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Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles #7)

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Acclaimed 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 go
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2014)
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Ren
Jul 20, 2014 Ren rated it it was amazing
This one of my favorite series by any author ever. The teaser description is great, but ... WHAT ABOUT OBERON??? Oberon, Atticus' faithful Irish Wolfhound, is actually my favorite character. I need to know that he's okay and that he may finally find happiness with a slutty poodle and an endless supply of bacon. This is very important!
Michael
May 27, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles is one of the best things happening not just in the the universe of urban fantasy but in the publishing world today. With the seventh installment, Hearne graduates to hardcover where hopefully he'll find an even larger audience to appreciate the exploits of Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon.

A quick word of warning, however. If you haven't read the first six installments in this series, starting here is probably going to be a confusing experience. While Hearne wis
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Casey
Jun 19, 2014 Casey rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, druids
The characters were in fine form, the writing as usual was great. But it felt like it was missing a plot to me. This book felt like two and half story lines that all were smooshed together. Typically each book has had a theme and this was the first that did not. It was greatly missed.

It felt like I started reading the in middle of the book. The ending was good but really unfulfilling as I was simply following events instead of reaching an important ending.

Typically I give Kevin Hearne solid fiv
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Jake Menne
Aug 03, 2014 Jake Menne rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Why mess with a good thing?

I loved the first six books and actually kind of hated this one.

My first problem was the change in format. The first five books were single first person POV and the sixth had one addition, which I didn't have a problem with because I thought it was a one time thing. But this one had three POVs which, in my opinion, did not work out. Not only did it take away from the story and make it really choppy but it was just weird! There were three first person POVs and two of t
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Lyn
Nov 08, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it
Kevin Hearne’s genius seems to not just be that he has created Atticus O’Sullivan and the Iron Druid universe, but that he continues to surround Atticus with even more interesting characters.

First, of course, is Oberon, his Irish wolfhound who is bound to Atticus through druidic binding and thus the two can converse telepathically. Next was Granuaile, his apprentice / love interest / fierce fellow druid and then all of the various gods and goddesses who Hearne draws with an experienced brush, d
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Treswoc
Sep 28, 2015 Treswoc rated it it was amazing
Love this guy. For a while, it was tough to scratch my Dresden itch in between Jim Butcher's novels, then I read my first Iron Druid novel. Now I love Atticus and Oberon every bit as much as Harry and Mouse (and Mister). Kevin Hearne is a goateed master of urban fantasy.
Chantaal
This is probably my favorite urban fantasy series, period. I love Atticus, I love Hearne's nerdy humor, and I love the weaving of various religions and myths into the world Hearne has created. I'm glad that Granuaile got her own POV chapters in Hunted , because she truly shines here. Owen, Atticus' archdruid, is entertaining, but not nearly a strong enough voice to counter Atticus and Granuaile, who have already had six books of character development already.

So, point by point.

The Plot
Shattere
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Komal
Sep 28, 2014 Komal rated it did not like it
I think it's time to start a new shelf. A shelf for series that have run their course. On this yet to be named shelf, there are already two slots reserved; one for Chicagoland Vampires & the other for the Iron Druid Chronicles.

With this series, I can't exactly pinpoint where things started to go wrong. I remember feeling a sense of comfort in the earlier books. Atticus was charming and sweet as was the setting of Tempe, Arizona. Hearne's incorporation of mythology was also a big plus. When
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Commentary
Jul 13, 2014 Commentary rated it liked it
What a slog! Waaaay too many POVs, too many characters, too many supernaturals, too many gods (what, do you think you will be punished if you leave one out?), too many magical artifacts, too many locations and too many plot lines. Really, everything from yetis to every fae you can think of, and gods from every culture, including Jesus for cripes sake? I kept waiting for the kitchen sink. This is a great series, but this book was just a confusing mess. Our heroine still just doesn't ring true for ...more
Belinda Lewis
Jun 25, 2014 Belinda Lewis rated it did not like it
Kevin Hearne gives equal first person perspective in Shattered to both Owen and Granuaile, but doesn't capture anything particularly original or interesting in said voices. And this means only a third of the book is in Atticus's voice; his humour and relationship with Oberon is really what makes this series for me. It also reads like three disparate stories sloppily mushed together. Very disappointing, because I've been enjoying the hell out of this mythos.
Haydn
Jun 21, 2014 Haydn rated it liked it
This suffers from too many things happening, too many points of view, and a lack of focus. I enjoyed it to an extent, but not anywhere near as much as I liked his others.
Chip
Jul 27, 2014 Chip rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Not that the prior books were particularly spectacular, but this one was a significant move downhill. If it were the first in the series, I wouldn't have bothered to move on - and frankly this one was so bad I think I'm finished now anyway. Sample issues: Hearne has moved from one protagonist (Atticus) to three (also Granuaile and Owen), all first person. Unfortunately, their voices aren't particularly distinguishable (which I guess actually means that wasn't Hearne writing the character of Atti ...more
Cherie
Oct 08, 2015 Cherie rated it really liked it
New format: each MC gets his own story space and avatar at the chapter headings. I like it.
I like Owen Kennedy. Lots of action in India with the witch from a previous volume and we now have YETIs.

