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Started: July 10, 2013
Finished: July 24, 2013”
“Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne
4 of 5 Stars
Druids Atticus O’Sullivan and Granuaile, along with faithful wolfhound Oberon are on the run from the Roman and Greek goddesses of the hunt Diana and Artemis for trapping Bacchus. Of course, being a fugitive in modern-day Europe isn’t enough, they need to prevent Norse god Loki from unleashing Ragnarok, better known as the Apocalypse.
This book has many surprises and twist. Plus, you can’t help but love Oberon; he’s sure to make anyone laugh. It’s worth reading the book for him alone.
Hunted is a creative and entertaining novel. If you love mythology, you need to read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series with its modern spin on the characters and cultures.
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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(Description nicked from B&N.com.)
“For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.”
A new Iron Druid novel is always a treat for me, and this one was wonderful. The past couple of books have been good, but haven’t been quite as incredibly awesome as the ones that came before. Mostly that was due to a few wee issues I had with the pacing, but that’s not the case with Hunted. Hearne took a single plotline and ran with it—and in the case of his main characters, that “running” is literal. Atticus and his friends traverse Europe on a mad dash to escape the goddesses of the hunt, and although this gets close to my hated “interminable wandering in the woods” plot, this book never sinks into being boring. Everything that happens here furthers the plot, and nothing is extraneous.
This time we also get something different: a few sections of the story are told from Granuaile’s point of view. Her voice is distinct from Atticus’s in that she sounds more like what I would have imagined a druid’s inner voice would be. Her thoughts are organized, almost formal, and lyrical. It’s an interesting contrast to Atticus, whom readers are used to “hearing” as the narrator. Of course, there’s also plenty of humor thrown around by Oberon, the snarky Irish wolfhound. I never get tired of his antics, and he provides some of the funniest moments.
I have to hand it to the author for managing to take these wonderfully amusing characters and delivering one of the most somber moments I’ve seen in fantasy fiction. Without giving away too much, it involves Oberon reflecting on how old he is and realizing that he’s much older than any other dog. It’s nice to see that these characters aren’t one-trick ponies of humor—they can be serious as well.
I find myself really liking all the characters. I genuinely like Atticus and would love to sit down and chat with him over a beer. The villains are not mustache-twirlingly evil—they have understandable motivations. And there are some characters whose motivations and allegiances remain in question, giving readers something to chew on while waiting for the next installment.
The inclusion of a variety of mythological pantheons works well, as it acknowledges how many belief systems there are in the world and doesn’t negate any of them. I was pleased to see Herne the Hunter make an appearance in this book alongside the expected Greek and Roman regulars. Hearne (the author) shines at making these differing gods and heroes coexist in a way that feels organic instead of forced.
Above all else, Hunted is a fun book. It has action, peril, laughs, and great characters. I have gleefully shoved this book into many people’s hands and will continue to do so as long as it’s in print. If you’re not reading the Iron Druid Chronicles, you’re missing out on one of the best urban fantasy series on the shelves, and you have some catching up to do to get to the awesomeness that is Hunted.
This review originally appeared on Owlcat Mountain on June 26, 2013.