Hello, fellow bookworms it’s time for another mini-review. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about Scourged by Kevin Hearne. The ninth and final novel in his bestselling urban fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles.
Last year, as you may know, I set myself the long-overdue challenge of actually finishing some series! 😉 I linked up to the 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge. See how I got on with the challenge here.
What’s Scourged about?
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Title: Scourged by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #9
Published by Hachette Audio UK on 3 April, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Christopher Ragland
Length: 9 Hours 14 minutes
No. of Pages: 289
New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles.
Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, a.k.a. the Apocalypse, upon the earth. With a whole host of dark allies on their side, there's a globe-spanning battle on the cards - one which Druid Atticus O'Sullivan will be hard-pressed to survive, much less win.
Atticus must recruit the aid of an Indian witch and a trickster god in hopes that they'll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. After all - if the world ends, who's going to make sure the hound Oberon gets his well-deserved snack?
Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository* ¦ Waterstones*
Read: 8th – 19th December 2020
What did I think about Scourged?
A Fitting Finale To This Gripping Series.
The Iron Druid Chronicles has become one of my favourite series. Kevin Hearne’s writing style is fantastic and his stories keep me hooked. His tales are intelligent, well researched but still easy to read. They’re full of threads but never leave me feeling confused. Kevin keeps me entertained from the first page to the last. Atticus, Granuaile and Owen all get their own chapters in this book, with their own adventures and perspectives.
I downloaded the Audible narration to be able to listen to Scourged as well as reading it.
However, I ended up listening to the whole thing! Christopher Ragland’s performance was once again amazing. He transported me into each and every adventure. The pace at which he read the story and the emotions he added to the different scenes was perfect. I love the different accents and voices he gives each character – his performance brings them all to life. I knew straight away whose head we were in for the different chapters and didn’t get lost in any of the conversational dialogue.
While I’m talking about the characters, I must say how much I love them all in this series.
They’re multifaceted, written with their own goals, influences and histories. It makes each one feel real and believable – even the villains. Although the story was fast-paced it never felt rushed. Our main protagonists all had their own separate adventures in this book. I enjoyed journeying with each of them, never really knowing when or where the next problem would occur or the next attack would strike.
Scourged is the ninth and final book in the Iron Druid Chronicles so a lot has happened so far.
However, Kevin does a good job of weaving any pertinent information into the story seamlessly. I didn’t notice any detrimental effects on the flow or pace. I love the way he ended this story – the Iron Druid’s world hasn’t ended but our adventures with Atticus has.
I hope to come across Atticus, Granuaile, Owen and the hounds in future books based in this amazing urban fantasy world.
Keep reading to find out more about Kevin Hearne and this fabulous urban fantasy series.
The Iron Druid Chronicles
The Iron Druid Chronicles is a series of urban fantasy novels, written by Kevin Hearne and published by Del Rey Books. All the books including short stories have recorded Audiobooks narrated by Luke Daniels (for the US) and Christopher Ragland (for the UK market).
The series is set in our world (the first couple of books are set in Tempe, Arizona) where supernatural creatures exist, such as witches, vampires, werewolves, as well as various gods and goddesses from the world’s mythologies. The series is told in the first-person point-of-view of Atticus O’Sullivan (aka. Siodhachan O Suileabhain), a Druid who owns and runs an occult bookshop, Third Eye Books and Herbs, as he gets embroiled in the day-to-day struggle of Gods and Goddesses and other supernatural creatures.
Books in the Series
It’s never too late to start your adventure. There are nine novels and a growing number of short stories and novellas in this series. I’ve only listed the novels here. Click below to read my reviews or buy a copy for yourself.
- Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1) (2011)
- Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles #2) (2011)
- Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles #3) (2011)
- Tricked (Iron Druid Chronicles #4) (2012)
- Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles #5) (2012)
- Hunted (Iron Druid Chronicles #6) (2013)
- Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles #7) (2014)
- Staked (Iron Druid Chronicles #8) (2016)
- Scourged (Iron Druid Chronicles #9) (2018)
Buy THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES in print, audio and eBook formats through the usual sources including:
and because I love the narration so much, here’s Christopher’s bio too. 😉
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about Scourged.
If you’ve read any of the books in this captivating urban fantasy series, I’d love to hear from you. If not, why the hell not! 😉 Click on the above links and add it to your towering TBR piles. Lol! 😉
Bye for now,