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Staked

(The Iron Druid Chronicles #8)

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Iron Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne's epic New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series, has a point to make—and then drive into a vampire's heart.

When a druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backst
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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Del Rey
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Lyn
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I guess I’m a Kevin Hearne groupie.

I’ll join the fan club, wear a T-shirt, hang out at his booth at Comic Con, get a tattoo – well, no, I’m not getting a tattoo.

But I PRE-ORDERED this. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before. Sure, I’ve went to the store and picked up a copy as soon as it was on sell, but I was like the people camped out at Wal-Mart. I couldn’t wait!

Staked, his 2016 Iron Druid novel and 8th novel in the series (there are also several short stories and novellas - and yes, I’ve r
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Bradley
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There's a lot to love here and a small portion of sausage, too.

Or actually, there's a ton of sausage and other massive meat products being consumed in this novel by a certain hound, but more importantly, this novel is practically All Meat.

I mean, aside from a few Doggie BathTime stories, we're inundated with action, action, plot development, a bit more action, and a big hunking slab of action to go down with not a single piece of lettuce. No buildup required or necessary, assuming you've been r
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Grave
Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

After SHATTERED, I had concerns that THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES may be taking on water with an excess of POVs, mythologies and threads. STAKED slowed its roll a bit by limiting the amount of chapters from Owen and Granuaile’s perspectives, and I certainly can’t find fault in Kevin Hearne’s comedic writing style, but the female druid continued to annoy me, and when compared to some of this series’ epic stories, I found that the conclusion to the two century-long vampire sa
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Phrynne
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
The problem with using alternating POVs is that if they are not equally appealing to the reader then the overall book can be spoilt.
As a long term Atticus fan I enjoyed this book despite the fact that Granuaille got far too much air time. She becomes increasingly annoying with her endless lecturing about saving the earth. I actually agree with her philosophy but do not like being lectured in a novel.
Nevertheless I enjoyed the rest of the book extremely. There's an enormous amount of action and
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Abbie Kline
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am annoyed.
I may revise my stars upwards once I actually get to finish this book. Unfortunately I had to stop reading almost as soon as I started. Why? Because if you haven't read the novella "A Prelude to War" (buried within the Three Slices anthology) you're missing the first 3-4 chapters of the damn story.
I got maybe 10-20 minutes into this book, went back to Shattered (the previous book), and still couldn't figure out why I was SO confused. Then I did some googling and discovered that you
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Steve Caldwell
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This is really just 2/3 of a good book, The Granuille chapters suck so badly I dropped it two stars. I was a huge fan of the series from the first book, being a huge fan of Celtic mythology. New takes on that pantheon were always welcome to me. I have taken the journey with Atticus and Oberon against celtic gods, evil witches, The norse gods, Native monsters, and evil vampires. I never particularly cared for Granuille, seeing her as entitled, smug and pretentious with daddy issues, but hey, she ...more
Melissa Richardson
May 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
Don't worry. This fan will be there to purchase the next installment. It really doesn't matter how long I have to wait between books.(George R. R. Martin this includes you!). And to those that give up because it took too long to publish the next book, you are going to miss out on something great. True lovers of the story don't care that they have to wait. We may grumble impatience but that is only because we thrive on the story! (Jim Butcher, this includes you too!) So take your time Mr. Hearne, ...more
Robert Brown
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
The thing Hearne needs to understand, something many other authors fail to understand (I'm looking at you Butcher!), is that "fans" of a series only have so much patience. Then, they become distracted by other series that are more proliferate in their publishing. When a new book comes out in a series that's popular but hasn't had a new release in a long time (1+ year), fewer readers are going to be passionate about picking it up.

The Jedi-series of books (Hearne's and others) is an established fa
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Andrew Obrigewitsch
Sep 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Why does GoodReads let people rate books that aren't even published yet?
Celeste
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
That’s it. I’m caught up with everything published in the Iron Druid Chronicles so far. And I’m sad that I have to wait for the next book, but at least I only have to wait until April! Honestly, how this book ended could’ve been the end of the series. Unlike most of its predecessors, there was a legitimate ending here, one that didn’t in some way set up for the next installment.

However, this is the first book in the series that made me feel a bit lost. I know there are short stories between man
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Iron Druid Atticus O'Sullivan has a vampire problem and he has decided to once and for all take care of that by staking the ancient and power crazy Theophilus. And, he will need some allies to help him to that. But, both Owen Kennedy and Granuaile have their own problems. Owen skipped packing custom to a troll many years ago and now he learns that a troll has a very, very long memory. Granuaile is trying to rid herself of the mark that Loki has put on her, but with the help of Odin will she perh ...more
Jenette
I didn't have high hopes for this one after being severely disappointed with the previous instalment but it still managed to disappoint me all the same. There was a lot of back and forth, literally travelling back and forth between planes and countries, a whole bunch of characters running all over the place (again) and a hell of a lot of nothing.

Seriously. Nothing happened in 85% of this book, not a damn thing worth mentioning. Then at the end some stuff happened and it read as though this sudde
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♥Rachel♥
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, fantasy
A lot of humor is this installment. Oberon and Owen both had me laughing my ass off! Still, there were moments of sadness, and I was worried for our characters more than a few times.

Atticus' doubts at the end made me a little nervous and I hope it isn't an issue in the coming books, but I have a feeling there will be some troubles in their little paradise coming up. I'm wondering why (view spoiler)
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Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 stakes.

This one is focused on Atticus solving his vampire problem once and for all, Granuaile figuring out what to do about her Loki problem as well as confronting her past, and Owen finding his place in modern times.

