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(The Iron Druid Chronicles #4.1-4.2, 4.6-4.7, 8.1-8.2, 8.6-8)

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Harry Dresden meets American Gods in this collection of all-new stories set in the bestselling world of The Iron Druid Chronicles, starring 2,000-year-old Irishman/Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan.

The Iron Druid Chronicles is a hilarious and action-packed urban fantasy set in a modern world in which all the gods of every pantheon are alive and well, as in American Gods; its hero
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Del Rey
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Tim There's a lot going on in this book and the switch in character perspectives may be compelling or annoying depending on your point of view. I've read…moreThere's a lot going on in this book and the switch in character perspectives may be compelling or annoying depending on your point of view. I've read every book in the series along with the novellas and Atticus has always come across as an everyman's kind of hero. He's hard working when he has to be but he'd much prefer to kick back and enjoy life. Granuille should have been the friend and lover that would be a great payoff for Atticus and a wonderful character for the readers to love. Sadly I think she's become tedious and mostly a non-event of distraction in the narrative. For all the empathetic love she supposedly has for nature, she really doesn't seem to care much about hurting people if they displease her.
I find Own a far more honest character in that he's got an ancient and alien mindset but he's aware of it and he's working on changing it, albeit somewhat slowly. He's far less pretentious and self righteous than the newest druid to my thinking.
I really loved her in the early days but now I find Granuille bordering on being as ill behaved as some of the gods that we learned to hate in these books. I miss the Morrigan. She was tough and often brutal but she was honest about it. (less)

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Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I would describe the book "Besieged" by Kevin Hearne, a collection of stories about some of the various characters that inhabit is "Druid" series of books, suffers, from the problem of 'too much of the same'.

That's not to say the book lacks entertainment, as it is presented. Many of the stories have a similar format. A character reminisces about events in the past, either as a fireside tale or a general recollection of past events. For me, this immediately creates the problem popping the balloo
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is pure candy. What else can we expect out of a collection of novellas and short stories set in between the long-running Iron Druid series? Of course, we need to have some passing familiarity with the events, but for the most part, these snap right along and give us cute, sometimes, funny, and sometimes horrific scenes of an immortal druid battling demons in the wild west or taking on carnies.

Say what?

Well, yeah! And running from Bast in ancient Egypt! Oops. Well, we always knew that Attic
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
In many ways, this was the Iron Druid book I’ve been waiting for.

I love Kevin Hearne’s writing, love the characters he’s created and the world building based on world myth and legend. I’ve read all the Iron Druid books and like them all. But some of the novels have been a bit stretched out, some of the plots a touch watered down. What has always fascinated me, though, is the depth of his creation and the potentiality for so much more. It's kind of like how the Marvel films are great, but the Net
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good compilation of short stories by Iron Druid master, Kevin Hearne. Narrator, Luke Daniels lends his usual awesome voices to the main characters. 7 of 10 stars
Baige Bell
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I HATE that the synopsis compares this so heavily to Dresden. Dresden takes itself so seriously that it is absolutely insufferable. Atticus O'sullivan is always done in good humor and tongue in cheek fantasy tropes. He isn't getting beaten to near death every fifteen pages and expected to save the entire universe by the end of every book. It's much more light hearted and therefore much more bearable than Dresden's constant whining about the paper cut a random ass kid in Saudi Arabia got while re ...more
Feb 27, 2017 marked it as to-read
Interestingly enough, I am not a big fan or either Harry Dresden or Neil Gaiman, but I really enjoy the Iron Druid series. This is why I do not like title dropping in the book blurbs. I wish people would stop doing that. It never works out well for the book. Either you skip it because you didn't like the books mentioned or you read it, but you're disappointed by the comparison. Besides, why compare this book to others when the series is solid enough to stand on its own? I'm still going to read t ...more
Kat  Hooper
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
And now I need the next book! I hope Atticus survives the coming battle!
Though I purchased this on release day, because how could I not, I didn't read it until recently. I had missed the fact that they were almost all new stories. In fact, 8 of the 9 are brand new. As soon as I recognized that, I immediately dove in. I know I've recently binged this series, and remember the characterization of females getting better and better throughout the series - and I can easily say that it continues here. I appreciate the awareness the characters exhibit of many of the current ...more
Jessica ☕
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First off, this made me love Owen even more. Also, fun fact: cover Owen looks like a mashup of my dad and my husband, so he wins even more points.


