Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #8) by Kevin Hearne – Review #2020AudiobookChallenge

Hello, fellow bookworms it’s time for another mini-review. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about Staked by Kevin Hearne. Book 8 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 Staked about?

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Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #8) by Kevin Hearne – Review #2020AudiobookChallengeMy Rating:
Title: Staked by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #8
Published by Orbit on 26 January, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Christopher Ragland
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes
No. of Pages: 337

Iron Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne's epic New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series, has a point to make—and then drive into a vampire's heart.

When a druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

As always, Atticus wouldn't mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it's not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki's mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.

As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won't come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

Source: Bought
Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦*

What did I think about Staked?

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Consequences and Sacrifices – The Ripple Effect Was Addictive

I love The Iron Druid Chronicles. 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. It’s very insightful to get their differing perspectives and a great way of getting to know Granuaile and Owen better.

I downloaded the Audible narration to be able to listen to Staked as well as reading it.

However, I ended up listening to the whole thing! Christopher Ragland’s performance was once again outstanding. 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 spot on. I loved the different accents and voices he gave each character – his performance brought 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 complex, written with their own tales and histories. It makes each one feel real and believable – even the villains. I love how much Granuaile and Owen are featuring in this series now. We get whole adventures and chapters from their perspective in this book. My previously unwavering feelings of righteousness for Atticus’s actions have been adjusted seeing situations from their viewpoints. 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.

Staked is the eighth 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 already have the next audiobook in this incredible series, Scourged, and 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 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.

Buy THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES in print, audio and eBook formats through the usual sources including:

Audible ¦ Book Depository ¦ Waterstones ¦ Foyles

About Kevin Hearne

Author - Kevin Hearne

Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and the Tales of Pell, a humorous fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson. INK & SIGIL, a new urban fantasy series set in the Iron Druid universe, will be out in 2020.

Kevin hugs the heck out of trees and loves doggies and pretending that he knows stuff about hockey. (“There are goalies!” he noted. “And frozen water!”) He is also fond of comic books, tacos, fresh air, clean energy, fountain pens, and friendly people.

and because I love the narration so much, here’s Christopher’s bio too. 😉

About Christopher Ragland

Christopher Ragland is a British-based American actor and voice actor. He has provided voices for numerous video games including Driver: San Francisco. He also starred in the documentary series, I Shouldn't Be Alive, as Travis Wright.

He joined the voice cast of Thomas & Friends in 2015. He voices Percy in the US dub taking over from Martin T. Sherman and the Troublesome Trucks in both the UK and US taking over from Ben Small. He also voices Trevor in the US.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about Staked.

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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,

Flora x

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About Me

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog -

(2) Comments

  1. Only 1 more to go!

    1. Flora says:

      I know – so excited!! I’ve got Ink & Sigil on my Xmas wish list.

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