by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #9
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 8 hours and 57 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration Rating: 5
Kevin Hearne creates the ultimate Atticus O’Sullivan adventure in the grand finale of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles: an epic battle royale against the Norse gods of Asgard.
Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, a.k.a. the Apocalypse, upon the earth. They’ve made allies on the darker side of many pantheons, and there’s a globe-spanning battle brewing that ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan will be hard-pressed to survive, much less win.
Granuaile MacTiernan must join immortals Sun Wukong and Erlang Shen in a fight against the Yama Kings in Taiwan, but she discovers that the stakes are much higher than she thought.
Meanwhile, Archdruid Owen Kennedy must put out both literal and metaphorical fires from Bavaria to Peru to keep the world safe for his apprentices and the future of Druidry.
And Atticus recruits the aid of a tyromancer, an Indian witch, and a trickster god in hopes that they’ll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. There is a hound named Oberon who deserves a snack, after all.
I devoured Scourged by Kevin Hearne, the ninth and final book in the Iron Druid Chronicles within the first 24 hours of its release. Once again, I listened to the brilliant narrations of Luke Daniels. Then, I listened again. As much as I am not ready to say goodbye to this series, Hearne delivered an intense, twisted and heartfelt finale that still left the door open for more stories. (Please let there be more stories.)
The audio opens with a recap of the series delivered by Oberon and gads Luke Daniels is such a gifted narrator. The story picks up right after events in Besieged and is broken up into three narratives as Atticus, Granuaile, and Owen each face battles during Ragnarok. A prophesied apocalypse in which the Earth burns. The chapters are short and fast-paced as we spend time with each.
- Granuaile is sent to Taiwan to fight against the Yama Kings alongside immortals Sun Wukong and Erlang Shen. Before the battle, she gets some training, advice, and tea. I enjoyed the time spent with the immortals but things happen that will alter Granuaile’s course. While I haven’t always been warm and fuzzy towards Granuaile, I understood her motives.
- Owen…OMG, the man is a such a hoot. While Owen certainly faces danger, time spent with him had me laughing aloud. There will be fires, humor and a sloth. The conversation about Jack Shite was brilliant. I want a spin-off series with Owen and I want it now!
- Atticus’s thread is the darkest as he and those who aid him face the Norse gods Loki and Hel, at the heart of Ragnarok. The Gods, the Fae and more gather for the great battle. The battle was intense and we suffer loses. As the series has eluded to it is also time for Atticus to face his reckoning. I held my breath, I shed a tear and hung my head.
Hearne provided us with cameo appearances from characters throughout the series, like Jesus, Coyote, the Morrigan, and the Monkey King. Loose ends like favors owed and more are answered.
Oberon does make an appearance here or there along with Orlaith and Starbuck but none of the Druids took them into battle. However, I loved the little updates about them, the pups and gravy talk. The story comes with three epilogues. Hearne gave us some closure while still leaving the door open to revisit any one of these characters. A brilliant and fitting end to this beloved series.Scourged by Kevin Hearne the final book in the Iron Druid Chronicles delivered cameos, intense battles and twists. #audio #mustlisten Luke Daniels #favorite #narrator Click To Tweet
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