I will be looking forward to the next book in the series.
Fin
Jun 26, 2014 Fin rated it it was ok
Shelves:
Not my favorite book in this series.

Too many POV changes.

Too many Gods, Fae, etc.

Not enough plot.

Overall just a boring book.
Fredrik

Three gods, two Druids and a selkie walk into a bar...

This book is so powder! As usual, we're thrown right into the action and it doesn't really let up. What I found particularly brilliant was the recap at the beginning of the book, quickly explaining what happened in the previous six books in the series. The pronunciation guide is very welcome, too. But seriously, Scáthmhaide as the name of a staff? I forgot how to pronounce that pretty fast. Each chapter also starts with a small graphic

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D.G.
Jul 29, 2015 D.G. rated it liked it
**2.5 stars**

Shattered is definitiely the worst book in this series. Instead of a cohesive story, we have almost 3 novellas told from different POVs: Granuaile, Atticus and Owen, with ocassional intervention by one another to tie the whole thing together. It just didn’t work. Granuiele has become a less interesting version of Atticus and the Arch Druid is a new character, so I didn’t care being so much in his head.

The story starts after Atticus wakes up his Arch Druid to the fact that he’s been
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Wordsmith
Jul 01, 2014 Wordsmith rated it it was ok
"Shattered," the seventh novel in Kevin Hearne's "Iron Druid Chronicles," was a disappointment. The interplay between Atticus and Granuaile was largely absent, as they spent the book on separate adventures, and really, tying the Yeti into Celtic mythology? Hearne needs to figure out that NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE CELTIC TO BE GOOD!

He also adds a third viewpoint character, here, and I frankly hate the character, Atticus's former Archdruid, Owen Kennedy (in the Anglicized version, I won't even try
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Richard Guion
Jun 25, 2014 Richard Guion rated it really liked it
I went 100% audiobook on this - didn't even bother with the Kindle edition. There is a new character, Atticus old teacher, Owen, who is 2000 years old. If you thought Luke Daniels was talented, wait until you hear him channel this character, with a thick Irish broque! And Kevin Hearne writes this man out of time in such a funny way that he deserves his own POV chapters.

Atticus and Granuaile each have their own POV chapters as well. Granuaile has a mission in India - her chapters felt a bit bori
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Ami
Aug 03, 2014 Ami marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 45%

I am going to admit defeat. I really didn't think that this was the book's fault, but honestly, my interest with this series had taken a great hit.

It started 2 books ago, with Trapped, after the 12-years jump. The thing is, I didn't like Granuaile as a heroine. I thought she was bland and unimpressive. So when she took more and more scenes, getting her own chapters here with her own adventure, I couldn't find it in me to care. I didn't feel the sparks like it did for the first 4 books
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Eon ♒Edgedancer♒ & part-time Warder ☯
RTC. Yes, I have about 10x R's TC, but I promise I will get there.
RuthAnn
Nov 19, 2014 RuthAnn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adulthood
Best book of the series, easily.

