Shattered

Kevin Hearne

Book - 2014

"This hilarious and action-packed urban fantasy series is set in a modern world in which all the gods of every pantheon are alive and well, as in American Gods; its hero is a smart-mouthed, buttkicking magician, like Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden. But it's told in a smart, witty, unforgettable voice that's all Kevin Hearne--a rising star in the fantasy world. This addictive and wildly imaginative series stars hero Atticus O'Sullivan: a handsome, tattooed Irishman who looks... like a young rock star, but is in actuality a 2,000-year-old Druid with extraordinary magic powers. In Shattered, Atticus and his apprentice Granuaile travel to India to battle an ancient plague-summoning demon...and meet an important person from Atticus's past!"--

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Series
Iron Druid chronicles
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Published
New York : Del Rey [2014]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xiii, 332 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780345548481
0345548485
Main Author
Kevin Hearne (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The seventh book in the Iron Druid Chronicles starts with a handy summary of the story so far, allowing the uninitiated reader to jump right in. Atticus O'Sullivan is the last Druid and has survived more than 2,000 years of fighting with gods from every imaginable religious and mythological source. This particular volume is set in the modern world, but one where every pantheon of gods and demons is real—and a potential threat. Atticus has managed to train an apprentice who has now become a full-fledged Druid in her own right, and he has awoken his former teacher, an archdruid from ancient Ireland. The funny, razor-sharp wit that the author uses to bring Atticus to life, and narrate the difficulty that the archdruid has in integrating with the modern world, brings to mind the likes of Spider Robinson's Callahan series and Gordon R. Dickson's Dragon Knight stories. As Atticus is gearing up to fight with Loki, perhaps with the help of the archdruid, his former apprentice is off trying to save her father from a malevolent sorcerer's spirit that has taken up residence in his body. Plenty of action, humor, and mythology keep this book fun and interesting. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

More than 2,000 years of age, Atticus O'Sullivan was accustomed to being the oldest Druid on the planet. The Morrigan (the Irish spirit that escorts the dead) hid Atticus's teacher, Owen, on an island of slow time, and as this seventh volume in the popular urban fantasy series (after 2013's Hunted) opens, Atticus has brought Owen back and is trying to acclimate his mentor to the modern world. He hopes Owen can help him to find out which of the Tuatha de Danaan still wish to kill him, but he has never lacked for enemies. One of these foes might also be behind the plot that lured his apprentice and lover, Granuaile, to India, using her father as bait. VERDICT This darker series entry might suffer a bit from having too many antagonists as well as abundant points of view. The heart of the book remains Atticus and his slightly goofy telepathic wolfhound, Oberon, and while the mix of Irish, Norse, and even Vedic pantheons is intriguing, it leaves the series scattered. [Page 67]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The thing about binding yourself with iron to help keep angry fey off you is that it tends to annoy them even more. Druid and action hero Atticus O'Sullivan seems to have a knack for annoying fey, and a few odd gods and goddesses as well. In this fast moving, kick-ass seventh Iron Druid Chronicles installment (following 2013's Hunted), Atticus is running from a very peeved Loki, while Fand of the Tuatha Dé Danann definitely doesn't like the iron binding. Now that Atticus's apprentice, Granuaile, and his recently reawakened Archdruid are helping him, it appears that the immortals are picking sides. The question is, will those who back Atticus outnumber those who'd like to see him pulverized? Hearne brings plenty of action and entertainment as the intrepid druids hop from Colorado to Japan to Tír na nÓg, rounding up their partisans in preparation for an upcoming epic battle. Agent: Evan Goldfried, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by PW Annex Reviews

The thing about binding yourself with iron to help keep angry fey off you is that it tends to annoy them even more. Druid and action hero Atticus O'Sullivan seems to have a knack for annoying fey, and a few odd gods and goddesses as well. In this fast moving, kick-ass seventh Iron Druid Chronicles installment (following 2013's Hunted), Atticus is running from a very peeved Loki, while Fand of the Tuatha Dé Danann definitely doesn't like the iron binding. Now that Atticus's apprentice, Granuaile, and his recently reawakened Archdruid are helping him, it appears that the immortals are picking sides. The question is, will those who back Atticus outnumber those who'd like to see him pulverized? Hearne brings plenty of action and entertainment as the intrepid druids hop from Colorado to Japan to Tír na nÓg, rounding up their partisans in preparation for an upcoming epic battle. Agent: Evan Goldfried, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"This hilarious and action-packed urban fantasy series is set in a modern world in which all the gods of every pantheon are alive and well, as in American Gods; its hero is a smart-mouthed, buttkicking magician, like Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden. But it'stold in a smart, witty, unforgettable voice that's all Kevin Hearne--a rising star in the fantasy world. This addictive and wildly imaginative series stars hero Atticus O'Sullivan: a handsome, tattooed Irishman who looks like a young rock star, but is inactuality a 2,000-year-old Druid with extraordinary magic powers. In Shattered, Atticus and his apprentice Granuaile travel to India to battle an ancient plague-summoning demon...and meet an important person from Atticus's past!"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A debut hardcover entry in the best-selling urban fantasy series finds snarky magician Atticus O'Sullivan and his apprentice, Granuaile, traveling to India to battle an ancient plague-summoning demon only to encounter a person from Atticus's past. 35,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Snarky magician Atticus O'Sullivan and his apprentice, Granuaile, travel to India to battle an ancient plague-summoning demon, only to encounter a person from Atticus's past.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAcclaimed 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, only one Druid has walked the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been 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.Praise for Shattered“Funny, razor-sharp . . . Plenty of action, humor, and mythology keep this book fun and interesting.”—Booklist(starred review)“Uproariously entertaining in a way that Hearne is uniquely able to achieve . . . [Shattered] has the feeling of a new beginning for its hero and for the series.”—RT Book Reviews“This series just gets bigger and better, and Shattered shows no signs of it slowing down.”—Vampire Book Club“Well and truly awesome.”—Fangs for the Fantasy“So much fun to read!”—Hidden in Pages“[With] clever writing and engrossing story-telling, it’s impossible not to get completely absorbed into the world Kevin [Hearne] has created.”—Yummy Men and Kick Ass ChicksPraise for Kevin Hearne and The Iron Druid Chronicles“Clever, fast paced and a good escape.”—Jason Weisberger, Boing Boing“[Kevin] Hearne is a terrific storyteller with a great snarky wit. . . . Neil Gaiman’sAmerican Gods meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden.”—SFFWorld“Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.”—Kelly Meding, author ofTempest“[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the twenty-first century. . . . A snappy narrative voice.”—Library Journal,on Hounded“Outrageously fun.”—The Plain Dealer, on Hounded“Superb . . . plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review), onHounded