This is such a great series. It is the seventh book in The Iron Druid series, so beware spoilers of the first six. Atticus O’Sullivan is a druid who was born thousands of years ago. For a majority of that time, he was the only druid left. He has recently taken trained another druid (Granuaile) and recovered his archdruid from a place where he was frozen in time. In this book, you get first person perspectives from all three druids- and it works. Each one of them are strong enough to carry a book on their own. Kevin Hearne is such a smart writer, effortlessly balancing pop culture and history (and an extensive knowledge of cultural religion). I am going to give this book 4 stars.
Here’s a breakdown…
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What is this book about?
Granuaile gets a call to come to India because her dad is possessed and she may be able to help him. She ends up going to the Himalayas to find the yetis (the children of a frost giant and Manannan Mac Lir) to get a special weapon that may be able to save her dad. She does get the weapon, but her dad ends up dying and Loki takes the sword.
Attitucs was trying to figure out who is after him (for the past six books). He finds out that there are seven gods that are helping him out (Jesus, Ganesha, Odin, Inari, Buddha, Guanyin, Shango, Perun, and Brighid), but someone has been trying to kill him. With Owen’s instinct and fresh perspective they figure out who it is (Fand). There is an Epic Battle, with the Good Guys coming out on top, but they did let Fand live.
Owen is trying to adjust to the 21st century. He does pretty good, befriending the werewolves and even finding a girlfriend (Gretta).
What did I think about this book?
I loved the summary of the first six books at the beginning.
I also loved Owen’s perspective, it was fun to see a different perspective on Atticus. And as much as I love the hounds, I hope he gets a monkey.
There is a show down with Loki coming- I can’t wait for that!
The plot was interesting, the pace was good, the writing is great. The characters are interesting and each one unique.
“You want me to engage a werewolf in combat jokingly?” Oberon (he has some of the best lines in the book)
This series just keeps getting better!