Early Review: Hunted by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles #6)
June 25 2013
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Atticus O’Sullivan
From Goodreads –
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.
Hunted is the sixth book in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles series. I love this series. It is not like anything else I read. It’s not a romance book per se but there is (now) a central relationship that would keep you romance book lovers satisfied. My favorite part of this series are the characters. And how clever and smart the dialogue is. And how it features every mythology ever. Seriously, name the mythology and it’s in here with a neat twist or two to make it fresh and modern. And if it has not been featured yet, you can bet that Kevin has plans for it. It is an imaginative series that leaves me amazed by the end of each intstallment. I truly think Kevin is an incredible writer.
As you can tell by the title, the story in this book is Atticus, a Druid, is being hunted by Artemis and Diana, goddesses of the hunt. They are taking something Atticus did a little too personally and are now out to kill him. But they are not the only ones who want him gone so the goddesses are getting a bit of help. Basically, to stay safe, Atticus has to run across Europe. Literally run.
As a proof of Kevin’s talent, he had me tearing up by page six. PAGE SIX! And thanks to the event that takes place in that teary-eyed scene, Hunted takes on a slightly more somber tone than the previous books in the series. There is still proof of Atticus’ wit here and there and yes, Oberon has some cute lines as well but not quite as many as usual. Kevin also had me tearing up later on in the book and it’s something Oberon says that got to me that time. Yes, Oberon brought tears to my eyes! Really, this was a slightly different book for this series and I’m curious to see what tone the next book will take. I’m not opposed to how this book felt but personally, I prefer the feel of the other books.
I must admit that as much as I like this series, Hunted was not my favorite book. It took me a while to figure out why though. As I mentioned above, almost the entire book is about Atticus and friends being chased across Europe. As you can imagine, this book is not slowly paced and we do revisit many of our favorite characters from past installments. So why did I not click with this particular book as much as the others? After much thought, it finally hit me: it’s the chase! In the last few books, Atticus has been running from one thing or another. That was a subplot in the books and I was starting to feel frustrated by how many people wanted him dead! The poor guy couldn’t even sit down somewhere without beign warned of this or attacked by that. This latest book is all about him running. It’s not just a subplot – it’s the whole plot! Where this book left off gives me hope that things will be a little more chill in the next book, which makes me happy.
Overall, even though this was not my most favorite installment to date, it was still an entertaining read that fans of the series must pick up. There are some pretty important events that take place that will definitely come into play in the following books. And the surprise at the end of the book!…I can’t wait to see what that’s all about. Many things will surprise you while reading this. That I guarantee.
Books in the Iron Druid Chronicles series –
Shattered (date tba and it’s going to be hardcover!)