Kevin Hearne delivers pretty much what you’d expect from this series if you have read the previous books. Fun urban fantasy with paranormal & mythological flavors mixed in. I am still not a fan of him switching to multiple POV’s a few books back, but at least there were hi
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Richard Guion
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think this series has jumped the shark. The high point of the Iron Druid Chronicles, for me, was the third book, Hammered, where Atticus helped vampire Leif attack Asgard in order to kill Thor. Tricked was a very good one, because it featured the Coyote character, and Luke Daniels voice on that character was so good. Trapped was pretty exciting, and it introduced a 2nd narrator, Granuaile, which worked in that one because of a certain event there. Atticus' mentor Owen was added as a third narr ...more
Chris Evans
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
One of the charming things about the Iron Druids books is that thin line Hearne walked with Atticus between hipster doushebag and endearing character. It worked because the hipster stuff was mostly just the external stuff, while he was actually an unapologetic and joyful, arcane warrior most of the time. While that's still true, he seems to be tipping more and more towards the doushebag side of the line.

Owen is... fine, but his POV needs to be used very sparingly, and it needs to be used properl
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Wanda
I read this to fill the Dead Lands square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

There’s plenty of vampire action in this installment of the Iron Druid chronicles to qualify it for my Dead Lands entry for Bingo. Plus it was a great choice for a Friday evening after a long week’s work!

I think this is one of the best books in this series—for once, I was perfectly content with the ending, even though at least one of my favourite characters was lost along the way. Granuaile and Archdruid Owen both get thei
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Angela
I'm glad that the vampire problem is finally dealt with in this book. It needed to be tied up and resolved. Especially as Ragnarok has to be getting closer than ever. There are lots of good things here to deal with, but I admit that I got more than a little irritated with some of the characters in this book. For the most part they aren't main characters, only secondary ones, but the irritation is coloring my view of the book some.

I know not everyone loves it, but I'm greatly enjoying the multi-P
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Tim
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another well-written story in this fantasy series. 8 of 10 stars
☕ Kimberly
Once again we a treated to three POVs and three storylines but unlike Shattered these work seamlessly.

Atticus has issues with the vampires and their leader Theophilus. Enough is enough and its time to take a stand. To do this, he will face danger, severe ties, suffer loss and will end up carrying guilt but with a price on the druid's heads, Atticus is determined to be the victor. This thread has him reconnecting with characters from previous books as he does quite a bit of traveling in his quest
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Cyndi
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three Druids against thousands of vampires. Of course the good guy wins, but the battle to get there is what keeps it interesting. Hearne never loses the unique voice of each of the Druids in his writing. Atticus has been around for thousands of years. He's world weary and realistic. Granuaile is young and full of passion for her causes. She thinks she can change the world. Owen has been asleep for thousands of years. He is older and wiser, in his own ways. Owen wants to pick up where he left of ...more
Scott Scheller
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
CAUTION: minor spoiler ahead.
Overall, a good read, even with the three concurrent POV's and story threads. One aspect DID bother me, though, and managed to pull me out of the story, crashing me back into the "real" world: More than once Granuaile lectured the reader about climate change. To have her mention the subject and how she'd like to do her part to help Gaia out, fine. To have her rant on about it at length smacked of author intrusion and crashed my head-space. Not fine. I did not let thi
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Karen ⊰✿
A few books ago, Hearne started to add in extra POVs and the series kind of lost it's way a bit for me. The start of this book I felt the same as we had not only 3 POVs, but also 3 different storylines and it felt like I was reading some novellas a chapter at a time! Once everyone came together at the end I felt this was back to it's usual fun self and I enjoyed it overall more than I expected.
It is also possible that the audio narration impacts my enjoyment of these multiple POVs because althou
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Eric
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of this series
This eighth volume in what will be a nine book series continued where Shattered left off, tying up loose plot threads and propelling the characters towards the promised Ragnarok event. I enjoyed this entry's focus on vampires, especially Leif Helgarson, as well as the Hammers of Gods, and, separately, meeting Granuaile's step-father. I'm looking forward to seeing how Kevin Hearne wraps up this long running series.
Suzanne
I loved the parts narrated by Owen, tolerated the Atticus story (mostly because I'm not sure I agree with all of his actions/decisions), and I did NOT like the later parts narrated by Granuaile (view spoiler) So 4 stars for the first POV, 3 for the second, and 2 for the third, which averages to a 3 - p ...more
Scott
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
This series continues to entertain with it's mix of action, adventure, and humor.

I really enjoy Atticus as a narrator but have been pretty cold on the multiple narrator front for this series since it started. I'm still not a huge fan but I liked it more in this one than in others.

But, when it comes right down to it, these books are extremely fun and I never feel my time is wasted reading them
Lindsey
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm still on book 5 and I already know book 8 will be AWESOME!!!! Cannot wait!!!!
Solomon Evans
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Is it me or are theses books kinda short?...aaaand Awesome :D
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Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as two forthcoming series: The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and Tales of Pell, a fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson. Books 1-8 of the Iron Druid Chronicles are out now; BESIEGED, a collection of new Iron Druid stories, will be out July 11; A PLAGUE OF GIANTS, the first book of The Seven Kennings, w ...more

Other books in the series

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)
  • Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7)
  • Scourged (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #9)
“I know that when ye think o’ love you’re supposed to think o’ kissy faces and scented soap and hummin’ happy songs together, but there’s another vital part to it that people rarely admit to themselves: We want somebody to rescue us from other people. From talking to them, I mean, or from the burden of giving a damn about what they say. We don’t want to be polite and stifle our farts, now, do we? We want to let ’em rip and we want to be with someone who won’t care if we do, who will love us regardless and fart right back besides.” 8 likes
“Since I’ve become a Druid, I’ve seen some pretty weird shit, Atticus,” Granuaile said, “but Beardy Baggins there squaring off against Squid Head McGee in the snow might be the weirdest.” 5 likes
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