Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok - AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living - and still have a world to live in.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 52 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 25, 2013|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,501 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#85 in Contemporary Fantasy
#158 in Paranormal Fantasy
#712 in Action & Adventure Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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One of the things that I really liked about Hunted was getting to know Granueaile just a little bit better. Although they’ve been close for a while, Atticus, Granueaile and Oberon seemed even more like “family” than they have in the past books.
As much as I love Oberon and Granuaile, I have to admit that Oberon is the character that keeps me coming back. Okay, so I’m kidding (maybe just a little) but he is so much more than a dog in the Iron Druid Chronicles and if you’ve read any of these books, you know exactly what I’m talking about. He’s witty, ridiculous, adorable and just about the coolest dog ever written into any series. Passages like this are just one example:
I (Atticus) said to Granuaile, “We may have a faery tail.”
Yeah! This is the kind of faery tale with children who wander off and get in trouble in the forest. Usually they die because they don’t have a wolfhound along – or parents. You ever notice the rampant child neglect going on in faery tales?
“No, Oberon, I said we might have a faery tail, as in a faery who is tailing us.”
My hound whined. English is stupid sometimes.
I mean really, he has a point, doesn’t he? 😀
Hunted is book 6 in the series, which means I only have 3 books to go before I reach the finale. Next is Shattered, which I happen to have two copies of. (Don’t ask… when you read as much as I do, it’s hard to keep track.) Maybe I’ll find a way to share that one with a lucky reader. 😉
However, the first time the POV change it did confuse me for a sentence or two, but then it became the norm for the book though there weren't too many.
This book though will definitely get you the feelers, I mean you grow with each character in a book, and when something happens, you feel that as well.
But alas, there are happy times in this book too, as well as the glorious laughs you get with these books, the quips are just downright hilarious.
I'm quite interested on what's going to happen in the next book, and this one leaves you with a "Oh Snap!" at the end. OH SNAP!
Can't really say why. Mostly I'm afraid I won't do them justice...
I can honestly say I LOVE this series. I'm starting the 7th one just after I'm done writing this, I'll tell ya that. Already in my kindle ^^
I'm not quite sure how to go on though (probably why I have t tried reviewing this series before ;)
There's SO much I like. Or rather, I can't find anything I don't like.
And ppl should know. I cannot be selfish and enjoy this all by myself. Ppl need to know xD
These books are funny, geeky, smart, beyond interesting, geeky, awfully well written and researched, funny, engaging, action-packed, dark at times, sweet at times, geeky, funny and just plain brilliant.
I mean, what's there to say about a Druid over two thousand years old who keeps up with the world and has an Irish wolfhound who he's taught to talk so they can communicate through a mental link, totally badass or what?
And said hound, Oberon, loves bacon (and then again who doesn't? crazy ppl, that's who) watches Dirty Harry movies, quotes Star Wars and loves to get down and dirty with French poodles. He's loyal, loving, can't tell time well, loves stories (and they are the only way he'll get a bath) and he's basically a big geek who loves meat. Adorable (and far from it when in battle)
Well, frakking awesome is what I say.
I cannot think of a reason someone wouldn't enjoy this series. I mean, I know I strongly relate to the bacon and geek part, but still!
Has a little of everything and then holy f*cking SOME.
And when I say a little of everything I'm taking the totally awesome Druid, his hilarious, geeky talking-hound, the hot redhead newbie Granuaile, magic, werewolves, vampires, witches, dark elves, fairies, legendary swords, different plains of existence, any and every god from any and every Pantheon: Irish, Norse, Indian, Roman, Greek, freaking Christian for crying out loud...
And so on and so forth! You name it and they probably made or will make a guest appearance for better or worse.
Everything is just beautifully woven into these intricately, well thought stories that make these 6 books so far.
And the 7th I'm sure.
And more to come. I hope!
Just keep being awesome, Hearne!
