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Goodreads Choice Award
Nominee for Best Fantasy (2014)
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 got company.

Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

And Owen has some catching up to do.

Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.

But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.

352 pages, Hardcover

First published June 17, 2014

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Kevin Hearne

62 books12k followers
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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3,372 reviews9,443 followers
August 15, 2017
Omg! I was in love with ole what's his head. God! I forgot. That old Druid. He was hilarious! He was trying to get acclimated to life now and he was having a time. He was asking Hal if he had to get one of those fecking phones because he would shat coin if he had too. 😂
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42 reviews3 followers
July 20, 2014
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!
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35 reviews3 followers
February 20, 2021
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 in the 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 fives. The 3 indicates that I'm glad I read it, but I wouldn't have stopped reading other books before I picked it up.

Hopefully the next book will pick up with a bit more focus, bring the voice of the book back to a single character, and perhaps a good solid theme instead of this constant flow of books that seamlessly move from one to the next.
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1,847 reviews16.3k followers
June 17, 2019
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, deftly mixing myth and legend into his sharp urban fantasy.

In Shattered, his 2014 Iron Druid novel (and 7th book in the series) Hearne has outdone himself and introduced us to Atticus’ old arch druid Owen Kennedy. Readers discovered Owen at the end of the previous book, 2013’s Hunted, but we really get to know Owen in Shattered. Best of all, Hearne has continued shifting narrative perspectives from Atticus, to Granuaile, to Owen.

Owen would have grown up in what is now Ireland before the time of Christ (who also makes another cameo in the series) and before the Gaels arrived in Ireland. He speaks Old Irish (or what may be Primitive Irish, the earliest variant of Celtic languages). He is brought back into the storyline abruptly, so unlike Atticus who has been alive and kicking (and drinking Imortali-Tea) the whole time, Owen was an old man in Pre-Gaelic, Pre-Roman, Pre-Christian Ireland one minute and in 2014 the next. His transition into our time and culture, and his wry observances, are hilarious and easily steal the show.

The rest of the book is Hearne’s continuation on the evolving series. Hearne spends more time with the Tuatha de Danann, some Indian mythos, a sprinkle of Japanese mythology, the aforementioned visit with Jesus and more trouble from Loki.

And Owen, foul mouthed, hard drinking, brawling, brass knuckles wielding Iron Age curmudgeon that he is.

Finally, most of the titles of the series have made me think of a certain scattered, covered and smothered hash brown order. Shattered makes me think of a certain Rolling Stones song – Huh! Shadooby!

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1,206 reviews111 followers
May 27, 2014
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 wisely includes a quick refresher on events up until now, it's no where near as rewarding or as much fun as reading the actual novels themselves. (You will miss out on all the wonderful interaction between Atticus and Oberson, which is among the highlights of the series).

If you're caught up, odds are you've been eagerly awaiting Shattered. The good news is that Hearne has made it worth the wait. Picking up right where Hunted left off, the seventh installment gives us not one but three first-person narrators. As expected, we get chapters told from the viewpoint of Atticus but we also see events unfolding in the eyes of Granuale and the newly brought back to life Owen Kennedy (at least that's the modern equivalent of his Druid name).

Among the highlights of the latest installment in the series is the introduction of the Yeti and their love of ice hockey, Owen's attempts to integrate himself into our modern world and, of course, lots of great interaction between Atticus and Oberon. There's also some moving forward of various plot elements and call backs to the first couple of novels in this series and some interesting ground world put in place for the final several novels in this wonderful series. Hearne's storytelling assurance continues to grow with each novel and Shattered is among the best this on-going series has offered to date.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was given an ARC of this book as part of the Amazon Vine Program. And, yes, I eagerly snapped it up. If you're not reading this series yet, you should be.
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3,115 reviews1,975 followers
September 19, 2016
I listened to this one on audiobook and it gave me a whole new view of things! I very much enjoyed the narrator's Irish accent, applied in differing degrees for different characters. His interpretation of Atticus was superb. However I did not care for Oberon's speech at all. That was a very small issue though:)
Overall I enjoyed the whole book enormously. The author took a risk in writing from three alternating POVs especially as one of them was running a totally separate story for most of the time. However it worked for me because each story was equally interesting and it never seemed to take long to get back to each one.
There was a marvellous finale featuring almost every fae creature you have ever heard of and a few you have not. And then there was an epilogue setting us up for the next disaster Atticus will have to face .
I seriously hope that at the end of this series the author leaves Atticus and Granuaille and their hounds some place really nice where they can live out their long, long lives happily and in peace. They deserve it!
Author 0 books9 followers
August 3, 2014
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 them were in present tense and one in past tense. And the two that are present tense were supposed to be written down accounts of past events which makes no sense at all! Have you ever heard somebody recount a tale of their past in present tense? Probably not because that would be utterly stupid.

