Disclaimer: I LOVE ANTHOLOGIES! I don't buy all that many and it's really a shame. I truly believe they are a great way for a newer reader, such as myDisclaimer: I LOVE ANTHOLOGIES! I don't buy all that many and it's really a shame. I truly believe they are a great way for a newer reader, such as myself, to get a taste of authors that someone has recommended without shelling out big bucks. Or you can discover new authors by finding an anthology with an author whose style you like. The other authors included should be in the same style. Score! New authors to follow.
I was extremely lucky to receive this book from a Goodreads giveaway - yep, people actually win those! It took quite a bit of time to actually receive my book but I think that just made me look forward to it that much more.
"Vampire Fight Club": Already being a fan of Larissa Ione and knee deep into the Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series, I read Larissa Ione's story right after I finished her book Sin Undone. I loved Vladlena's story because I remembered the character from the series and I think I remembered her "affliction". All the Demonica series regulars make appearances (yay!) and there's even a nice taste of LOD in case you haven't gotten into that series yet. 5/5
"Darkness Eternal": Alexandra Ivy is an author I'm not familiar with. I liked that characters from this story and the world seemed pretty unique in it's own ways. I just really had a problem following the p.o.v. as it changed back and forth between Kata and Uriel. Call me simple minded but I do better when there are chapter breaks or some sort of delineation in the chapter to show the p.o.v. is changing. This story didn't do that and I got confused at times. If there weren't really changes of p.o.v., then color me thoroughly confused! The story just wasn't very strong, either. 2/5
"Kane": Another author that was completely new to me is Jacquelyn Frank. I will be adding her to my looming TBR pile. This was a unique love story set in a world I'm really interested in learning more about. I'm not all that big on demons but the way their world seems to be structured different than anything else I've seen before has me intrigued. The story between Kane and Corinne is more cerebral than "hot and heavy" but it's done really well with very little lagging. 4/5
"Dragon on Top": I absolutely enjoyed this fun read!! Another series I'm adding to my TBR mountain! G.A. Aiken writes a quick, sweet love story about opposites attracting. I think I liked this story so much because I used to work in a male dominated field and I loved working with the "boys". You'll just have to read the story to know what the heck I'm talking about. Anyways, it was one of those stories that when I had to put it down, I was eagerly looking forward to picking it back up. 5/5...more
I hate Coyote. In any form: Loki, Anansi, Prometheus, whatever… I dislike them all. That’s probably why it took me so long to pick this up after readiI hate Coyote. In any form: Loki, Anansi, Prometheus, whatever… I dislike them all. That’s probably why it took me so long to pick this up after reading A Test of Mettle (Iron Druid #3.1), the short story featuring Granuaile’s point of view. Coyote has shown up in previous books and no matter how smart Atticus is, he can never best Coyote. I guess I just don’t like to see anyone getting one over my boy. So why would I want to pick this one up? Well…. Trapped (Iron Druid #5) is coming and coming FAST!! So dove in I did.
Like many of my favorite series, the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles has become comforting to me. I was delighted to be back with Atticus again. And what a relief to have Oberon back and in his full glory!! I actually went through the trouble of dog-earing pages with some of the best Oberon quotes to date. No one can relate historical facts and pop culture better than Oberon.
“… and behind that would be the transformers. Does that mean Optimus Prime has decided to help the Navajos achieve energy independence?” – Oberon
“If Sasquatch is really Keyser Söze, it’s no wonder they never caught him!” – Oberon
Most all the old characters are back. We’re also introduced to some pretty awesome new characters. They really MADE the story what it was. I don’t think Mr. Hearne could write a flat character if he tried. I’m antsy to say so much more about the old and new characters but I’m already borderline spoiling the book with my Oberon quotes. I’ll just say, the characters don’t disappoint. Okay, maybe some do…. AHHHH, no spoilers!!!
Setting / World Building
Where Hammered took it’s readers off to Asgard, Tricked is back in our world. Specifically, we’re transported back to Southwest America – an area I personally love and is very special to me. The locations Tricked takes place in are areas of Arizona that I’ve actually been to and vacationed in. So even though I had a leg-up on picturing the scenes, Mr. Hearne did a great job painting the setting with his words. Especially when he started moving mountains to build roads, literally.
