This is the second book in The Iron Druid Chronicles by Hearne. The third book Hammered released earlier this week. I listened to this on audio book and the audio book was extremely well done. I really enjoyed this story and am so excited that this book was just as good as (if not better) than the first book.
Atticus would just like to get back to healing the land that was damaged in the first book, Hounded, but it is not to be. He is attacked by witches but it is not the coven he is used too; some evil witches have comes to town and they want Atticus dead. Before hunting witches though Atticus has to sign a treaty with the local coven, then hunt random demons attacking the populace. Of course a druid's work is never done and now he has some crazy Maenads to take care of too.
This book was awesome! It is hilarious, very well written, has a great plot that weaves together a lot of different story elements, and was very hard to put down. This is one of those rare urban fantasies that balances character development, action, plot, and world-building just perfectly. Oberon, as Atticus's hound, continues to be an excellent character.
It was great to meet the good witches in more detail and to spend more time with Atticus's apprentice. I really enjoy how many mythologies and religions are woven into this story. The repercussions of the last book aren't the main focus of this story but they continue to be a part of the story and some of the things that result are interesting to say the least.
Things are wrapped up nicely in this book but you can tell that all of this is building to a confrontation between Atticus and Thor which makes me really really want to read the next book Hammered ASAP. I already downloaded the audio book, so now I just need time to start reading it!
Overall just a wonderful addition to what is shaping up to be a spectacular series. If you are a fan of The Dresden Files, Kate Daniels, or any other urban fantasy laced with humor you have got to check this series out! I can't wait to read future books in this series :-)
I've never read a book that is so well-balanced as this one--well, the whole series, actually. It is:
funny as all get-out!! (I convinced my husband to read the series too, but he refused to start until I finished the 2nd book, to make sure it stayed awesome, and it did, but I can't keep from telling him the funny parts, he's so mad, lol!!) (even now, the words "Thor," gravy" or "goatf*cker" send me into side-splitting uncontrollable bouts of laughter)
great battle scenes
has it all: vampires, werewolves, ghouls, gods, godesses, elementals, intelligent animals, witches, demons, fallen angels, fae, Kabbalah...you want it, it's in there! (And if you're fed up or tired of any of these--you should still read this because it's DIFFERENT, I promise! This is NOT a series trying to imitate a different one, or trying to ride on another one's coattails.
proper momentum--there's a sense of urgency in book 2, which is how it should be, since usually book 2 is kind of boring due to world-building and setting the scene for upcoming books
It all adds up to this: You do not want to miss this series! You should not miss this series! I can't wait for more from this author!!
Book 4 is Tricked, out in April 2012.
I enjoyed this one even more than the first book. The jokes are better and the plot is more structured. This is a series I'll be continuing.
Excellent! I enjoy everything about Atticus and his life in Tempe. This time around he is called upon to help a local coven of witches defeat evil foes, disband a group of Bacchants and assist Coyote with taking down a fallen angel. Oberon remains one of my all time favorite dogs! 4.5 stars