My next problem was that the book was super boring. The first six were filled with action and this one barely had any. The split up POV's just turned the book into three boring short stories that I did not care about.

This series has brought me countless hours of entertainment but it was all I could do to get through this one. If the eighth book continues this format I will not be reading on.
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3,258 reviews256 followers
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December 2, 2017
This hardcover is signed twice by Kevin Hearne once on the front end page and once on the title page.
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870 reviews2,309 followers
February 20, 2018
Full review now posted!

This seventh installment in the Iron Druid Chronicles was just as much fun as the previous installments. So far, no book in this series has flopped or been a letdown for me, which is difficult to find in a UF series. However, it’s getting harder and harder to review these books without giving spoilers, so I’ll keep this brief.

This book was a bit different from the preceding books in that it’s not told completely from Atticus’s perspective. We now have three Druids, and we have chapters told from the perspective of each. This was present a bit in the previous book, but their were only two points of view and the two parties remained together through the majority of the book. But in Shattered, each of the three point of view characters diverge from one another, giving us three fairly distinctive plots. This was a bit jarring at first, because I had gotten so used to Atticus’s voice and it was difficult for me to adjust to him not even being present in every scene. However, Hearne really made the diverging plot lines work, and he tied them back together beautifully at the end of the book.

Not only has the world’s Druidic population tripled, but there are also twice as main talking Irish wolfhounds on the planet as there were. Oberon has a new friend, and her name is Orla. As I’ve said before, Oberon is my favorite part of the story, and I loved getting to meet his female counterpart. Obviously she’s not as on top of her pop culture game as Oberon, but she was still a joy to read. Oberon still made me giggle on more than one occasion. Man, I love that hound.

I also love the other main characters in the book. I’ve tried very hard not to mention any names in my reviews besides Oberon and Atticus, because some of those names could even be spoilers. But Owen isn’t a spoiler, as his name hasn’t been mentioned in any preceding book. Owen was a hilarious addiction to the Druidic cast. He’s so uncouth and irreverent, and Daniels’s vocal representation of him was spot on.

I only have one full novel left before I’m finished with the series as it stands. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ll more than likely track down all of the shorter side stories and read those, as well. This is without a doubt one of my favorite series in the paranormal or urban fantasy genres. If you’re looking for an episodic story that will draw you in and make you smile, I can’t recommend the Iron Druid Chronicles highly enough!
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3 reviews
September 29, 2015
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.
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872 reviews83 followers
July 20, 2014
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
Shattered takes off shortly after the events of Hunted, where Atticus and Granuaile fled for their lives across half of Europe. Figuring out exactly who sent killers after them and why is the mystery in this novel, and the reveal isn't disappointing. It makes sense when it happens, and the climax makes me wish this would eventually become a TV series, just to see it happen.

The plot itself seems to take up a small chunk of the novel, simply because so much of it focuses on Owen's integration into the world, and some of the craziness that happens with Granuaile. I actually liked that, simply because it meant a lot more character insight and growth for all three, which is always a good thing.

The rest of the world building keeps getting crazier and crazier, and I love it. Loki's got some serious shenanigans going on, and I can't wait to see how everything plays out.

Atticus (and Oberon!)
With five and a half books of his own, it made sense for Atticus to sort of take a back seat in Shattered, and I'm incredibly okay with that because of what we got with Granuaile's chapters. Atticus is mostly caught up in teaching Owen about modern living, and there are some really nice bits involved. My favorite had to be him stopping Owen and giving him a quick lecture on how to approach women and their POVs when it comes to men. A very nice, refreshing take on a hero's view on women.

Oberon is Oberon, and that is always a good thing.

I had no idea there would be Owen chapters, and was incredibly surprised when the first one popped up, but it made sense after a while. His voice was clearly different, and made for a nice counterpoint from Atticus. He had his hilarious moments, and a decnt amount of character development for a character who was introduced in the last pages of Hunted.

I appreciated Owen's chapters all the more when I realized his POV was incredibly important in his and Atticus' interactions (especially the one that truly mattered for Atticus, in the end).

