Hello, fellow bookworms it’s time for another mini-review. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about Shattered by Kevin Hearne. Book 7 in his bestselling urban fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles.
This year, as you may know, I set myself the long-overdue challenge of actually finishing some series! 😉 I’m linking up to the 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge. Check out my progress here.
Today, I’m so happy to be able to check off another one from my TBR pile. I started The Iron Druid Chronicles back in 2018! Eek! I WILL finish it this year! Lol!
What’s Shattered about?
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Title: Shattered by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #7
Published by Orbit on 17 June, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Christopher Ragland
Length: 11 hours
No. of Pages: 368
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, 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.
Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
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What did I think about Shattered?
I’ve become a big fan of The Iron Druid Chronicles. Kevin Hearne’s writing style is fantastic as are his stories. They’re intelligent, well researched but still easy to read. His books are full of threads but never leave me feeling confused. Kevin keeps me entertained from the first page to the last.
I downloaded the Audible narration to listen to Shattered as well as reading.
However, I ended up listening to the whole thing rather than reading it. Christopher Ragland’s performance was once again outstanding. He transports me into each and every adventure. The pace at which he reads the story and the emotions he adds to the different scenes are perfect. I love the different accents he gives each character – his performance brings them all to life. Christopher doesn’t have as wide an array of female voices as male ones. However, that’s understandable and doesn’t diminish his obvious talent. I knew straight away whose head we were in for the different chapters and didn’t get lost in any of the conversational dialogue.
Shattered is slightly different from previous books.
Atticus, Granuaile and Owen all get their own chapters. It was very insightful to get their differing perspectives and a great way of getting to know Granuaile and Owen better. While I’m talking about the characters, I must say how much I love them all in this series. They’re complex, written with their own tales and histories. It makes each one feel real and believable. I love how much Granuaile is featuring now. We get whole adventures and chapters from her perspective in this book. I also really liked the onerous druid, Owen and liked his opposing views. Oberon, Atticus’ faithful Irish Wolfhound is still the BEST. He just lights up my heart in every scene he’s in.
Although the story was fast-paced it never felt rushed.
We never had more information than our protagonists. Therefore we journeyed with them, never really knowing when or where the next problem would occur or the next attack would strike. I loved that I spent most of my time on the edge of my seat.
Shattered is the seventh book in the Iron Druid Chronicles.
Therefore, 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.
The next book in this incredible series is Staked. I can’t wait to see what trials and adventures Atticus, Granuaile, Owen and the hounds have to face next!
Keep reading to find out more about Kevin Hearne and this fabulous 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 Shattered.
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,