Story / Tempo
Although the last quarter of the book had my head spinning (in a very good way), the tempo of the book in the beginning was a little too slow for my tastes. I guess there was quite a bit to set up for the Navajo legends but it was almost like that area could have been tightened up. And the little diversions along the way didn’t really do it for me. I’m not sure why but they seemed almost awkward. Like, why wasn’t this all discussed between the characters before? But no matter, I’m being extremely nit-picky here because Mr. Hearne has hit it out of the park so often that to find even some fault is absolute crazy talk.
The last quarter of the book more than makes up for any slowness in the beginning. You’ll be saying things out loud like, “Holy crap!”, “Oh no he didn”t!”, and “What the??” You might want to chose your reading location carefully. Don’t say you haven’t been warned…....more
Let us pause for a moment to gawk at the beauty that is Atticus on the cover of the newest installment in the Iron Druid Chronicles, Trapped. *swoon*
OLet us pause for a moment to gawk at the beauty that is Atticus on the cover of the newest installment in the Iron Druid Chronicles, Trapped. *swoon*
Okay, chick moment over… but MY GOD, that is one mighty fine cover!!! It’s so hard to imagine he’s 2,000 years old and still loves giving the bad guys his unique style of wedgies. Too bad there were none of those in this book. But hey, he was too busy running around with Granuaile trying to get the woman bound to the earth with all his enemies chasing after him. With 2,000 plus years to amass enemies, there were quite a few gunning for Atticus now that the kitty (my lame reference to Freyja) is out of the bag that he’s not dead.
Story / Tempo
The story starts out with Atticus preparing the final binding ceremony for Granuaile to become a full-fledged Druid. I think it’s bat-ass* awesome that Mr. Hearne has moved his series along to the end of the 12 years of Granuaile’s Druid training and we don’t have to wait to see Atticus and Granuaile working together. That was the entire appeal of this book to me. We’ve seen Atticus working with all the other major supernaturals up until now and to see how powerful Druids can be when you get a couple of them together, AWESOME! I think they could be pretty unstoppable. Unfortunately for them, everyone was testing that theory.
Honestly, with all the scheming and “who is working for who” going on, I got a little lost on who was ultimately conspiring against Atticus. In the end, it didn’t really bother me all that much that I thought there were some loose ends. First, it totally could of been me not following closely enough (hey, that happens). Second, Atticus is ALWAYS going to have some enemy out to get him, no matter how hard he tries to fix things. So it doesn’t really matter to me if it’s all tied nicely with a bow. Something or someone will always come back to bite Atticus in the you-know-where.
As for the pacing of the story – I had absolutely no qualms with it at all, but I’ll discuss this further in a minute.
Setting / World Building
Mr. Hearne does his usual fantastic job painting pictures of worlds that can only come from his mind. My favorite is anytime anyone travels on the World Tree. I’ll just leave it at that…
I almost don’t want to discuss the characters because the appearance (and disappearance) of characters plays into the story. I like meeting all the new characters, don’t get me wrong. I just wish we could go back and spend more time with some of the old characters. But if you’re stuck running away from gods and such, I guess you can’t hang with the old buds from the ‘hood, huh?
Of course, Oberon continues to get the best lines from the book. I can’t do a review without sharing at least one!
"I’m going to do a Rick James parody in your honor, Granuaile. ’She’s a very clever girl, the kind you don’t take home to Ogma. She will never give you Brussels sprouts when she could give you steak.’" – Oberon
This was a solid 4 star read for me. I really, truly enjoyed the battles, the struggle and process to get Granuaile bound to the earth, and there were some issues that really had me thinking, “Man, after 2,000 years Atticus is still an ass sometimes!” That is always fun stuff to read!!!
Now, if you hadn’t noticed yet, I’m quite the little fan-geek about Kevin Hearne. I have no clue why, I just think he writes some of the funniest shit (sorry, there was no other word that fit quite as well). In his books, Mr. Hearne tends to go off and become quite the story teller. I think this might turn off some readers because for some, it could totally grind the story to a big fat halt. But I think I’ve got Mr. Hearne pegged – he’s just this guy that has a ton of stories and characters floating around in his head that make up a ton of legends just waiting to come out and be told. He’s like the Dungeon Master of a D&D game. He’s going to be weaving the story behind the game and you just follow along with tales he spins. If you play, get ready for the ride…...more
Holy crap, Atticus is at it again! Or, to clarify, Kevin Hearne writes his pants off again!
