I am an unabashed fantasy geek and once upon a time wished with all my tweenager heart that I could be Druid. Travel the lands adventuring while weilding a magical staff and save the world from evil dominion. And of course talk to trees and earth elementals. Pure escapism fiction. Bring it on.
So this looked right up my alley. I am also a sucker for covers, because sometimes you can totally judge a book by its cover.
Here let me show you:
|Cover courtesy of Kevin Hearne's website. I think you should buy his books.|
Plus there's this:
Atticus O’Sullivan has been running for two thousand years and he’s a bit tired of it. After he stole a magical sword from the Tuatha Dé Danann (those who became the Sidhe or the Fae) in a first century battle, some of them were furious and gave chase, and some were secretly amused that a Druid had the cheek to defy them. As the centuries passed and Atticus remained an annoyingly long-lived fugitive, those who were furious only grew more so, while others began to aid him in secret. Now he’s living in Tempe, Arizona, the very last of the Druids, far from where the Fae can easily find him. It’s a place where many paranormals have decided to hide from the troubles of the Old World—from an Icelandic vampire holding a grudge against Thor to a coven of Polish witches who ran from the German BlitzkriegUnfortunately, the very angry Celtic god who wants that sword has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power, plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good, old-fashioned luck of the Irish to kick some arse and deliver himself from evil.
Atticus is a smart long-lived Druid making his way in today's world. He loves his rare book/tea shop and his dog Oberon, who has a smart mouth and a liking for French Poodles and sausage. Atticus has a fondness for his whiskey tibbling senior neighbor whom he looks after to keep safe.
Mr. Hearne has crafted a fun series with likeable characters, entertaining adventures, interesting conflicts and fast paced action. I immediately went out and got the next three audiobooks in the series. I passed these onto my son because I knew he would enjoy Atticus and friends. He devoured the stories and we're both waiting impatiently for book five, Trapped, to arrive.
The Iron Druid Chronicle books - Hounded, Hexed, Hammered, Tricked - are sit back and enjoy romps. Mr. Hearne tells a great story and makes me wish that I could sit and have a few beers with Atticus to hear his tales. And of course bring some sausage for Oberon.
We've since introduced these books to a number of Ace's friends and I think they're currently making their rounds on the Rowan Univeristy campus since one of his friends took the books with him to college.
After passing my audiobooks onto my sister, she would randomly text me quotes she found particularly amusing. Most of the them were from Oberon but she's partial to big goofy dogs.