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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
“You killed my father,” he snorted in a basso profundo rumble. “Prepare to die!”
“I’ve been meaning to ask you about that, “ she said, “so thanks for bringing it up. Why do you have a sword?”
About Jessie from Jessie Reads Everything
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.
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