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Friday, April 4, 2014

31) Hunted by Kevin Hearne

The Blurb :

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.

My Thoughts :

Six books in and the story never ever gets boring.  This installment is the most dangerous and thrilling roller coaster ride and there are things that happen in Hunted that are complete game changers.  Right up to the very end of this book I just kept being shocked and amazed.  Death, pandemonium and additions to the druid family make this one more than a good read.  It was fantastic.

One of the highlights in this book is Granuaile taking over as narrator in a few chapters.  I hope this will become a regular occurrence because it is really nice to get a woman's perspective on things.  Also she is just an amazing character who has a huge part in the plot and needs to be heard.

The trek through Europe made things interesting.  Although at times I was eager for the party to take a break and just go solve a small minor problem somewhere without all the hassle.  It doesn't look like things will be settling down anytime soon but I hope that the additions to the family make things go a little slower and give Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon a chance to take a break.  It wasn't easy going for the druids, Oberon or the reader.  It was long but it certainly didn't get boring along the way.  Maybe just a little annoying.  The constant attacks, fighting and problems were something I was happy to see the back of.

I have to admit that sometimes there was so much to take in that I often found myself a little confused.  So many players and too many angles to look at made me want to take a break halfway through the book.  However I found that if I kept going it all made more sense as the story proceeded.  Atticus manages to Keep track of everything and has a knack for giving more information when it is needed.  Once you trust him to not leave you hanging high and dry you can keep up with his spectacular life.

Now I am all caught up with the series I now have to wait for the next installment.  This hasn't been the case so far because I didn't start this series that long ago.  Luckily I only have to wait till June and will definitely be pre-ordering the audio book when it is available.  The narrator is wonderful and does some amazing voices to fit the characters.  I don't think I could read this series now that I have been spoiled by the well made audio versions.

If you haven't tried this series yet then do!  You will kick yourself for not doing so earlier.  I know because I did exactly that!  Make sure you start at the beginning and check out the novellas in between.  Druids have never been cool until now and I am enjoying the journey a lot!  I have said it before and I will say it again....this series Rocks!

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Aurian said...

I thought it fun that he visited my country too, and close to my town :) Glad you enjoyed this latest one too. And now we wait ...

Unknown said...

Vienna was mentioned but not druids to see here :/

Glad to wait right now. After my intense weeks of druidry.