Granuaile (and Orlaith!)
I left Granuaile for last because her journey ended up being my favorite thing about Shattered. I find that a majority of novels that feature female characters written by male authors don't get the women quite right. I don't know why, I just know it feels off - but that wasn't the case with Granuaile. It felt like Hearne knew her inside and out, and that made for a fantastically well-rounded character. She has her triumphs and losses, her ups and downs, and she's just as interesting, intelligent, and capable as Atticus.

I'm going to go back to Hunted and re-read just her chapters in that one and Shattered because I love her a ridiculous amount now.

Orlaith was a really pleasant surprise addition, and it makes absolute sense that Granuaile got her own hound. She's wonderfully sweet, a great counterpart to Oberon's humor.

I'm adding this here because while the romance in the novels has always been understated, I absolutely loved the little bits of it that were mentioned. It's the little things that both Atticus and Granuaile say and do that remind me that they've known each other for over a decade, that they've been in love with each other for that long, that they're together and best friends in a very comfortable, lived-in way. Their romance feels real, and I love that there is not a single second of romantic drama between them.

Shattered is a fantastic addition to the series, and the perfect blend of action, contemplation, and humor. Hearne hits the right beats at the right times, and while Owen's POV chapters left a bit to be desired, everything came together wonderfully in the end. This is, arguably, Granuaile's book. She absolutely shines.


Pre-review reaction:


And I didn't think it was possible to love Granuaile even more, but it happened.

Full review to come.

Pre-Read rambling:


B. This is one of the few times I would happily imagine the cover model as Atticus instead of Richard Madden.

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322 reviews19 followers
September 29, 2014
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 all the elements fell into place, the stories Hearne told were funny, entertaining, and clever. Recently, however, Atticus' vast knowledge of the world (once awe inspiring) has turned into a constant onslaught of facts. Sometimes it feels like this series is no longer about Atticus, rather about the author's own brilliance. Every few pages have ramblings on the nature of this or that. How could there be an interesting plot in the midst of constant info dumps you ask? Well there was no plot. Or at least there was no remarkable, memorable plot. It was sort of a mess of three different perspectives each doing their own thing (Owen, Granuaile, and Atticus) all jumbled together.

For me, character development also plays a big part in how much I enjoy a book. I love when a character who I've grown smitten with evolves, reaching higher levels of awesomeness. The opposite has happened with the characters of this book. Atticus and Granuaile, once so full of life, their personalities sometimes quirky, felt almost lifeless in this book. They spent the majority of their time moving from one place to another. They did crack some jokes here and there, yet it just wasn't the same. Owen was a nice addition and I definitely enjoyed his chapters (watching him maneuver the new world around him while still retaining his ornery 2000 year old charm was just too funny). But he alone couldn't helm the ship. I couldn't help but compare other UF series that don't have this problem specifically the Gin Blanco series; if Estep turned the narrative over to any of the other characters, it would be just as entertaining because her characters are well rounded, each fascinating in his or her own right. This is not the case for the Iron Druid Chronicles and we see how it all plays out as Hearne switches narratives between Atticus and Granuaile.

Many readers seem to still adore Atticus and that makes me happy. The series is seven books in and Hearne doesn't look like he's slowing down. Readers have many more years to enjoy the books. I, however, am relieved to be saying goodbye. Reading shouldn't be a chore, yet picking up each new installment of the Iron Druid Chronicles has started to feel like it. Though I will remember the earlier books fondly, especially Oberon and his love of meat, here is where we part. It was fun while it lasted.

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381 reviews2 followers
July 14, 2014
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 me, like she is just going through the motions and not too bright to boot. This is my least favorite. All the warning signs were there in book six that this series could bog down with over complications and this book did nothing to dispel that. Not giving up but very disappointed.
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2,084 reviews192 followers
July 22, 2018
Fewer tragic sequences would have made for a better story in this series. 6 of 10 stars
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Author 3 books27 followers
June 25, 2014
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.
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52 reviews2 followers
June 22, 2014
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.
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1,810 reviews348 followers
September 5, 2017
***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List***

Best volume of this series so far!!!

I really liked the alternating chapters between Atticus, Granuaile, and Owen. This structure shows, better than any telling, that Atticus has severely underestimated both his partner Granuaile and his archdruid, Owen.

Granuaile gets to adventure on her own, while Atticus and Owen manage to get each other into trouble. Oberon and Orleith are fabulous hound sidekicks. Owen shows that he’s not just a cranky old coot, he’s still got good instincts, even if English isn’t the ideal language to express them in.

