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Kaibab Unbound

(The Iron Druid Chronicles #0.6)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,851 ratings  ·  150 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, 17 pages
Published 2011 by Kevin Hearne
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Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy-pr
I remember I had this story at the back of Hounded and I decided I wouldn't mind a short funny UF story. It was ok, in the same stlye as the novel, not as funny. Ok to read if you have it, not worth buying. ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
A very early Iron Druid story.

Published in 2011, in a bundle with the Hounded ebook, Kevin Hearne adds to his Atticus O’Sullivan mythos. Still fresh and new for urban fantasy fans, Hearne spends some time explaining his vision of Atticus’ story in this fun little short story.

Atticus and Oberon, his wisecracking Irish Wolfhound, run into a trio of witches in a scenario that takes place a couple of weeks before the action in Hounded. We get to learn some about the druid's interaction with an eleme
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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*:

Richard Derus
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in the days before meeting Granuaile, Atticus battles some witches who want to trap an elemental. Great short story!
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Kaibab Unbound is a short story following the 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, he has discovered a
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
For such a short story, it packed a powerful punch. I loved it.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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.


Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun little back story into Atticus' life before it became hectic and I liked it quite a bit. ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Normally I'd rate such a short story a 3, but as I liked it best of all the short stories so far, I thought I'd bump it up one. It was really cute, quick and engaging. ...more
Donna-Dee Mullings
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread, urban-fantasy
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Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
On a road trip with Oberon, Atticus notices three witches in a car who look as if they are up to no good. When he follows them, he realises they are using a spell to trap a forest elemental and doesn't hesitate to go to the rescue.

I liked this story. It is short so saying anything much about it would be a spoiler but it was nice to see what the forest can do when it is attacked by bitch witches!
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
very good,really enjoyed how Atticus saves a squirrel.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another free short story, set before the first book of the Iron Druid series. Nicely written, pretty short, doesn't really add much to the overall picture. Not essential reading to the series. ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
Actual rating: 3.25
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Another quick short story included in with book one. I really enjoyed this elemental story.
Ben Truong
"Kaibab Unbound" is a short story from The Iron Druid Chronicles series written by Kevin Hearne. This short story takes place a fortnight before Hounded and deals with an unexpected meeting of a trio of witches that are playing with powers that they shouldn't be playing with.

Atticus O'Sullivan is his wolfhound form is running with Oberon, his dog, through the gorgeousness of the Kaibab Plateau when suddenly nature cries out to him. An elemental is being trapped and tortured by three witches that
included in the ebook version (but not the print version) of hounded, the first book in the series.

atticus and oberon are out in the forest when an elemental calls for help and he finds three witches trying to bind the elemental.

"aw, no. you're taking us to that vegetarian place, aren't you?"
"it's a coffee place. you can't just automatically classify anything that isn't a steak house as vegetarian."
"yes i can. this is ameria. you said americans assert their own opinions as if they were facts an
Another short story that was included in the edition of Hounded I read. I feel like this is going to be one of those series I find hard to NOT like. ...more
Nai Wang
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read these short stories in preparation for Atticus's final adventure, Scourged. Listening to these books is the best experience since it features our loveable huggable Irish WolfHound Oberon! Who doesn't love sausage? ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2019, fantasy
Another short story bundled with the first ebook in the Iron Druid series. I liked it better than the other short story, a little more action and Atticus interfaces more with nature.

Rating: PG-13 for some violent deaths and non-graphic nudity.
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like some of the other short stories, I don't think this was referenced anywhere in the novels, so you won't miss anything if you skip this one, but it was still a good short story. The issue might be cleared up a little too easily, but it's still a fun read. ...more
Kimberly K
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this addition as it shows Atticus at strength. Having finished the main books of the series, the ending doesn’t always show us Atticus as he was when we met him. Thus was a nice return to that Atticus. Worth the read. Really enjoyed.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really love the characters in these books. Really fun.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
short but worth a listen.
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Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and the Tales of Pell, a humorous fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson. INK & SIGIL, a new urban fantasy series set in the Iron Druid universe, will be out in 2020.

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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)
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“Aw, no. You’re taking us to that vegetarian place,
aren’t you?
It’s a coffee place. You can’t just automatically classify anything that isn’t a steak house as vegetarian.
Yes, I can. This is America. You said Americans assert their own opinions as if they were facts and dismiss inconvenient facts as mere opinions.”
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