Oftentimes, short story compilations are sort of a consolation prize while readers wait for the next book -- kind of a greatest hits of cut scenes that don't really move the plot forward. However, Besieged is not one of these books.

While most stories are told from the viewpoint of Atticus, there are stories told by Granuaile and Owen, too. Each
Kathy Davie
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
An anthology of nine short stories with eight of them new in The Iron Druid Chronicles urban fantasy series and revolving around a 2,000-year-old Druid and his (mis)adventures. (Hearne considers this anthology to fall in at 8.5 in the series, publication-wise, after The Purloined Poodle , which is actually 8.5.)

The Series
"The Eye of Horus", 4.1
"Goddess at the Crossroads", 4.2
"The Demon Barker of Wheat Street", 4.6
"Gold Dust Druid", 4.7
"The Bogeyman of Boora Bog", 8.1
"Cuddle Dungeon", 8.2
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2017
This was a great group of short stories (all new except for one), most of which tied together and led in nicely to the next book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

I particularly liked how a bunch tied together, but were told by different characters’ POV. And dang you Morrigan for leaving us with that warning to end on.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One thing I'll admit to right out of the gate is that I'm a SUCKER for in-world vignettes, shorts, and novellas. I spoke to this at length a couple years ago on my blog, and it still holds true today.

There isn't much I don't love about them - the quick format, the background story info, the chance for the author to expand on their world with bitesized adventures. Iron Druid already has that feel to it as a series, to a degree, and seems a perfect fit for even more of these shorts. With the seri
Kenny Bellew
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Hearne is the author of one of my favorite fantasy series, and he just released this book of 9 short stories that occur at different times within the 12 books I've already read, so it was really fun. He also sets up his next book (I assume) that will deal with Ragnarok, a coming apocalypse that has been alluded to in several other of his books. And, as I often do when talking about Kevin Hearne, I'll mention again that if you like Jim Butcher, you're going to enjoy this as well.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can I just say that I often forget how much I like this series until a new one comes out and then I read the newest and I want to go back and read them all again? This book may entice a new reader to the series, but I'd really recommend that you read the other books before this one, it will make far more sense.

This is a short story collection of Iron Druid stories, mostly taking place between or after the other published books. We get some stories of Atticus visiting a variety of locales like E
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
There was a lot to like about this compilation of stories from the Iron Druid series. Each one is told from a different point of view: either Atticus, Owen, Granuile, or in parts, by Oberon. We learn how Atticus came by his moniker "the iron druid", how Owen met Atticus and trained him to be a Druid, and probably the most heartfelt, what happened to the first companion-animal Atticus bound to him. That one really brought on the waterworks for me.

I know the next book is the final book and I'm bo
★★★☆☆ The Eye of Horus
★★★☆☆ Goddess at the Crossroads
★★★★☆ The Demon Barker of Wheat Street
★★★★☆ Gold Dust Druid
★★★★☆ The Bogeyman of Boora Bog
★★★☆☆ Cuddle Dungeon
★★★☆☆ Blood Pudding
★★★★☆ Haunted Devils
★★★★☆ The End of Idylls
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Eye of Horus
Mostly bored by this story except the very end and Oberon's comments.
Goddess at the Crossroads
I literally read this with the first 4 novellas in the compilation and remember thinking, MEH. But cannot even remember what it was about.
The Demon Barker of Wheat Street
I read/listened to this in Carniepunk compilation and was so unimpressed by the voice of Oberon that I didn't really end up connecting with it. I thought the story was interesting though. Here is when
Christopher Preiman
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 5-star-reads
It is always difficult to write a review of a short story collection, after all there are usually both high and low points, things you loved and things you didn’t, but that’s not really an issue with Besieged by Kevin Hearne. Full of little gems, Besieged offers little glimpses into the lives of characters that we’ve come to love over eight novels, a couple novellas and a few earlier short stories, offering us the chance to see the little stories that the main narrative thread doesn’t really hav ...more
James Adams
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun collection of short stories in the Iron Druid series. There's some great stuff here, but also a couple of duds.
To start with, the negs:
"Goddess at the Crossroads" should have been one of my favorites, as it has Shakespeare, witches, vile transformations, etc. Instead, I actually forgot about it and had to take a second look before it would register. Literally forgettable, kinda dull;
"Blood Pudding" shows that Hearne still has a hard time writing from a female POV (mostly doesn't write wome
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really love this series, and I was happy to have some short stories to get me through until the next book. I enjoyed them all, but I think Perin, Owen, and of course Oberon were the best. Owen's views on how we're "cocking up the planet" are hilarious to me!
Jon Adams
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
All of these short stories are setup for the final book in the series. If you've been following the Iron Druid Chronicles this is a must-read.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed for & posted at Vampire Book Club

Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it may make references to previous books in the series.

Let me preface this by saying, me and anthologies… we’re not the best of friends. I very rarely read them, and even more rarely review them. But if any pair can tempt me to open the cover of one, it’s Atticus and Oberon. The fact that I’ve g
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this series up until Staked. Starting with Staked, including in those of these shorts that follow Staked, Mr. Hearne started to include condescending, politically charged statements, which I prefer to avoid when unwinding with fiction. The gist of these statements can be summarized as follows: "Obviously the only correct opinions regarding environment, gender roles, religion, economics, etc. are the ones I hold. Everyone with differing opinions is an idiot, and we should laugh a ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
This is a collection of short stories in the Iron Druid universe. I found most of the stories to be rather bland - same stuff, different day. There were one or two stories that were different, but most were of the all-powerful druid killing the bad guy variety. In short, an ok read but I know the author can do better and I wonder if he hasn't got bored with this story.
Tom Mathews
Story collections are usually like baseball games. Sometimes they hit it out of the park and other times they don’t even make it to first base. Some are the result of really good ideas that provide enough material for a great story but not enough for a book. Others are used to fill in minor holes in a book series. Others are nothing more than the literary equivalent of doodling. The nine stories that make up Besieged take place at different times throughout the Iron Druid series and readers who ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
BESIEGED is Kevin Hearne's latest product in the Iron Druid Chronicles. It is a short story collection, most of which are narrated by Atticus O'Sullivan, the Iron Druid, but stories focused on the Archdruid Owen and the newest druid, Granuaile, are also featured. Some of the stories go back in time, or explain how things came to be, but most of the tales are closer to the Iron Druid present. And, it is clear, the series is far closer to its conclusion than to its beginning.

From that beginning th
Joy Smith
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
These nine stories have assorted characters narrating. I liked the Atticus and Oberon (his Irish wolfhound) stories the most. And one character's story contains adult content. (Cuddle Dungeon) The stories vary in location and time periods, with a variety of supernatural beings, including werewolves and other shape changers, vampires, ghouls, demons, witches, gods and more with lots of magic, adventure, danger, and mayhem (blood and guts, etc.).

Atticus O'Sullivan is a Druid from Ireland; he's be
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y-fantasy, z-fave17
I think Oberon would rate this 5 stars as there is gravy and bitches.
I loved him and Atticus discussing reviews, that was fun lol.

But oh so much love~! Perun... Like i couldn't adore him more. With the Cuddle Dungeon I submit for your listening fun, Bloodhound Gang - Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss. Luke did do well narrating this book but that just cracked me up. Way to make us love and appreciate the Gods, Mr. Hearne! Perun is so adorable that whole scene just felt tmi awkward between much older a
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
This book was so much fun to read! It's a bunch of short stories told from the viewpoints of Atticus, Granuaile, Owen, and Perun. The stories fill us in on some of the past, especially that of Atticus and Owen--including one story on how they met and thus how Owen became Atticus's teacher. And in the present, Owen is training a whole group of new Druids! I didn't remember that.

The stories take us all over the place: Poland, Gold Rush California, pre-contact Mayan Empire. and even to a present-da
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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)
  • Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #8)
  • Scourged (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #9)
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