NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 there’s a globe-spanning battle brewing that ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan will be hard-pressed to survive, much less win.
Granuaile MacTiernan must join immortals Sun Wukong and Erlang Shen in a fight against the Yama Kings in Taiwan, but she discovers that the stakes are much higher than she thought.
Meanwhile, Archdruid Owen Kennedy must put out both literal and metaphorical fires from Bavaria to Peru to keep the world safe for his apprentices and the future of Druidry.
And Atticus recruits the aid of a tyromancer, an Indian witch, and a trickster god in hopes that they’ll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. There is a hound named Oberon who deserves a snack, after all.
Praise for Scourged
“[Kevin] Hearne draws his Iron Druid Chronicles to a pitch-perfect close in this dizzy, world-hopping adventure. But amidst the battles and bargaining that goes into saving the world, there is also an enormous amount of heart.”—RT Book Reviews
One of the best Urban fantasy series there is!
I absolutely loved this series, the author did a lot of research on irish as well as many other myths, believes and folklore. The only reason I’m at all disappointed is that my favorite series is over... thanks for some kickin’ books Mr. Hearne
Bad last book and too political
This is a sad end to otherwise good series. Rushed battles with long diatribes and lots of politically charged preaching. As his newer works are liberal propaganda and you get the sense that it really started to ramp up in this book. Luke Daniels is an amazing narrator but I’ll never read or listen to anything Kevin Hearne ever produces again. I read fantasy to escape, not to be preached at with a political agenda.
This book was unfortunately not what the characters deserved. Some events, like the destruction of the world serpent (and accompanying character death) are so rushed that you won’t be quite sure that they really happened. Compiling that issue, the characters are written in a way that does not reflect the development they’ve made so far. Whereas around the halfway point of the series, the relationship between Granuaile and Atticus was well written, with an equal balance of trust, care, love, and independence, it’s thrown out the window in the later part of the series. Intentional or not, Granuaile begins being written like an intense anti-patriarchy social warrior, which is a huge exaggeration of her character traits. While it’s clear that Atticus cares for her, even though they receive almost no interaction together during the last few books, it seems as though Granuaile never really feels much for Atticus all of a sudden. The book tells you that yes they love each other, but you are never shown that. Granuaile even mentions in a short story that she’s considering sleeping with some guy she meets in Poland, since Atticus and her relationship wasn’t mutually exclusive. Not only is that sudden, it’s fairly scummy, and I don’t get the sense from the way Atticus is written that he’s even thinking about sleeping with other girls. It’s sad that an excellent relationship that could make one smile due to its genuine nature suddenly vanished as the characters became strangers.
Compounding this issue is that Granuaile was given a useless role for most of the book. As with the other recent ones, the three protagonist’s stories mostly took place completely apart. Granuaile’s only purpose it seems was to be somewhere else in order to give a poor reason to break off the relationship between her and Atticus suddenly, thereby making him more miserable.
The ending itself was fairly bad. Atticus loses his right arm, his connection to much of the earth’s abilities, thereby losing those as well. It’s a lame and unneeded consequence that feels ripped straight from Full Metal Alchemist. It’s also hinted that he’ll find a way to get his arm healed, but we don’t know for sure, so what was the bloody point? A shoehorned suggested romance between Atticus and the Morrigan is suggested.
Overall I would’ve given the book a 7/10, but the ending and butchering of the characters and their relationships with each other was horrible, bringing one of the most disappointing endings ever to my favorite series.