Ready for some fangirling Squee-fest? Iron Druid style

March 8, 2015 Guest Post 3

 I hope you guys are ready for an IRON DRUID CHRONICLES SQUEEFEST! I personally (Tabitha) have only read the first book on audio but I definitely plan to continue to catch up this year. Jessie – blogger over at Jessie Reads Everything was lovely enough to guest post for me today and squee about her love for the Iron Druid Chronicles.

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When Tabitha asked me to write this post, I immediately accepted with something along the lines of an all-caps “ZOMG! YES!” The Iron Druid Chronicles is one of my all-time favorite series and I will take every opportunity given to me to gush about it! Maybe I should apologize now for the excessive use of exclamation points that will be in this post…

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I’m one of those fangirls who buys every version of the book and pays to go to a convention just to meet that one author. Yes. I bought a ticket to Chicago’s C2E2 just to see Kevin Hearne and I am not ashamed of it! I couldn’t pass it up! It’s the closest he’s ever come to anywhere I’ve lived since I first read the series! I’m happy to report that he is just as awesome in person as he is on the interwebs! It was amazing meeting him! Although, I probably made an interesting first impression when outsmarted him and several other authors that included Patrick Rothfuss at the Geek Geek Revolution Panel, but that’s a story for another time.

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I have always been intrigued Celtic legends and druids. So I was exceedingly happy when I discovered that there was not just one book but a whole urban fantasy series that combined the two. Add in the absolutely gorgeous cover art and you can just take my money.

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Hounded is the first book in the series and it revolves around the shenanigans of Atticus O’Sullivan, a 2100-year old druid hiding out in present day Tempe, Arizona. There is a diverse cast of characters and creatures, but the most endearing of these is Atticus’s Irish wolfhound, Oberon. Oberon wins all the awards for best animal companion in a series ever! (He even has his own Twitter run by Kevin!) Atticus and Oberon are able to communicate mentally which often results in some very hilarious dialogue between the two. They are urban fantasy’s Shaggy and Scooby Doo but without the Scooby Snacks and with both having quite a bit more courage.

The Iron Druid Chronicles gets its name from the iron amulet that Atticus has crafted over the centuries and bound to his aura.  It serves as a ward against any hostile magic directed at him.  It also has a number of charms that prove to be very useful through out the series.

I found this series about six months before the sixth book, Hunted, was released and I read the first five books in less than three days. I literally could not quit reading. I finished the recently released seventh book, Shattered, last week and Holy Hell! That book is a trip! I finished it and wandered aimlessly between my bookshelves for a half an hour trying to decide what to read next before giving up and rereading the last few chapters again. Thank you for the major book hangover, Mr. Hearne.

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The mythology in this series is amazing. Kevin Hearne doesn’t just bring in the Celtic mythos but several others ranging from the Greek to the Navajo to the Norse. Do you know of any other series where within the space of a couple books you can meet Jesus, Coyote, Thor, and The Morrigan? Each book is a breath of fresh air. If that wasn’t amazing enough, the dialogue is amazing and hilarious. It’s peppered with pop culture and literary references galore! Seriously. Prepare yourself to laugh out loud multiple times. Atticus’ dry humor and combined with Oberon’s zaniness, and you have the perfect recipe for sore sides.

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If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I strongly urge you to do so. It does not disappoint! Seven out of the nine books in the series are out and it has never been a better time to start.

Hounded Hexed Hammered Tricked Trapped Hunted  Shattered

Favorite Quotes:

“She’s kind of like a Mary Poppins just before she turns to the dark side of the Force,” Oberon said. He was still behind the counter, but he had a good look at her as she exited. “Let go of your anger, Malina! There’s still good in you! The Emperor hasn’t driven it from you fully!”
Kevin Hearne, Hounded

“Monty Python is like catnip for nerds. Once you get them started quoting it, they are constitutionally incapable of feeling depressed.”
Kevin Hearne, Hounded

“Douglas Adams was right: There is nothing so massively useful in the universe as a towel.”
Kevin Hearne, Hexed

“You killed my father,” he snorted in a basso profundo rumble. “Prepare to die!”

 “Inigo Montoya? Is that you?”
Kevin Hearne, Hexed

“When in doubt, blame the dark elves.”
Kevin Hearne, Hammered

“I’ve been meaning to ask you about that, “ she said, “so thanks for bringing it up. Why do you have a sword?”

In case of the zombie apocalypse. You never run out of ammo with a sword.”
Kevin Hearne, Tricked

 “Lie down and offer your throat. No, wait, that’s how dogs submit. I know! Give her your wallet!”
Kevin Hearne, Trapped

“Druid log July 15: Dark elves are not only quick and efficient killers, but creative and pyrotechnically inclined ones.”
Kevin Hearne, Trapped

“I knew it. If you give a witch a cookie, she’s going to ask you for a glass of milk.”
Kevin Hearne, Hunted

“Oberon perked up, “Awesome! I’ve never seen a base model elf before! But they come with bonus dudes?”
Kevin Hearne, Hunted

“It’s not polite to ask if a man has a big salami in his pants, okay?” (Atticus to Oberon if you need some context.)
Kevin Hearne, Shattered

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About Jessie from Jessie Reads Everything

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I’m a twenty-something PhD grad student and professional book hoarder with a severe nachos and diet mountain dew addiction. When I’m not working on my dissertation research, I can be found with my face in a book. When it comes to the books I read, I subscribe to the “I live in the real world, I don’t want to read about it” ideology and read mostly fantasy books. I have just started branching into YA and NA contemporary fiction. I’m a member of Nerdfighteria and card carrying fan of Booktube. I have a legit fear that my bedside TBR pile will fall on me in my sleep.

I’m also a co-blogger over at the mostly YA blog, Spines and Covers, where I post on Mondays and Thursdays and participate in the Top Ten Tuesday meme. I also blog over at the paranormal/fantasy blog, Goldilox and the Three Weres, one to two days a week under the pseudonym Rose Red.

Guest Reader

Guest Reader

This is one of our wonderful Guest Readers. Tabitha couldn't squeeze the book into her schedule so passed the book along to this ravenous reader so they could gobble it up and review it for Not Yet Read.
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3 Responses to “Ready for some fangirling Squee-fest? Iron Druid style”

  1. Lynn

    I think I’ve read the first four and need to play catch up. I do love the humour in these books and the constant referencing to other things such as in the quotes above. Plus Oberon is ‘it’!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Lynn 😀
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  2. Lege

    Squee! 😀

    I am a huge Oberon fan.
    Yet another great series I am behind with. (-_-)
    Great post, Jessie! 🙂