Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles is one of the best things happening not just in the the universe of urban fantasy but in the publishing world today. With the seventh installment, Hearne graduates to hardcover where hopefully he’ll find an even larger audience to appreciate the exploits of Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon.
A quick word of warning, however. If you haven’t read the first six installments in this series, starting here is probably going to be a confusing experience. While Hearne wisely includes a quick refresher on events up until now, it’s no where near as rewarding or as much fun as reading the actual novels themselves. (You will miss out on all the wonderful interaction between Atticus and Oberson, which is among the highlights of the series).
If you’re caught up, odds are you’ve been eagerly awaiting Shattered. The good news is that Hearne has made it worth the wait. Picking up right where Hunted left off, the seventh installment gives us not one but three first-person narrators. As expected, we get chapters told from the viewpoint of Atticus but we also see events unfolding in the eyes of Granuale and the newly brought back to life Owen Kennedy (at least that’s the modern equivalent of his Druid name).
Among the highlights of the latest installment in the series is the introduction of the Yeti and their love of ice hockey, Owen’s attempts to integrate himself into our modern world and, of course, lots of great interaction between Atticus and Oberon. There’s also some moving forward of various plot elements and call backs to the first couple of novels in this series and some interesting ground world put in place for the final several novels in this wonderful series. Hearne’s storytelling assurance continues to grow with each novel and Shattered is among the best this on-going series has offered to date.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was given an ARC of this book as part of the Amazon Vine Program. And, yes, I eagerly snapped it up. If you’re not reading this series yet, you should be.