I’m getting a bit tired of the ‘dog-pile of gods on Atticus’ plot. Sure, he’s been annoying, but really has anything that he’s done warranted the amount of ill-will that is being expended on him? At least in this book we are back to dealing mostly with the Irish pantheon, which makes sense, but I am really tired of the Loki/Ragnarock plot line which keeps dragging along through so many books now. Says the woman who usually loves the Norse gods in fiction.

Owen steals the show, being completely unfamiliar with 21st century society and providing hilarious perspectives on it, while still showing that human nature hasn’t changed a bit! I used to read this series strictly for Oberon, but he has some competition now!
Profile Image for ☕️Kimberly  (Caffeinated Reviewer).
2,965 reviews630 followers
March 15, 2018
The Iron Druid series is brilliant, well-paced, hilarious and utterly addictive. Atticus is a two-thousand-year-old Druid is tasked with helping Owen Kennedy his long-ago teacher acclimate to this modern world.All while dealing with some pesky vampires.  Granuaile is now a full-fledged druid and the first new one in centuries and will face down a demon.

Hearne tells the story using three POV's delivered from Atticus, Granuaile, and Owen. While I enjoyed each storyline, Shattered, almost felt like three separate novellas. The transitions from POV to POV weren't quite as smooth as I would have liked, perhaps choppy is a better word.

Hearne brings us Yeti, flying foxes and hilarious moments in Shattered. For the first time, Granuaile is not by Atticus's side. Instead, she has Orliath, her trusted wolfhound with her. She is dealing with her own issues and facing down a demon in India. Her thread was intense, filled with sacrifice, pain, and danger. Granuaile for the first time annoyed me a little. I love our kickass druid, but it is quite clear she has some issues with her past.

Archdruid Owen's thread was hilarious as Atticus acclimates him to our present-day world. From the immortal tea scene to meeting the werewolves I laughed until there were tears. I loved the humor and seeing Owen adjust. Some of his comments were so truthful I burst out laughing. It was delightful seeing student and teacher together especially since their roles are reversed.

Meanwhile, Atticus is busy helping Owen but also searching to find out who amongst the Tuatha De Danann are plotting against him. This thread brings us answers, danger and upheaval.

While we didn't get as much of Oberon's voice as I would have liked, time spent with him and Orliath were humorous as we watched their friendship bloom and were treated to gravy talk. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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782 reviews37 followers
July 27, 2014
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 Atticus - it's just how Hearne writes, period). Pretty bad that when I move from one chapter to another (usually a shift in character) it takes me a while to ID whose voice I'm reading - there's no convenient "identity" headings at the top of the chapters (a la Game of Thrones) - but with only three characters, all in first person, there shouldn't need to be! In addition, it's generally lazy, in plotting and writing. Owen awakens to the passage of thousands of years, and is unfazed by that or all the changes that have accordingly occurred. Rebecca Dane doesn't recognize Atticus because he's wearing a baseball hat, despite the fact he hasn't aged and so should be more rather than less recognizable, and her "speaking at twice the normal rate of most people" - what does that even mean? She remembers the exact details of nine prayers from 12 years past? Really?? I don't remember things I said a week ago. Just all in all mediocre.
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1,380 reviews48 followers
May 18, 2018
Shattered 4⭐️

I cant believe how fast im reading (listening) to this series! It is just so good!
Oberon is still my favorite character and I want him as my own.
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5,750 reviews501 followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
August 3, 2014
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.

Added with another perspective from Atticus's Archdruid, who admittedly also didn't interest me much, and how I thought Oberon's humor with his love for sausages was not as funny anymore ... well, I thought it was time this series and I parted ways.

I still like you Atticus but I'm just not going to be part of your adventure anymore.
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6,454 reviews31 followers
May 20, 2016
I am surprised when a series can continue to catch and maintain my interest like the first book does. It seems many series, while still good, slowly slide away from the awesomeness of that first book that reached out and grabbed you. Well let me tell you this series keeps getting better the more of them ya read. Fantastic plots and characters. Just the right amount of action, humor and historical reference. I can't stress enough how mush you are missing out if you are not reading these books. Why are you still reading my review and not on Amazon ordering the first book!!!! Highly recommended
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813 reviews93 followers
October 24, 2018
after a lot of back and forth, the you know what hit the fan.
it was impressive
he must get so tired of the past coming back to bite him in the ass.
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2,553 reviews1,633 followers
October 12, 2019
This was my favorite of the series so far, but the ending makes me nervous for how the series is going to wrap up.

