Well you know there is something wrong when it takes you more than a month to read a book in a fav series, when normally its a day or two at most. I fWell you know there is something wrong when it takes you more than a month to read a book in a fav series, when normally its a day or two at most. I found out that the beginning of the story is missing and was published in an anthology presumably in a bid to make more money. Not happy at all.
So because the beginning is missing I never really got into this book and with the 3 alternate POVs I found it very easy to put down and not pick up again. And that is despite the big denouement of the ending of the two thousand yr war of Vampires trying to wipe out the Druids.
The action sequences in Rome were really well done, and the Hammers of Gods' beards were a classic.
As always everyone blames Atticus, when things go wrong, quite unfairly I think. In the end Atticus just wants to do nothing for a while, after surviving 2 thousand yrs of being hunted, Owen wants to create a grove & train apprentice Druids & Granuaile is all set to fight her stepfather & his rapacious greed processing fossil fuels.
I'll read the next one & hope its better than this one....more
Plenty of action and people/fae/beasties out to kill Atticus & Granuaile. Not so much Owen Kennedy, Atticus's Archdruid, as most don't know of himPlenty of action and people/fae/beasties out to kill Atticus & Granuaile. Not so much Owen Kennedy, Atticus's Archdruid, as most don't know of him yet. Atticus rescued him from the Time Stream Islands, after two thousand years, and Owen needs to catch up on what's been happening since he was trapped by the Morrigan.
This book switches POV between Atticus, Owen & Granuaile and some have stated it is a series of stories jammed together to create a book. I disagree. It is a refreshing change in the storytelling but I wouldn't want it to become the norm. I did appreciate the nod to Game of Thrones, very entertaining, as well as Star Wars.
Granuaile, is contacted by Laska about her father who is digging in India (he's an archeologist). So she goes off to India to find out what's happening. And makes some very bad choices.
Atticus is teaching Owen the history he has missed and about the modern world. He is also hopeful that Owen can repair his shapeshifting tattoos.
Oberon is intending to write the perfect book to the Sausage, titled The Five Ways of Meat, after Musashi's Five Ways of War book. And Granuile's hound Orlaith is learning to speak.
Loki is a very bad God, and I'm looking forward to watching Atticus and gang defeat him, hopefully soon.
I so enjoy these intricate plots, and all the different pantheons of Gods and fabled creatures.
Twelve years have passed since the last book Tricked anI so enjoy these intricate plots, and all the different pantheons of Gods and fabled creatures.
Twelve years have passed since the last book Tricked and Granuaile is ready to graduate as a Druid, but every God and assassin is intent on killing them both, preferably before she is bound to the Earth.
Atticus is still dealing with the repercussions of Thor's death and the Norns back in Asgard, and now he has also pi$$ed off Bacchus and the Greek and Roman pantheons as well.
Peter Grant, Police Constable, Apprentice Wizard for the Met, and the only apprentice wizard in the last 50 years, stumbles across a case of Jazz Vampires while his boss, Chief Inspector Nightingale is recovering from a gun shot wound from the previous book.
The book is full of dry wit and a subtle sarcasm, like watching British TV, which I grew up on. Doctor Who even gets a mention :)
There were some great chase scenes and abducting an ambulance and ending up in the Thames was a classic.
Generally I'm not a great fan of lengthy descriptions of places and people, just enough to get a sense of things is all I require, yet in these novels I love all the descriptions and I feel I'm really there.
What I didn't like was Peter jumping into bed with a suspect, which even he thought was wrong, but continued to do it anyway. It felt like emotionless clinical shagging just for the sake of it and at the same time he is visiting, texting and speaking to poor disfigured Constable Lesley who is at home awaiting multiple surgeries, following the case where Nightingale was shot and she suffered a magical attack. Her family assumes he is her boyfriend but he sure doesn't act like it.
There was also another case where Peter is consulting for the Murder Team where penises are chomped off by toothy vaginas, which Peter resolves but we never find out why it was happening.
Peter discovers that a Master Wizard, that he dubs "The Faceless One" and Nightingale calls a "Black Magician" is creating hybridized cat-people and may have something to do with penis chomping and jazz vampires. Which of cause sets us up for further books with a dastardly "ethically challenged practioner" as our villan....more
This was a very long buildup to a small Armageddon, as it was on the Norse plane I should probably describe it as a small Ragnarok. Lots of death andThis was a very long buildup to a small Armageddon, as it was on the Norse plane I should probably describe it as a small Ragnarok. Lots of death and destruction but not everyone is involved.
The story takes up where Hexed left off and Atticus has to fulfill his promises to steal a golden apple from Asgard, and then take Leif to Asgard to kill Thor. Gunnar, alpha of the local pack also seeks revenge against Thor, so joins the party. Thor has been killing innocents for amusement for millennia and needs to go.
Atticus and Leif both decide to add to the killing party in the hopes that they will succeed in the Thor dispatch and they will survive the coming onslaught. Meanwhile, Morrigan and Jesus both visit Atticus and advise against it as, if Thor is killed then very bad things will happen.
Oberon & Granuaile are off doing other things for one of the elementals and then Oberon ends up at the Widow McDonagh's place awaiting Atticus' return.
So a reasonably large cliffhanger at the end and luckily the next 2 books are out....more
Oh to be 2100 years old and look 21. Our hero Atticus O'Sullivan is a Druid. A being who uses Earth Magic and magical swords and has magical friends.Oh to be 2100 years old and look 21. Our hero Atticus O'Sullivan is a Druid. A being who uses Earth Magic and magical swords and has magical friends. He also has magical enemies and a love/hate relationship with plenty of Celtic Gods.
Those Celtic Gods are pretty nasty and no doubt they'll make an appearance again as well. All the fight scenes were well handled too, with help from werewolves and a friendly witch.
I enjoyed this book but it was so obvious to me that it was written by a man. Not just because we have a hero instead of a heroine but in the way everything is described. Most of what I have been reading lately has been written by women, but in my younger days I read a lot of stuff by men.
Everyones reviews of this book all mention Oberon the Dog and I must admit he is hilarious and I am looking forward to reading more of Atticus and Oberon.
I think this one was better than the first one, but it could be that I was more used to the world that Kevin created.
It takes place 3 weeks followingI think this one was better than the first one, but it could be that I was more used to the world that Kevin created.
It takes place 3 weeks following Hounded and all the Gods & Goddesses are nervous following Atticus's assassination of Aenghus Óg and Bres. All the supe folk want someone killed and for him to leave them alone. Plus nearly everyone wants Thor dead asap.
This world works on quid pro quo so Atticus calls in favors and finds himself agreeing to favors in return. This time around with the local witch population decimated, a new nasty and deadly coven move in and try to take over. Fortunately, they try to take out Atticus and don't succeed. Then he realises he has a past with them from WWII Germany, and they have to go.
There is plenty of action and folklore and even the odd Shakespeare quote to keep everyone happy and I'm looking forward to the next instalment which I'm sure will feature Thor heavily as Hammered is the next book title....more