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Kaibab Unbound (The Iron Druid Chronicles 0.6)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  2,005 ratings  ·  88 reviews
A short story in The Iron Druid series that occurs two weeks before the events of the first book.

*Short story bundled with Clan Rathskeller (another short story) at the back of the ebook Hounded, Iron Druid Chronicles Book 1.
ebook, pdf, 17 pages
Published 2011 by Kevin Hearne
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Kaibab Unbound is a short story following the continuing misadventures of Atticus O’Sullivan and his wolfhound Oberon. Naturally, the tale is targeted toward those who are already loyal followers of The Iron Druid Chronicles, so readers interested in trying out the series should probably start with Hounded, not this piece.

For those unfamiliar with Atticus, he is the last of the ancient druids and has lived for twenty-one-centuries. Thankfully, for him,
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Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: A short story in The Iron Druid series that occurs two weeks before the events of the first book.

My Review: A few things I'd wondered about were answered in this short. It's worth reading just for a small bit of background developed in a satisfying way.

Atticus and Oberon, both in wolfhound form, running through the gorgeousness of the Kaibab Plateau...that, by itself, is enough reason to read the story. If you've been to the Grand Canyon, this vignette will
I was beginning to worry that Hearne really really sucked at short stories. This was a little bit of a longer short story & was better. My favorite line was "naked women rarely welcome the approach of strange naked men, except in porn movies".

Atticus is taking a short vacation with Oberon when they encounter some witches who are up to no good (of course).

A quick read & entertaining.

If you go here, you can click on 'preview' to read the whole thing:
Dec 27, 2011 Laurel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
This novella/short story is similar to the previous in that it has a wonderful dialogue between Atticus and Oberon. It also has a very strong moral tale about the consequences of power. I enjoyed it!
Besides being a great story on its own, I think this would work perfectly for anyone trying to decide whether to read this series, since it highlights many of the things you'll find in it (well, the first book, at least). The magic system and how the main character fits into it; he's attitude toward violence, punishment, and death; the amount and type of violence to expect; but most important of all, Oberon, his dog. I'm sure that for some people he may be a bit over the top, but I found him hil ...more
Kevin, you have done it again.
I love these stories, they make me laugh.
This one has cute squirrels in it that I had too google,they are too cute.


In this story Atticus and Oberon take a trip to Kaibab Plateau for some running and hunting. On the way they stop at a coffee shop where the come across an unknown witch that attracts Atticus's attention just basically because she is a witch and he doesn't trust them. The story apparently occurs a considerable amount of time before Hounded as Oberon has no idea yet about all the dangers in his owner's life. When they reach the Plateau, Atticus commune
Ohmigosh! I love Atticus and his trusty hound so much. SO MUCH. I just love these little snippets that let us peek back into their world. The vengeance and bloodshed was fun, too!

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

Kaibab Unbound was a free online read as of 1/10/13.
A nice short story that came in Hounded, good back and forward between Atticus and Oberon, that is pretty much all that actually matters on this one. I'm not sure at what point in time is did in reference with Hounded as Clan Rathskeller was like 10 months before the events of Hounded, not that it matters that much, is just that I was curious. This kinda of thing makes me wonder how it is that Atticus managed to live for over 2000 years and be relatively weak when he had a god pissed off at him, ...more
This was a fun little back story into Atticus' life before it became hectic and I liked it quite a bit.
I really enjoyed this. My pleasure warrants more than 3 start but the story and characters weren't particularly complex. It's a delightful and well written interlude between longer, more serious books though.
Another quick short story included in with book one. I really enjoyed this elemental story.
Riana Elizabeth
I'm finding Hearne an immensely enjoyable read. Great escapism!
John Bonfiglio
Apr 04, 2012 John Bonfiglio marked it as to-read
Can not find this. =( Sad.
To be honest with you, I kept putting off reading Clan Rathskeller & Kaibab Unbound. While I enjoy reading the Iron Druid books by Kevin Hearne, I just wasn't sure I would like the short stories as strongly.

I was wrong.

The thing I like most while reading Kevin Hearne's work, is his voice. It's humorous and full of life. Sometimes, while reading his novels, I feel he is sitting down next to me reading them aloud. They feel alive and similar to talking with a friend.

Speaking of friends, one of
Feb 18, 2014 Lynne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the Iron Druid series
3.5 stars for Atticus's actually fulfilling the purpose Gaia intended.

A good lead-up to the Iron Druid books, a brief primer on Siodhachan, his hound, some exposition on the magic we'll see in subsequent books, and just exactly what Druids are able to do when they're not stealing weapons, staying under the radar of angry, vengeful gods, avoiding run-ins with Johnny Law, making deals with other supernatural folk in exchange for favors, or granting *ahem* other kinds of favors to goddesses of vary
This is a short story that takes place a couple of weeks prior to the events in the 1st book, and had I read it back when I read Hounded Iprobably would have enjoyed it more. At this point I have read 4 books in this universe so this story did not really tell me anything new about the characters or the universe in which they live in.

Still, Oberone was amazing and funny as always. I will never stop enjoying their banter and relationship. Atticus is his normal paranoid, evaluating, and brave self,
Mathew Carruthers
Another Kindle bonus included with the Kindle version of "Hounded" - technically, it's the 3-pack edition of Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered. All the same, it's still a good read that I didn't have to go out of my way to track down, once I finished Hounded and got thoroughly hooked on the series.
Atticus and Oberon head to the Grand Canyon for a hunt and run into a trio of witches after they bind the elemental Kaibab to the body of a squirrel (to take it's power) after saving said critter, the true elemental power of Kaibab is unleashed, and no witch survives.
The second short story bundled with Kevin Hearne's 'Hounded' in which Atticus O'Sullivan and his dog Oberon encounter some witches up to no good (of course) while on a short vacation.

Compared to the previous short story, this shows more the nature of Atticus connection to the land (he's a 2000+ year old Druid, remember), especially with the forest setting. It also takes the saying "nature, red in tooth and claw" quite literally!
Another very good "prequel" short story in the Iron Druid series. In this one Atticus and Oberon take a trio up to the Kaibab forest north of the Grand Canyon and must deal with a trio of powerful witches who've bound the elemental spirit of the woods.
Traci Haley
I really love it when Atticus interacts with elementals in the earth. LOVE. I absolutely adore the way Kevin Hearne describes magic and the way Atticus works his craft. It's absolute perfection. This story was quite satisfying on all those accounts.
I cannot help but love the short stories of the Iron Druid. Worth the read, but definitely suggest you read these before you read the series just because they take place as a prequel to the first novel.
Adam Ashworth
I enjoyed display of the different magics in this tale, and the awesomeness that is the power of the earth. Plus... squirrel!
Another short story that came along with Hounded. This one was a lot more fun. I am ready to read more of this series.
This came as a free story in my ebook of Hounded. It was unexceptional, though a bit unexpectedly disturbing.
Better than the last one, though it missed some of the humor that was present in the first book
Another introduction for the "mean" druid, his best dog friend and some unlucky witches.
Nichole Mohler
Great short story! I just started this series and I love it!!
A short story in the Iron Druid series, occurring before Hounded.
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Other Books in the Series

The Iron Druid Chronicles (9 books)
  • Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
  • Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2)
  • Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)
  • Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)
  • Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)
  • Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #6)
  • Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7)
  • Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #8)
  • Untitled (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #9)
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1) Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2) Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3) Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4) Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)

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