And I'll just keep reading.
Best deal ever ;P
On a side note, I'd like to point out that I get the audiobook version of books I like whenever I can so that I'm always 'reading' even when I can't actually hold the iPad.
So I need to say this.
Christopher f*cking Ragland has made my reading these books, which we already agreed are freaking awesome and then some, even better.
What's better than freaking awesome? Christopher Ragland doing Atticus and Oberon, that's what. He's doing more than reading the books, he's living them and making it impossible for me to imagine Atticus (sexy voice BTW) and Oberon with a different voice.
Job well done.
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The characters continue to hold my interest and affection, mostly because the author allows them to grow and develop but also because they are just so darned likeable. As someone who has read reasonably widely about the world's mythologies I have yet to find any interpretation that strikes me as awkward or contrary to my own thoughts around the key figures who weave their way in and out of the story.
The passion of the Druids for the earth and their relationship with Gaia is particularly well-written - and in case anyone thinks that pushes the story into neo-pagan namby-pamby land, let me assure you it is nothing of the kind. The writing around this relationship is perceptive, as is the musing by the main character about his relationship with the Morrigan.
The word "whimsical" kept coming into mind as I considered how best to write this review; humorous, quirky, quaint, witty and playful. All the synonyms are apt description of a book that really is a delight to read.
It basically boiled down to a chase that lasted for 4/5ths of the book, with various walk on parts by different Irish, Norse, Greek and Roman pantheon gods. None of them hung around long enough to be more than cardboard cut outs. The last 1/5th of the book became more interesting, and opened up some interesting plot opportunities, but (sad to say) it didn't make up for the rest of the book.
If this was an episode in a tv series, it would be 'a filler episode' where they are saving up for a big series climax, make a few simple, cheap episodes in the middle to cut down on costs and special effects.
On the other hand, I still like the writing style, the main characters and the world.
Will I read the next in the series... Maybe...
This book kicks off exactly where Trapped ends and launches into a fast paced and exciting story with our two favourite Druids and their trusty hound being chased across Europe. I will not delve into the story (no spoilers here).
The only real gripe I have is that there was no real need to give us a few chapters from Granuaile's point of view get back to Atticus and continue on with the story!!!!
Only other thing I would say is that as always Oberon steals the show with his witty banter and slick movie references that often gave laugh out loud moments which earned me some funny looks when reading in public
The series is about Atticus, the Iron Druid, a follower of Tuatha de Danann. It is an urban fantasy and based in our world. All the gods and monsters are real, from Loki to Zeus with a supporting cast of gods and devils from every pantheon.
This story continues from the last installment with Greco-Roman pantheon still chasing Atticus, his wolfhound Oberon and Granuaile, his old apprentice and now newly minted druid.
The story for the most part focuses on their attempted escape and evasion from Diana and Artemis. For the first time since the short story Test of Mettle we get to see things not only from Atticus' point of view but also from Granuailes. There are some emotional sucker punches in this book which caught me by surprise but for the most part this is more of the same Iron Druid that I know and love. It is quick, humorous, full of magic, meat products and more than a little cheese.
This is one of the rare authors who actually makes me laugh out loud.
If I have to criticize, which is difficult as Kevin Hearne is one of my all time favorite authors, the series can occasionally stagger under the weight of all the panthea and monsters it has introduced. Thankfully, very few more were added in this book.
I would strongly advise that you read the books in sequence from Hounded rather than start here but be warned you will never look at an Irish Wolfhound the same way again.
Overall, its better than sausages.
For me this never got above okay and the series seems to be declining. I'm sorry about that because it was a good idea and initially very well delivered with wit and clever application. But I tire of Oberon's sausage and poodle jokes and the current story thread has run on a little too long (although in fairness the author does close it down in this book).
So, a chase wrapped around some God politics and bad guys. It lacks the interaction with real people and the usual clever ideas so it is okay but not much more than that.