Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #8) by Kevin Hearne
The New York Times-bestselling author returns with another installment in the wildly popular Iron Druid Chronicles—a fantasy adventure that’s Harry Dresden meets American Gods.
This hilarious and action-packed urban fantasy series is set in a modern world in which all the gods of every pantheon are alive and well, as in American Gods; its hero is a smart-mouthed, butt kicking magician, like Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden. But it’s told in a smart, witty, unforgettable voice that’s all Kevin Hearne—a star in the fantasy world. This addictive and wildly imaginative series stars hero Atticus O’Sullivan: a handsome, tattooed Irishman who looks like a young rock star, but is in actuality a 2,000-year-old Druid with extraordinary magic powers. In Staked, Atticus has his final confrontation with the clan of vampires who have been bent on destroying him—including Leif, his former best friend and now enemy.
Staked continues finding Atticus in danger. Atticus, Owen, and Granuaile are on individual journeys and the chapters skip among the three. It is not until the end of the book that all three come together. As you might expect from the title, Staked, when they all get together it is to fight vampires.
The vampires are still trying to rid the world of Druids and Atticus is fighting back. Loki has his mark on Granuaile and she is working to get if off and find a way to block her presence from other of the magical world. Owen is trying to adjust to the modern world and start a new Grove of Druids. The fight with the vampires impact all three.
I enjoyed seeing more of Owen and Granuaile. As usual both Oberon and Orlaith (Owen and Granuaile’s dogs) add humor to the story. Look for a big change for the two. The story moved at a brisk pace. There were surprises and some unexpected deaths. All this leads to changes for Atticus and friends.
Staked is a nice addition to the Iron Druid series. Be warned that there is a novella, A Prelude to War that fits between Shattered and Staked. It was published in a ebook mini-anthology, Three Slices. As a result Staked does not start where you might expect.
Del Rey published Staked by Kevin Hearne in 2016.
I received an ARC of Staked from Amazon Vine in return for an honest review.