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(The Iron Druid Chronicles #9)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  11,560 ratings  ·  1,289 reviews
Kevin Hearne creates the ultimate Atticus O’Sullivan adventure in the grand finale of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles: an epic battle royale against the Norse gods of Asgard.

Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, a.k.a. the Apocalypse, upon the earth. They’ve made allies on the darker side of many pantheons, and
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Del Rey
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Steven At a guess, Hearne either got tired with the series or lost interest in favour of the Seven Kennings series he's writing. That seems to be the general…moreAt a guess, Hearne either got tired with the series or lost interest in favour of the Seven Kennings series he's writing. That seems to be the general consensus. I don't know for certain myself. I stopped reading around book 4, but watching this series play out has been fascinating, especially seeing people's breaking points,(less)

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Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a bit of a sad ending for a series which I have previously enjoyed very much. I liked some of it but wish the author had not gone for the three separate story lines. It really did not work and all I could think of was that the three Druids should have been there together for the battle that could end the world. Why were they playing around with fancy tea, Monkey kings and talking sloths (don't ask!) when they should have been out there helping to bring down Loki.

And the ending was reall
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
What a shitty ending! I was (view spoiler)

The only good parts were with Owen and Oberon
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it

That is the main thought that is continually running through my mind as I sit here and think about the ending to this series.

***THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.......Do not go on if you have not read the book******

Yes - the series had to end.
Yes- the series might have even gone a book or two passed where it should have ended.
Yes - Atticus screwed up.

Now that those things are out of the way, so the f***what? He is human (well, for the most part). He has lived an EXTRAORDINARILY long
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
What the heck happened to this series? I've looked at the earlier books, and they're so good... Is Mr. Hearne even writing this? Has the person who's writing this read the earlier books?

Where are the Gun wielding Draugar from book 5? Fand's rebellion, a MAIN hidden plot thread of an entire 2-3 book arc (remember Atticus almost dying to a Manticore?, the issues with Pandamonium?), is fixed by having a chair destroyed. That's it. All she wanted is a chair destroyed. What the hell? And now she's de
I'm amazed, satisfied, filled with humor and equal dismay.

*wail* This is the end of the Iron Druid. The story of Atticus is done. *wail*

Fortunately, this last book is a wildly good ride, featuring a better Hel and Loki from some movies we've seen, a Ragnarok with full pantheons of the Greek and the Fae on board, as well as a number of great cameos from Jesus, Coyote, and the Monkey King.

This is one hell of a big blowout and it's time for Atticus to account for starting it.

And then there's the Oa
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Save for the introduction, this story is not fun and my least favorite to date. 3 of 10 stars!
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
As someone who loves every one of the Iron Druid series. This one was a disappointment. I felt like Kevin Hearne just wanted the series to end and didn't care how he did it. I know he says that 9 is a special number in irish mythology. I know that he wanted to move onto something new. Still give us a decent ending and not a mashup that felt like a first draft. ...more
Chris Evans
Apr 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Let me start off by saying I can see what he was attempting to do here. When you have a nine book series hoping around the world all leading up to the end of the world, you're going to want to create and 'epic' finally bring in all the characters met along the way. Hearne just does a really poor job of executing it. Several times he has massive threats neutralized swiftly and easily.

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Jason Fuller
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
And so it ends.

For now at least.

Kevin Hearne wraps up his very entertaining Iron Druid series nicely, binding together the myriad strands of myth, legend and urban fantasy that made this all so fun. Like all the others, Hearne’s underlying humor, some of it corny, was also in good form and for the most part, this was one of the better stories.

Ragnarok has come down on us from the old Norse myths and Atticus and his confederacy of Norse, Celtic, Fae and other pantheons team up to put Loki and Hel
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review now posted!

Original review can be found at Booknest.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Well, that’s it. After nine books, we’ve finally reached the end of the road.

Reading this series has been among the most fun I’ve ever had reading. Hearne has spun a wonderful tale with an amazing cast of characters. So many of these characters have come to feel like friends and even family. Atticus, our main character, has gotten into some terrible scrapes throughout the series, and everything he’s done comes to
Kyle Marino
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am so disappointed by this book. Like, incredibly so. Let me list the disappointments, with minor but minimal spoilers:

Disappointment 1: The size. At the font size I was reading at, it was 248 pages long... including copyright, pronunciation guides, and all that. 250 pages for the epic final book of a 9 book series is incredibly small.

Disappointment 2: The pace. The book is almost entirely composed of brief "and now this is happening over here" chapters. There's very little where all the chara
Jessica Rodrigues
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I award this book 1 billion wagging dog tails for a fulfilling, unexpected finale to what has been one of my favorite series.

Some spoiler-y thoughts on "the Granuaile situation": (read at your own peril)
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Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thoroughly enjoyed the Druid series but I am afraid Scourged left me cold. The final Ragnarok battle felt totally disjointed and jumbled. Whilst the main character did warrant some payback for some of his decisions in earlier books the various outcomes were at the same time unexpected and overkill.

