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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
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
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
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
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
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!
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atticus, Granuiale, and Oberon are enjoying a quiet evening around the campfire at their Colorado cabin when Oberon and Granuiale beseech Atticus to tell them a story. I loved the setup and clear indicators Hearne gave us as to where each story falls in the Iron Druid Chronicles timeline. This book encompassed the following novellas #4.1, 4.2, 4.6, 4.7, 8.1, 8.2, 8.6, 8.7, 8.9.

THE EYE OF HORUS-  This short story predates the Druid Chronicles stories and takes place before Atticus was the las
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

This is a campfire tale narrated by Attitus to Granuaile and Oberon, but it predates the IRON DRUID CHRONICLES, so Luke Daniels adopted an old Irish accent for the dialogue which was almost as fun to listen to as Owen's. Readers discover in part how the protagonist became the Iron Druid which is a tidbit that's mostly glossed over in the full-length books, thus I really enjoyed unraveling that mystery, plus the usual Siodhachan takes on an impos
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
Caleb M.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE the Iron Druid Chronicles. They are so much fun. And to think I never would have even started this series if it wasn't for a book club that I have on facebook and the first book, Hounded, got picked for the book of the month. I was not excited. I took one look at the cover and cast some serious judgement. Well I was wrong to do that and found a series that I want to devour every morsel of.

This particular book started off slow. I was expecting stories that happened in between books of the
Jessica Rodrigues
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.
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.
Timothy Boyd
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was sad to realize the Iron Druid series only had one book left. Then this bonus books of new short stories came out in the between times wait for the last book. Now that my fix is over I can hopefully survive till 2018 when the series ends. Excellent set of stories each told from the viewpoint of a different main character in the series. If you haven't discovered the Iron Druid you need to rush out, get the first book, call into work sick and start reading! Perfect mix of action, humor and ju ...more
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 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
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
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Besieged is a collection of tales all set in the Iron Druid world. All but the last few are not directly related to the current storyline. Many are fun recountings of events in the long lives of these characters.

*Note: I could not find a listing of the story titles within the book, so I did my best trying to catch the names when listening to the audiobook.

"Eye of Horus"
This is a story Atticus shares with Granuaile and Oberon; told between Tricked and Two Ravens and One Crow, when Granuaile is s
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: 5-star-reads, 2017
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
Cupcakes & Machetes
Required reading before Scourged.

I'm always skeptical when something says it's required reading before moving on with a series. (Also, it tends to annoy me. I don't like when novellas become 'required'.) In this case, it's true. There are some relationship shake ups that you'll have no clue about if you skip this.

Enough complaining about forced reading. (I know, I'm SO tortured. How dare someone force me to read.) This is a rather fun collection of short stories regardless. They are told from di
Eric Smith
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was an enjoyable addition to the Iron Druid chronicles. There was nothing essential in the stories and many of them take place in the past but a few deal with events between books 8 and 9. Its a good read for anyone invested in the series who want to read some quick side stories. I would love to see more stories with Owen and the apprentices and maybe even a spin off series focusing on their training in the vein of Young Jedi Knights but I know that's rather unlikely. If you like the series ...more
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!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy the Iron Druid stories, then these shorts are a pleasant read where you can spend more time with the characters and that world.
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 given
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