Urban fantasy can be really predictable, but the thing I like best about the Iron Druid series is that nothing ever turns out the way you think it's going to, and that's especially true in Shattered. There was a lot going on in this story, especially now that it's being told from three points of view, and it was handled really well. I really didn't favor one narrator over another, and I think that says a lot about Kevin Hearne's ability to connect with the reader.
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Eric
Sep 05, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of this series
A long running series will occasionally add a point-of-view character to liven things up, and the addition will come off as gimmicky and forced. However, this series, which has already previously added Granuaile as a point-of-view character, seamlessly adds Atticus's former archdruid Owen in this volume.

Owen's chapters are distinct, interesting, and humorous, and we get to see Atticus from a different perspective -- and not just from his own complimentary perspective and that of his smitten app
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately this seventh installment in Kevin Hearne’s THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES terminated its 4/5 star reign for this reviewer. It seemed as though the author tried to go all out for his hardcover debut by incorporating multiple POVs, countless gods, several mythologies, and way too many plot lines which caused the story to lack focus, and to feel somewhat disjointed. I really enjoyed what Owen and Orlaith brought to the table
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Devon H.
I truly love this series, and I'm not gonna stop reading it any time soon. That being said, this book was a fair bit on the boring side, for me. And I think it was because Granuaile came across as stodgy and dull. While I do like that the story is told from three perspectives (mostly... I'd still rather it be mostly Atticus with a Granuaile or Owen chapter thrown in here and there), Granuaile's chapters were just dull. She fretted, she was frank... I didn't get any personality from her, except i ...more
Desinka
Jun 26, 2014 Desinka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this longer installment seemed to suffer from its length. I found the protracted storylines less exciting than I did in previous times. I loved Owen's, Atticus' arch-druid's, addition to the team. I wish he'd stayed old though! I though the added POV a bit too much as I loved the series best when I only had Atticus' POV. NOt that I wasn't entertained to hear what Owen made of the situations but it somehow changed the dynamics and I dislike changes with things I already love!

As usual, Lu
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Jacquie
Jun 19, 2014 Jacquie rated it liked it
Another fun installment in the Iron Druid Chronicles. My favorite part of this series is Atticus's and Oberon's snarky sense of humor. My biggest problem with this book and the previous book is that much of it is written from Granuaile's point of view, and she's just not that interesting. She doesn't think or do anything unexpected and there is very little humor. On the up side, this book also has portions written from the point of view of a third character, who does have a sense of humor, thoug ...more
Janice
This was one of the more enjoyable books in the Iron Druid series. I loved that there was more focus on Granuaile and with it a little more maturity. The two new characters, Owen and Granuaile's hound Arla are a refreshing addition to the series. I even enjoyed the three POV's in the story.
Benni
Jul 11, 2014 Benni rated it it was amazing
Review: http://bennitheblog.com/bookbiters/sh...

A handy summary of past events is presented in the beginning of Shattered, the seventh book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. To be honest, even though I barely remember events from the past few books, I only scanned the summary.

That is because the draw of The Iron Druid Chronicles has always been the characters—the stories are fun and exciting, but they serve merely as backdrops for me to hang out with the Most. Loveable. Gang. Ever. One of the reason
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Nichole Mohler
Sep 30, 2015 Nichole Mohler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!! This series is tied for my favorite with Kim Harrison's Hollows series. Years ago, the Morrigan placed a man on the Time Islands. After her death, Atticus is supposed to go get this man off the island. He is shocked to find out that it is none other than his Archdruid! One more hilarious voice added to the others!! I can just imagine what they all sound like. I don't really do audio books, but I think it would be great to listen to these! Atticus has to get "Owen" up to speed with the ...more
Tom
Jul 05, 2014 Tom rated it liked it
Audio book read by Luke Daniels

I'll start by saying that this is my first foray into the Iron Druid series so this review is from the perspective of someone who hasn't done the previous books. I would not suggest this book as a great place to start this series. I heard this was a great entry point into the series for fans of urban fantasy but so much of what's going on in the plot is lost that I missed the overarching significance of what happened in the story. Now that that's out of the way...

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Kevin is the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, an urban fantasy series published by Del Rey Books. The first six books of the series are now out as well as a novella that's book 4.5 and some other short works. The seventh book, SHATTERED, will be released June 17.
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Other Books in the Series

The Iron Druid Chronicles (10 books)
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  • 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)
  • Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #8)
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