The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this hilarious, action-packed collection of original short stories featuring Atticus O’Sullivan, the two-thousand-year-old Irishman from Kevin Hearne’s New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles.
• In ancient Egypt, Atticus agrees to raid a secret chamber underneath the library of Alexandria, dodging deadly traps, only to learn that on-site security includes two members of the Egyptian pantheon.
• At a Kansas carnival, fun and games turns to murder and mayhem, thanks to soul-snatching demons and flesh-craving ghouls luring visitors into an all-too-real house of horrors.
• Verily, in olde England, striking up a friendship with William Shakespeare lands both Atticus and the Bard in boiling hot water with a trio of infamous witches.
• During the Gold Rush, the avatar of greed himself turns the streets of San Francisco red with blood and upsets the elemental Sequoia. Atticus may have to fight fire with fire if he’s going to restore balance.
More, you say? Indeed there is—including bogeymen, vampire hordes, wrathful wraiths, and even a journey to the realm of the dead. Prepare to be besieged with nine tantalizing tales—not to be missed, never to be forgotten.
Praise for Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles
“Clever, fast paced and a good escape.”—Jason Weisberger, Boing Boing
“Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.”—Kelly Meding, author of Chimera
“Outrageously fun.”—The Plain Dealer, on Hounded
“Superb . . . plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review), on Hounded
“An exciting mix of comedy, action, and mythology . . . [Atticus] is one of the best main characters currently present in the urban fantasy genre.”—Fantasy Book Critic, on Tricked
“Funny, razor-sharp . . . plenty of action, humor, and mythology.”—Booklist (starred review), on Shattered
Hearne's Iron Druid, better known as Atticus O'Sullivan (whose most recent full-length adventure is Staked), enjoys more mythological high jinks and humor in these fast-moving short stories detailing some tidbits of his 2,000 years of life. In "The Eye of Horus," Atticus is tasked by Ogma with slipping into a secret room underneath the library in Alexandria to steal a few scrolls. In "The Demon Barker of Wheat Street," a wonderfully gruesome homage to horror movies, Atticus and Granuaile take on a murderous pack of imps masquerading as carnies. "The Bogeyman of Boora Bog" tells how Atticus's story begins. Hearne's lighthearted approach and witty asides are amusing, and he also subtly digs at modern humans' lack of love for the land and its conservation.
A fine gathering
Hearse creates a well textured universe in the Iron Druid series. The characters grow and their personas gather nuance that enrich the emotional tenor of the ongoing narrative. For that reason alone, these short works are worth reading. However, in addition, each of these tales offer something more to the reader. Like all good short stories, the plot allows for the creation of an emotional portrait. Well done.