Review: Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druin Chronicles #0.4)
May 7 2013
Yummy Man – Atticus O’Sullivan
From Goodreads –
When he’s not vanquishing villainous gods or dodging demons, two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan can be found behind the counter of Third Eye Books and Herbs in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, literally minding his own business. But when an evil sorcerer—and amateur shoplifter—snatches an ancient Egyptian tome of black magic, The Grimoire of the Lamb, Atticus is not sheepish about pursuing him to the ends of the earth . . . or at least to the Land of the Pharaohs.
Unfortunately, Atticus already has enemies in Egypt—including cat goddess Bast, who wants her own book of mischief back from the Druid. In the streets of Cairo, she sends a feline phalanx after Atticus and his Irish wolfhound, Oberon. With fur still flying, Atticus must locate the sorcerer’s secret lair—where he will face killer crocodiles, spooky sarcophagi, and an ancient evil Egyptian who’s determined to order the sacrificial lamb special tonight.
It is always nice to read a new story featuring one of my favorite male protagonists, Atticus. Atticus is at the heart of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles series and he always manages to put a smile on my face. He’s just so clever! Grimoire of the Lamb is a quick novella that takes place four years before the first full book (it’s listed at #0.4). So that means no Granuaile. There really aren’t many of the characters we have grown to love in the full series; just Atticus and Oberon. And is there anything wrong with that, really?
The story in Grimoire of the Lamb is pretty simple. Atticus has a book. Egyptian magic man, Nkosi Elkhashab, wants the book. Atticus won’t give him the book so dude steals the book. Atticus isn’t too happy about that so he goes to Egypt to chase dude and get the book back. And probably kill the dude in the process because dude is a real nasty piece of work.
Don’t fret though. Even though there isn’t too much to the story it still packs quite the punch. There’s almost a suspenseful undertone to it, as you watch Atticus attempt to find the dude then enter his home undetected. And let’s not forget when Atticus and Oberon are trying to get away from all those cats! There is a brief scene with an Egyptian goddess that will sort of creep you out. Just imagine how quiet cats are and now imagine thousands of quiet cats, some will little bells on their collars, chasing you. That scene was well written and it eeked me out lol.
Speaking of eeked out, there are a few scenes that actually had my sporting my “oh, EW!” face. And when you think things are done for Atticus and he can pack up and go home…well let’s just say they aren’t and he can’t. And the last twist took me by surprise. I always enjoy Kevin’s spin on the many deities of the world and his take on the Egyptian gods/goddesses was no exception. Very interesting stuff.
You could read this novella without having read the books but of course you won’t get quite as much out of it as if you’ve read the novels beforehand. But if you are looking for something to read in this series to see if you would click with the author’s voice, Grimoire of the Lamb may be a good place to start. Overall, this may not have been my favorite novella in the series but it was still a solid read. Any story with Atticus is worth reading in my opinion and this one will keep me going until June 25th when Hunted hits shelves.
Giggle worthy quote
“Damn all hieroglyphics for making the ancient Egyptians look cool. Those old gods were best left in oblivion: you’d think the fact that they appeared most often on tombs would be a big hint that they weren’t friendly.”