The first novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles - introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power - plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish - to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
Don’t miss any of Kevin Hearne’s phenomenal Iron Druid Chronicles novels:
Hounded | Hexed | Hammered | Tricked | Trapped | Hunted | Shattered | Staked
Fantasy That Isn't Stuffy
This book is fast-paced, smart, witty, and genuinely funny all while throwing in plenty of action. Atticus' interactions with his dog had me constantly laughing. Hearne has this great way of describing things so well and with so little effort that the story never gets bogged down with pages upon pages of explanation (a lot of fantasy authors could learn from this). You always know what you need to know to follow the story and are never left confused or with huge questions. I love how all the supernatural is believably worked into the modern day.
Of course, none of this would matter if the audiobook version was bad. But I don't see how they could have done a better job here. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks and I can say that Luke Daniels is one of the best narrators I've heard. And he really had his work cut out for him with so many interesting and colorful characters. A great audio version of a great book.
Tired of vampires? This book is for you!
Ok, so they have 1 vamp ( but he is a secondary character). Hearne explores the world of the fey and legend, weaving the old ways and traditions of lore into today's world. The guy has also done his research in the old country. Hearne is apparently an English teacher in AZ, and has a talent for writing young adult fiction like JK Rowling (where adults find it just as entertaining as the kids). I find it very refreshing that this is sans blood and gore (there is some violence..) but it is laugh out loud funny. If you like the humor and lore of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, but are tired of the vamp crap out there this is a great choice. I have read all three books and eagerly wait the release of the 4th one.
BTW, you can find him on facebook and become a fan...his humorous status updates are great!
Best fantasy I've heard since Sanderson
Luke Daniels does a fine job portraying the old druid living as a young man among the hippies and new-agers of Tempe, AZ, using his hard-won paranoia and druid mastery to fight off incoming attacks from his old enemies. Like a grown-up, well-adjusted and very mature Percy Jackson. Couldn't stop listening once I got into it, and looking very much forward to the second book in the series, "Hexed".