Shattered by Kevin Hearne
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
Date Read: June 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Acclaimed author Kevin Hearne makes his hardcover debut with the new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O’Sullivan.
For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.
Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.
And Owen has some catching up to do.
Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.
But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.
As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time . . . three’s a charm.
Publisher: Del Rey, Random House Audio
Also by this author: CarniePunk, Hunted br> br>
Listened for Review (Random House Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Shattered by Kevin Hearne was entertaining but a bit too busy!
Story Thoughts: I felt like Shattered was 3 books in one: Granuaile, Atticus, and Owen. I really enjoyed Owen and Atticus adventures (apart and together). I wish Granuaile would get her own series because I like it when she is on her own. However, with all 3 it felt like too much going on. I still don’t like the “romance” between her and Atticus. I just don’t feel a connection there and every time it is brought up by either I kind of cringe (especially that one part where a certain word was mentioned). I think they are two different personalities that I have a hard time imagining together-forever. I like them individually but not together. Owen was a cool addition and is a great grumpy old man. I laughed out loud a lot when he was on the page! As always Atticus is in the middle of a whole lot of trouble and has some very out-of-the-box ways of getting out of trouble. I also felt like the overall story arch moved forward more in this than in the last installment so that was nice. Even with my issues, this was an entertaining listen.
Character Thoughts: Kevin Hearne writes really entertaining characters. I know Oberon is everyone’s favorite. I have to agree that he is a big reason these books are as big a hit as they are. I loved the edition of Owen. I know some people found him annoying but I liked him. He is kind of the Oscar the Grouch of the Iron Druids. I liked Granuaile more in this book (mostly because she was on her own adventure). Atticus is his normal crazy self. That boy gets himself in more trouble than anyone I know. It was nice seeing Jesus again too 🙂 TEQUILA!
Narrated by: Luke Daniels/Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
Knocked it out of the park once again! Seriously this series is a must listen!
Final Thoughts: Entertaining as always!