by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #7
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 12 hours and 42 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 5 cups
For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.
Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.
And Owen has some catching up to do.
Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki - or merely a pain in the arse.
But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.
As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.
Shattered by Kevin Hearne is the seventh novel in the Druid Chronicles. I am continuing my audiobook binge thanks to the brilliant narration delivered by Luke Daniels. In Shattered, a new character, Owen Kennedy added terrific humor and banter. Of course, there is also plenty of danger and heart-pounding action.
The Iron Druid series is brilliant, well-paced, hilarious and utterly addictive. Atticus is a two-thousand-year-old Druid is tasked with helping Owen Kennedy his long-ago teacher acclimate to this modern world.All while dealing with some pesky vampires. Granuaile is now a full-fledged druid and the first new one in centuries and will face down a demon.
Hearne tells the story using three POV’s delivered from Atticus, Granuaile, and Owen. While I enjoyed each storyline, Shattered, almost felt like three separate novellas. The transitions from POV to POV weren’t quite as smooth as I would have liked, perhaps choppy is a better word.
Hearne brings us Yeti, flying foxes and hilarious moments in Shattered. For the first time, Granuaile is not by Atticus’s side. Instead, she has Orliath, her trusted wolfhound with her. She is dealing with her own issues and facing down a demon in India. Her thread was intense, filled with sacrifice, pain, and danger. Granuaile for the first time annoyed me a little. I love our kickass druid, but it is quite clear she has some issues with her past.
Archdruid Owen’s thread was hilarious as Atticus acclimates him to our present-day world. From the immortal tea scene to meeting the werewolves I laughed until there were tears. I loved the humor and seeing Owen adjust. Some of his comments were so truthful I burst out laughing. It was delightful seeing student and teacher together especially since their roles are reversed.
Meanwhile, Atticus is busy helping Owen but also searching to find out who amongst the Tuatha De Danann are plotting against him. This thread brings us answers, danger and upheaval.
While we didn’t get as much of Oberon’s voice as I would have liked, time spent with him and Orliath were humorous as we watched their friendship bloom and were treated to gravy talk.
I recommend that you listen to the Iron Druid Chronicles. Luke Daniels is brilliant in both his execution and voices for these characters. I loved his interpretation of Owen and Orliath.
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I’m happy you’re continuing to enjoy this series, Kimberly!
I have devoured them all and I am just waiting on the final audio 🙁
oh this series this series! This series! I can TELL this is going to be like “The Others” where I AM SO excited about it that I also so get intimidated and procrastinate reading it forever because I’m worried I won’t like it??? SMH! LOL
YES…exactly that book high Daniela!
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
I am happy to hear that you are still enjoying this series as much as you are. I do love Luke Daniels and am looking forward to seeing how he does with this series.
I am excited to see if you love the series as much as I do 🙂
I find books where the characters all split off in their own directions hard to focus on so I guess its good that this one comes later in the series. The two dogs talking sounds like a riot.
Since we are deep into the series it works.
WOW, you are on #7. Nice. I just got the first to start the series. I hope I love it as much as you do. It will be interesting for me to see if I do. Great review.
Nope. Actually, I listened to them all including novellas and I am sitting here waiting for the last one!
Awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed them!
“Atticus O’Sullivan” — I love that name!
I do too 🙂
Tyler H. Jolley
I love the option of binging a series. But i’m still terrible about putting off the last book when I don’t want it to end. Thanks for the audio sample. Happy reading/listening, Kimba!
I will pounce on it as soon as its available lol.
Jessica @ a GREAT read
And this is where I am with the series! Pretty much when the books went hardcover I fell behind…though I kept buying them! So I still need to read this one! Thankfully I am not too far behind since book 9 comes out shortly! Then it’s just a matter of getting to them all! Great review! Cannot wait to dive back into this series!
Happy reading Jessica. I have listened to everything and cannot wait for the final book
I haven’t read anything with druids in quite a while.
I love the mythology and humor.
Okay, okay, after I read Rebel of the Sands which will be after Nevernight, I will read Hounded. Hold me to it!
Wahoo!! Although I think you should listen while you craft 🙂
I wish I could but my library doesn’t have the audiobook.
And thanks for the sock love! I plan on asking for another HP inspired colorway this Christmas.
Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
Don’t you love totally bingeing a series and immersing yourself in the world. I love that. Was bingeing the Seven series by Dannika Dark until I got Gaslight. Now I have to listen to it before I go back to Seven. My God I love Christian Poe
Years ago I binged book series all the time, then stopped because I burned out, but audios are SOOO different. I had to stop every dang thing to listen to Gaslight too! Psst Poe is mine..all mine!
Going to have to try book 1 on audiobook. They don’t have it in my library so audiable it is
Wow, most libraries carry it. But I am glad you are going for it!
I don’t see very many books about Druids. This does sound like a good series to get into.
I hope you grab them, Sherry!
Why oh why oh why must you keep tempting me with these awesome stories? ☺
It is my mission to get everyone to fall in love with this series *winks*
Jenea’s Book Onsession
Demons, flying foxes and druids! Yes, please! So glad you are enjoying the series. 🙂
Thanks, Jenea. So sad the final book releases this spring.
I’m glad you are still loving this series. You definitely have me convinced to check these out.
That makes me happy to hear 🙂
Yes you have convinced me to put this on my list. I was kind of shocked to see a 4 review in a steady stream of 5s.
It is worthy of the bookshelf but did feel like 3 separate stories.
that’s great that you can read the books the ones after the others. I know I keep saying that but I really need to read book 1; mainly as I have it!
I was sick in bed back in January when I listened to these, one after the other…lol
I just picked up the Harry Dresden series but you are seriously making me want to put it down and pick this one back up!
Do you know I own that and have never read it AND I am exploring audio instead (hehe)
Druids!! What a great premise for a series and seven books, it looks like I could have a great audio book binge with these books! Thanks for sharing.
Yes, and the last one arrives this spring.