by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, #0.6,
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 1 hour and 24 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 5 cups
Two Iron Druid short stories, previously available only in limited release, have now been revised and made available worldwide!
"Kaibab Unbound" occurs just a couple of weeks before the events of HOUNDED, book one of the series. Before Atticus gets drawn into the battles of gods and monsters, he has to protect one of the earth's elementals from an accomplished coven that wants to steal its power for their own.
The events of "A Test of Mettle" happen concurrently with book 3 of the series, HAMMERED, as Granuaile MacTiernan and Oberon discover that Atticus doesn't have the final say over who can become a Druid's apprentice.
These stories serve both as an introduction to the New York Times bestselling series and as exciting background for longtime fans.
I grabbed Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne in my quest to listen to EVERY DANG THING in the Iron Druid Chronicles. Those who remember I was deathly ill in January and over the course of twelve days devoured the series, novellas, and spinoffs on audio. Short or long Hearne knows how to spin a tale and I cannot get enough of this world and its characters.
- Kaibab Unbound – This short takes place before, Hounded, book one of the Iron Druid Chronicles. Oberon and Atticus O’Sullivan are enjoying a run in the woods when an Elemental calls out for Atticus’s help. What he finds is a coven of witches determined to steal the Elemental’s power for their own. The tale showcases Atticus’s wit, strengths, abilities, and snark. While Oberon is absent from the battle that ensues, his humor and bubbling logic shine. 3 cups
- A Test of Mettle – Events in A Test of Mettle happen concurrently with Hammered, book three in the series. It is important to note, that this can be read for free on Kevin Hearne’s website, but I was delighted to see Luke Daniels narrate the tale. At the time of this story, Atticus is in Asgard. The story focuses on Granuaile MacTiernan who is training to become a druid and tasked to clean a river by Sonora, the desert elemental. Oberon is with her, and both are shocked to learn Atticus doesn’t get the final say on who becomes a druid. Granuaile is tested when she is attacked by the animals under the influence of Flidais, the goddess of the hunt. This was a hard lesson and test for Granuaile and one I found most interesting. It also shares a darker thread, Granuaile’s obsession with punishing her stepfather. 4 cups
The purchase of the audio was an indulgence on my part. I could have simply read the free short or picked up the novella for 99 cents, but instead dropped five bucks just to listen to Luke Daniels tell the tales. He is simply brilliant and it was well worth the coin. I regret nothing!
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