Overall the entire book felt like the author was running out of steam and was trying to gather up all the loose ends and finalise each one in what turned out a very amateurish fashion.

I think his m
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun romp, with an ending like a punch in the gut. I miss these books so much already.
What a sad end to a series I generally liked! And by sad, I mean disappointing. This books throws every god/deity/mythological being into one big battle, which maybe would have been exciting if I wasn't so busy being bored and/or confused. I'm sure some, if not most of them, were 'shown' to us in previous books but keeping them all straight was incredibly difficult for me, especially given their names (which granted the author could do nothing about, but still). Add on to that the ease in which ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
As they say, I wish I could give this book ZERO stars.

What a sanctimonious, sniveling, pissant end to what WAS an excellent series. One of my favorites in nearly 60 years of reading, destroyed by Pecksniffian bullshit.

Had I known that Hearne was going to reduce one of my all time favorite characters into a neutered, puling, shadow man in a hair shirt, I'd not have wasted a minute of my time, or my money on his books, and certainly won't make that mistake again. Apparently, Atticus should have hu
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
This was such a disappointment. I'd read all of Kevin Hearne's previous novels about Atticus and was heavily invested in the characters and the world they lived in. I realize ending a series is hard, but I felt like the plot was thin and rushed, it was as if he was over writing about Atticus and just decided to throw him under the bus and blacken his character while he was at it and then tie everything else up neatly. It didn't work. I hated it, it absolutely ruined the series for me. ...more
Richard Whitrock
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is the review I wrote for Amazon:

Scourged seems to be an exercise in self flagellation for all involved: for the main character, a contest of how much guilt can be achieved and how many terrible things can happen (that he can then blame himself for); for the writer, to see just how much he can pile into this story that doesn't fit with the rest of the series while minimizing page count; for the reader, to see just how much of all of the above while stretching the bounds of believability (in
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
What an abysmal end to such a fun and once promising series.

How did it devolve into so many pages of dogs talking about gravy, main characters wondering about whether vampires have boogers, and lengthy conversations with sloths? Considering this was the much led-up-to apocalypse, where was the gravitas? Yes, we got some repetitive passages of Atticus whining about his poor decisions, but that did not create any tension. Nor did the technique of shifting between the three protagonists points-of-
Odin Yggr
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Theofilos
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was an okay end to a pretty good series. Atticus loses any and all badassedness and relies on others to solve all of his problems. Owen's parts were great and on their own would have been about a 4.5 to 5 star. But Granuaille's arc and her decision making in the end ruined her portions and character for me. As well Ragnarok seemed underwhelming for something that has been being built up for 6 books and many novellas. It is not an unearned conclusion to the series, but it isn't a welcome one ...more
Aug 22, 2017 marked it as to-read
Woah! New guy on the cover. He no longer looks like Shaggy from Scooby Doo. ;)
Peter Larson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I give up on this series. 9 books in, the writing shouldn't be this amateurish and bland. The first half hour of the audiobook is dogs talking about sausage, and a fight scene in a bar a short while later reads like fanfiction. Plot lines for the series have been engaging enough, but I'm tired of the stupid dog conversations. There are too many books in the world to waste my time on another of these. ...more
kartik narayanan
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scourged is a great ending to a great series.

There is a satisfying climax with everyone piling in. Every one gets their comeuppance. Lots of humour. Lots of gaia stuff. Significant character development.

Basically, you will like Scourged if you liked the other Iron Druid books.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
The only reason I reluctantly read Scourged was because it's the final book in The Iron Druid Chronicles. It was spectacularly abysmal reading experience. It's hard to wrap my mind around such a disappointing wrap up to a series that I once enthusiastically recommended. The first three books were excellent. Around book five (this marked a shift in the series where Hearne started to inject his politically correct leanings into the storylines) the series started to go off the rails and evolved fro ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Damn the series is ending! Damn this is the last book. Damn it WAS A REALLY GOOD BOOK! I am very sorry to see this series end but it ended well, wrapped up all the loose treads and didn't end like I expected, so that was a pleasant surprise. If I haven't talked you into reading the Iron Druid series yet then GO GET THEM NOW!!!!!! I promise you won't be disappointed. You will get a great fun action read with some good humor scattered throughout the story. My highest recommendeation ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sadly the books no longer feel like the first 4-5. They've lost the magic quality that I so enjoyed. The whole dogs talking thing, which I'm sure people love, have become major passages of the book and distract from the loose plot. ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Congratulations Kevin for ruining the series with this last book.
Karen ⊰✿
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uno_2019
Great ending to the series as the build up to Ragnarok comes to fruition and Attitcus, Owen and Granuaile are forced to make decisions that are best for them as individuals.
I was surprised with the ending, but it was also kind of fitting. (In many ways the series is still open for more books or spin offs considering how long Druids can live for!)

I am still not a huge fan of the audio and enjoyed this more reading on my kindle. I think with three distinct POVs it would have benefited from three n
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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.

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)
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