Staked by Kevin Hearne

March 16th, 2018 Kimberly Review 20 Comments

16th Mar
Staked by Kevin Hearne
by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #8
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 11 hours and 21 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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Narration: 5 cups

When a druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

As always, Atticus wouldn't mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it's not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki's mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.

As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won't come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

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My audio binge continues with Staked by Kevin Hearne the eighth novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles. This is the most current novel in the series, excluding the novellas and will leave me waiting for the final book in this series.

Staked was action-packed, and shared events from the past as our characters dealt with trolls, witches, vampires and more.

Once again we a treated to three POVs and three storylines but unlike Shattered these work seamlessly.

Atticus has issues with the vampires and their leader Theophilus. Enough is enough and its time to take a stand. To do this, he will face danger, severe ties, suffer loss and will end up carrying guilt but with a price on the druid’s heads, Atticus is determined to be the victor. This thread has him reconnecting with characters from previous books as he does quite a bit of traveling in his quest. The Hammers of God was an interesting thread and I loved how Hearne brought them back in and feed my quest for knowledge regarding them.  The Dark Elves also made an appearance and continue to fascinate me.

After Granuaile ‘s experiences in India, she is determined to be free of the mark, the Norse God Loki set upon her.  To do this she enlists the help of the gods and the witches in Poland. This was an intense thread that has her facing several Slavic nightmares. She also continued her quest regarding her stepfather. I like Granuaile but I would be lying if I didn’t say that her POV sometimes grates on my nerves. She is passionate but also youthful in her reactions.

The third POV is Owen, who has decided to teach again and is spending time with a certain werewolf and her clan. In Staked, Owen has a wee bit of trouble with trolls. This thread was intense, heartbreaking and tied to the overall series ARC as Owen makes a startling discovery concerning an enemy.

Oberon and Orliath were present and added humor, emotion, and talks of food to the story. While I enjoy Orilath, but Oberon continues to steal the show. One of my favorite side stories in Staked had to do with a ghost and I enjoyed how Hearne both shared events from Atticus’s past and addressed ghostly entities.

The stories eventually wove together when Atticus and the other druids join him in Rome as he takes on Theophilus. These final scenes were intense and had me sitting up straight and listening intensely.

Luke Daniels continues to narrate the series and I think he will be as sad as I will be when the final novel releases. Thankfully, he narrates Hearne’s new series and many other titles.

Loss, threats, closure to arc threads and a build up to what is still to come made Staked an addictive addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles. Non-stop action, humor and Atticus’s charm *winks* had me devouring Staked in a single day.

Loss, threats, closure to arc threads and a build up to what is still to come made Staked an addictive addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. #loveaudiobooks #LukeDaniels Click To Tweet
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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

20 Responses to “Staked by Kevin Hearne”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    A 5 cup rating? Wow! You have me so excited to start this series (thanks for sharing the narration snippet for Shattered) because the stories and characters sound so well done and LDaniels kinda reminds me of Robert Petkoff and I adore his narration. 🙂 I’m sorry you have to wait for the next book now…as Tom Petty said, “The waiting is the hardest part” 😉

  2. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I just cannot wait to get started on this series, Kim. I finally got all the audiobooks with Luke as the narrator – through a lot of hard work on my part – but first, I’m finishing the Illuminae Files series on audio. It’s SO good 🙂

    • Kimberly

      I love the Illuminae Files series and got the last book this week, but I am savoring it for after Take Control.

  3. Andreea

    This is such a long series but that doesn’t matter when you enjoy it so much!
    I might try the first book in the series, although I rarely read series (and finish them even rarely).

  4. Lindsi

    This sounds interesting and a little intense! It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book with druids (especially one where they play a large role), and forever since I’ve read something with vampires. I might have to look into this audiobook!

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  5. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    Love your click to tweet quote!! And this series sounds so good… I’ve vaguely hard of the Iron Druid series but didn’t realize they’d sound this fun and you can’t beat a well narrated series!! Great review.

  6. Heidi

    Now you have caught up, that was a lot of binge listening. I finished this one feeling anxious as to what is going to come. I am so worried.

  7. Lily

    aww you are really flying through these, sorry to hear it’s about to wrap up. The audiobook sounds so good

  8. Cindy

    I get sad when a beloved series ends as well. i am so happy that you are enjoying these books so much. Great review Kimberly!

  9. Silvia

    This series sounds SO good! I can’t wait for you to listen to the final novel 😀 In the meantime, I’ll be sure to check the previous instalments!