Shattered picks up right where we left off. Atticus's archdruid Owen has been pulled from the Time Islands, his language and mentality still stuck in the time before Jesus Christ was born. Atticus quickly has to bring him up to speed so he doesn't get himself in trouble, all while still trying to deal with the faction in Tir Na nOg that is still trying to kill him secretly. Meanwhile, Granuaile is called to India to try and rescue her father from a raksoyuj that has possessed him after he opened an item found on a dig that had written on its label "Absolutely Do Not Open" (or something to that affect).

The book is split into three POVs: Atticus, Owen, and Granuaile. This works absurdly well. Hearne does a bang up job differentiating their voices, and the move from story to story makes the book feel shorter than it is. Mostly because of Owen, the first 2/3 or so of this book are extremely fun to read. He is just a walking culture clash, not to mention his history with Atticus, which involves some actual emotional conflict (and resolution) on their part. Granuaile's story isn't fun at first, per se, but it is interesting. Dealing with demonic beings called rakshasas, and then going off and meeting yeti and such, all of that was interesting, but then it all goes to hell for her, and that's when the book started feeling less fun as well, but not in a bad way. Granuaile has serious consequences to her actions (or non-actions) and begins to reckon with the choice she made all those years ago to become a druid.

The eventual conflict, when it's finally revealed who within the Irish pantheon has committed treason, is also exciting, but still emotionally relevant. Hearne really does a nice job making the conflict have actual weight rather than just being a bloody conflict, and I'm not talking about body count (though there is that to reckon with as well). As mentioned above, the end here hints at some troubling things to come. I've seen that not a lot of people appreciated the ending to Atticus's story, so I'm a little worried about how it's all going to turn out. I don't think Hearne much cares what collateral damage gets in the way of the story he's wanting to tell.

Oh, and for some more levity, now there are TWO talking Irish wolfhounds, and one of them is still learning language, so that's a delight.
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44 reviews21 followers
June 21, 2014

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 showing from whose point of view the chapter will be from. Wolfhound for Atticus, horse for Granuaile and so on. Oberon now has a partner in crime in Orlaith and I'm looking forward to how much trouble they're bound to get into in future books!

Anyway, my only 'complaint' is that it's "only" 336 pages and I reached the end far too quickly! :)

Oh, did I mention there are rakshasas? Lots and lots of rakshasas.

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1,270 reviews110 followers
October 9, 2015
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.
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256 reviews80 followers
October 15, 2020
Me queda la duda de si está séptima parte la he disfrutado algo menos por llevar tantas páginas de druida en el cuerpo, por el contenido o por que, tal como he leído de otras reseñas, en las últimas partes el autor baja el nivel de la saga.

Tampoco malinterpretemos, que le pongo un 4/5, sigue siendo muy divertido y no dejan de pasar cosas pero...no sé...las bromas, los comentarios, las situaciones...no tienen la misma frescura que en libros anteriores.

Ya sólo quedan 2 para terminar la historia de Atticus y compañía, además tengo la esperanza de que después de una breve pausa para tomar aire y leer otro género, los siguientes los reciba con más ilusión y vuelva a disfrutar de esta saga que tiene algunos de sus volúmenes entre los libros favoritos.
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47 reviews3 followers
July 2, 2014
"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 the Celtic version). He's an asshole of the worst kind, and frankly? His viewpoint was unnecessary and tedious.

Also, continuing increase of darkness. Dark is fine-- but JUDAS GOAT, URBAN FANTASY WRITERS, FIGURE OUT THAT HAPPINESS ISN'T A FREAKING CURSE WORD, WOULD YOU!? Between this and Jim Butcher talking about how it's his job to torture Harry Dresden, the hero of his urban fantasy series, I'm damn near ready to go read some freaking Dr. Seuss!

Four on a ten scale, and that's being more than fair.
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841 reviews568 followers
June 26, 2018
This book has three main perspectives - Atticus, Granuaile, and now Owen. I adored Atticus and Granuaile as always, so I was eager to meet Owen after the way the previous book ended. I loved his gruff, crotchety ways, and how he had to deal with the new world. I often got a good laugh at the interactions between Atticus and Owen. Hell, the humor is always fantastic no matter who is involved.

There's a lot that happens. I really like how there are three storylines following each character, yet they intertwined and eventually connect on some level. I get such a kick out of all the characters Hearne introduces us to, and the Yetties are another prime example of why.
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Author 5 books3,846 followers
July 5, 2014
I'm really enjoying the new viewpoints and developments. Actual plot is incidental to the character development, but I'm not complaining at all. The taste of things to come makes up for it. As always, the characterization of the Irish gods, (and every other god,) is a delight I can't stress enough. Jesus is always particularly funny. I can't wait for more, for I am well and truly hooked.
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