I seriously think Mr. Hearne has written ‘another4.5 stars
Holy crap, Atticus is at it again! Or, to clarify, Kevin Hearne writes his pants off again!
I seriously think Mr. Hearne has written ‘another best book his series’… again. I’m so freaking torn on rating this one, though. It’s so close to being a 5-star review for me but there was one little tiny piece that made this book fall just short of perfection for me.
I do believe that fans of The Iron Druid Chronicles will be very happy with this book. It reminded me of earlier books in the series and was heavy on the action and politcal manuevering. I was never bored!
Let’s discuss, shall we…
Story / Tempo / World Building
I’m going to try and summarize without spoiling the story for those of you who have yet to start the series (you know who you are, Kimba). But you may want to just turn around and call it a day – start the series already, damn it!
When we last left Atticus, he was warned to start running. Hunted picks up with him and the gang running across Europe trying to prevent being killed by some angry gods. Before I started Hunted, I knew what this book was mainly going to be about – Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon running. I was a teeny-tiny bit worried about how it was going to written. You see, Mr. Hearne has a slight predisposition to get a bit wordy and narrative with background stories (which I don’t mind). I was afraid the entire book was going to be a big story about running across Europe with lots of little back stories about Atticus’s life in Europe and how good life was back then… when he wasn’t pissing off gods. Yep, I do have some imagination but it was entirely, completely and utterly wrong, WRONG, WRONG! And hence why this book is near the top of my fave books this year. AND one of Mr. Hearne’s best books of the series. It totally reminded me of all the fun Atticus and I had way back in the beginning… memories…
World building continues in this urban fantasy as Atticus continues to show off more and more of his crazy-cool powers. Each time Atticus has to battle his enemies along his trek, Atticus has to get more and more creative with his battling skills. It’s a balance of supernatural politics, charisma, and raw battle strength. Everything I loved in the first books of the series. But he has Granuaile and Oberon with him on this ride so there’s a whole new element added. Ponder on that new dynamic for a bit (it’s not so easy to send Oberon away this time around). All the possibilities…
I have to say the very, very VERY best part of the book is that Mr. Hearne did what I love authors to do – held nothing back! Maybe it’s because I went into the book with almost no expectations but I was blown away by some of the revelations, conversations, and general WTF-ery that occurred in this book. I believe fans of the series will be fully gratified with this story. I was thrown off my rocker early on in the story and that’s all I’ll say about that.
Something I’ve noticed is that Mr. Hearne has able to age all his characters carefully for these past 12 years. Atticus has continued to mellow and take life into perpective to his surroundings, especially now that he has a Granuaile in his orbit now. So many things I’d like to write about him but they keep end up being spoilery so just know that he’s Atticus and he’s still funny, badass, and he’s naked running across Europe.
A ton of my old favorite characters are back with cameos in this book. I’m talking witches, vampires, and werewolves; I kind of wish Jesus made it back because he was pretty awesome when he showed up last time. Alas, he was missing. But there was still good fun to be had with plenty of other old AND new characters.
And this wouldn’t be a Iron Druid review if I didn’t have a quote from Oberon! Why do you think I waited until release day???
“I knew it. If you give a witch a cookie, she’s going to ask you for a glass of milk.” – Oberon
If you don’t fall on the floor laughing, don’t feel bad. It could be because you’re not familiar with fine children’s literature, you can’t picture a giant irish wolfhound saying this, or you’re dead. One or another.
So why did I take off the half star on my review? There was one point towards the end where Mr. Hearne got a little bit carried away with an explanation of how Atticus was using his powers to get out of a tricky situation. It was at kind of a climatic moment so personally, I would have shorten the scene down because I found myself losing the “climatic” feeling of the scene and just wanting to move on and get the whole thing over with. I DID read an ARC so this may have been corrected in the final printing, though.
I’m anxiously waiting to see what all my friends think about this book. Me? You know where I stand with this series. But I think I safely reviewed this one with the rose colored glasses sitting next to the computer, not on my nose…. seriously!!!