For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.
This is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series and I have no idea why there is such a time gap between books. Of course, I always think that as soon as I finish a book in a series I love. *sigh* I’ve been a fan of mythology since I was a young reader and the Iron Druid Chronicles brings all that back. I love the adventure, the twists and turns and the characters – both good and bad. What I don’t expect when I read a book in this series is a lot of emotion and I most certainly don’t expect there to be tears, but… well, I can’t tell you why there were tears, just that they caught me off guard. And though I adore these characters, I don’t expect them to reduce me to tears, but they did and… just be forewarned…
One of the things that I really liked about Hunted was getting to know Granueaile just a little bit better. Although they’ve been close for a while, Atticus, Granueaile and Oberon seemed even more like “family” than they have in the past books.
As much as I love Oberon and Granuaile, I have to admit that Oberon is the character that keeps me coming back. Okay, so I’m kidding (maybe just a little) but he is so much more than a dog in the Iron Druid Chronicles and if you’ve read any of these books, you know exactly what I’m talking about. He’s witty, ridiculous, adorable and just about the coolest dog ever written into any series. Passages like this are just one example:
I (Atticus) said to Granuaile, “We may have a faery tail.”
<Yeah! This is the kind of faery tale with children who wander off and get in trouble in the forest. Usually they die because they don’t have a wolfhound along – or parents. You ever notice the rampant child neglect going on in faery tales?>
“No, Oberon, I said we might have a faery tail, as in a faery who is tailing us.”
My hound whined. <English is stupid sometimes.>
I mean really, he has a point, doesn’t he? 😀
Hunted is book 6 in the series, which means I only have 3 books to go before I reach the finale. Next is Shattered, which I happen to have two copies of. (Don’t ask… when you read as much as I do, it’s hard to keep track.) Maybe I’ll find a way to share that one with a lucky reader. 😉