Ugly is hard to forget sometimesKevin Hearne, Staked
How was it? This book is full of surprises, twists, and thought provoking plots.
The changes of P.O.V. was jarring at first, because the characters had their own thing going which made the whole book feel out of focus at first. However in the end, it made the story a lot more interesting. It took alliances we took for granted in a grey area of uncertainty and made a looming threat look more dangerous than it had.
Arc Druid Owen Kennedy is brash, funny, and full of surprises. Him adjusting to modern life was fun but seemed unnecessary until he talked about his past – hint hint – it made him more interesting, and more of a wild card.
As for the Iron Druid, Shattered might be the book in which he disappointed me the most. Just when you think that Atticus has learn his lesson and his using is accumulated knowledge wisely, he does something to create more grief for himself and the people associating with him.
Shattered was fun, frustrating and entertaining.
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How was it? The weird thing about Hunted is that, in my mind it makes one big book with Trapped. I seem incapable of disassociating the two. They truly read like two halves of one book. It’s the title, Hunted, that helps me find my place in the overall story arc.
This book starts off sad, gets funny, then sad again. It’s fast-paced for most of it but then it slows to a crawl. The thrilling action-adventure ride that it is will make you renew your vows to the series. At times, the excitement is constant, and the comedy and heart-wrenching moments are sprinkled throughout. There are very cleverly dropped seeds that are used here. A kernel of a story, a foreshadowed plot point, whatever you want to call it’s . I’m thinking of one in particular that was planted so long – or many books – ago that you might have forgotten about it or not noticed it but once you make that connection it’s impressive.
There’s another impressive feat done here by Hearne, besides ramping up the danger, he made a newer character – I’m trying my best to stay vague – more palatable, likable, even badass.
Like I said, Trapped and Hunted feel like one long book. I didn’t realize that I had started another book – since I dove right into this one. So when I said that I might revisit book 5 I actually mean both stories.
P.S.: I’m so proud of myself I didn’t spent the whole thing gushing about the dog. I’m not really a dog person what is happening to me?
How was it? Contrary to Tricked, who was kind of – much needed – swerve from the “main story-line” Trapped is that breath of fresh air The Iron Druid Chronicles needed. In this book we are smartly lead to the a place that would revives some old story-lines. It’s a whirlwind but one hell of an entertaining one. It’s face-paced with exciting passages, some serious action that is thrilling. There are frustrating moments a few that would make you think “Jeez let a beech get bound.” Or funny exchanges like “Poochism” and many others. Oberon is in top form in this one, he’s seriously the heart of this book series, it doesn’t work as well without him.
Trapped has depth, a great dose of culture, amazing geeky references, action and fun. It might be the one book that I might return to revisit in its entirety.
Fun little story that doesn’t add much to the chronicles. It’s more of a What If story.
How was it? Featured in the anthology “Carniepunk“ and, in an extended version, in “Besiege” this Iron Druid Chronicles novelette comes right after Two Ravens and One Crow chronologically. This might be this short story’s biggest hurdle, it sort of pales in comparison of the previous one. I had to read this twice to even muster a shred of interest in this story. Althought there is some action in this one, it will not be story that will make you want to keep with the series if you’re slowly losing interest. Fighting demons and ghouls can be fun but not here, it’s just O.K. I’d advise to skip this one, and maybe circle back, wouldn’t you agree?
How was it? Set 6 years after Tricked, this interlude is legit, unlike Goddess at the Crossroads but kind of like The Eye of Horus, this story moves the Iron Druid Chronicles forward. It has character development and action.
Nevertheless, I groaned when it started to be about his attraction to his apprentice. He’s sharing his creepy thoughts with us, great 😒 – because they did come off as creepy to me – but at least Oberon’s commentaries made it much better. Besides, is it just me, or was it never really established that the Morrigan could hear Atticus’ thoughts? It was mentioned she could infer them by listening to Oberon’s not outright hear him.
Hearne briefly tried to sale us on a celibate Atticus, maybe in an attempt to clean up his image, to make him prince charming materiel? It gave me a good laugh. I’m not dissing the piece, in fact it’s a tightly written short story. In less than 100 pages Hearne manages to bring mystery, tension and action in an entertaining short story that also closes a story-line or two.
The action here is very visual and like most of the series might warrant an animated adaptation since the male and female nudity would hinder a live-action adaptation, at least in America.
For some reason, I always figured that Atticus stayed young, never really got to be old and gray so I loved learning more about him. Two Ravens and one Crow felt like a progression over filler, worth the time.