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There was a marvellous finale featuring almost every fae creature you have ever heard of and a few you have not. And then there was an epilogue setting us up for the next disaster Atticus will have to face. I seriously hope that at the end of this series the author leaves Atticus and Granuaille and their hounds some place really nice where they can live out their long, long lives happily and in peace. They deserve it! Dec 01, Karl marked it as to-read Shelves: books-bought. This hardcover is signed twice by Kevin Hearne once on the front end page and once on the title page.
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Feb 19, Celeste rated it it was amazing Shelves: funny , urban-fantasy , paranormal. Full review now posted! This seventh installment in the Iron Druid Chronicles was just as much fun as the previous installments. So far, no book in this series has flopped or been a letdown for me, which is difficult to find in a UF series.
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We now have three Druids, and we have chapters told from the perspective of each. This was present a bit in the previous book, but their were only two points of view and the two parties remained together through the majority of the book. But in Shattered, each of the three point of view characters diverge from one another, giving us three fairly distinctive plots.
However, Hearne really made the diverging plot lines work, and he tied them back together beautifully at the end of the book. Oberon has a new friend, and her name is Orla. Oberon still made me giggle on more than one occasion. Man, I love that hound. I also love the other main characters in the book.
Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7) by Kevin Hearne
Owen was a hilarious addiction to the Druidic cast. This is without a doubt one of my favorite series in the paranormal or urban fantasy genres. Mar 14, Treswoc rated it it was amazing. Love this guy. For a while, it was tough to scratch my Dresden itch in between Jim Butcher's novels, then I read my first Iron Druid novel.
Kevin Hearne is a goateed master of urban fantasy. Jan 06, Chantaal rated it it was amazing Shelves: fae-folk , humor , myths-fairy-tales-and-retellings , interesting-ladies , urban-fantasy , paranormal , magic. This is probably my favorite urban fantasy series, period. I love Atticus, I love Hearne's nerdy humor, and I love the weaving of various religions and myths into the world Hearne has created. Owen, Atticus' archdruid, is entertaining, but not nearly a strong enough voice to counter Atticus and Granuaile, who have already had six books of character development already.
So, point by point. The Plot Shattere This is probably my favorite urban fantasy series, period. The Plot Shattered takes off shortly after the events of Hunted , where Atticus and Granuaile fled for their lives across half of Europe. Figuring out exactly who sent killers after them and why is the mystery in this novel, and the reveal isn't disappointing. It makes sense when it happens, and the climax makes me wish this would eventually become a TV series, just to see it happen.
The plot itself seems to take up a small chunk of the novel, simply because so much of it focuses on Owen's integration into the world, and some of the craziness that happens with Granuaile. I actually liked that, simply because it meant a lot more character insight and growth for all three, which is always a good thing. The rest of the world building keeps getting crazier and crazier, and I love it. Loki's got some serious shenanigans going on, and I can't wait to see how everything plays out. Atticus and Oberon! With five and a half books of his own, it made sense for Atticus to sort of take a back seat in Shattered , and I'm incredibly okay with that because of what we got with Granuaile's chapters.
Atticus is mostly caught up in teaching Owen about modern living, and there are some really nice bits involved. My favorite had to be him stopping Owen and giving him a quick lecture on how to approach women and their POVs when it comes to men. A very nice, refreshing take on a hero's view on women. Oberon is Oberon, and that is always a good thing. Owen I had no idea there would be Owen chapters, and was incredibly surprised when the first one popped up, but it made sense after a while. His voice was clearly different, and made for a nice counterpoint from Atticus. He had his hilarious moments, and a decnt amount of character development for a character who was introduced in the last pages of Hunted.
I appreciated Owen's chapters all the more when I realized his POV was incredibly important in his and Atticus' interactions especially the one that truly mattered for Atticus, in the end. Granuaile and Orlaith! I left Granuaile for last because her journey ended up being my favorite thing about Shattered. I find that a majority of novels that feature female characters written by male authors don't get the women quite right. I don't know why, I just know it feels off - but that wasn't the case with Granuaile.
It felt like Hearne knew her inside and out, and that made for a fantastically well-rounded character. She has her triumphs and losses, her ups and downs, and she's just as interesting, intelligent, and capable as Atticus. I'm going to go back to Hunted and re-read just her chapters in that one and Shattered because I love her a ridiculous amount now. Orlaith was a really pleasant surprise addition, and it makes absolute sense that Granuaile got her own hound.
She's wonderfully sweet, a great counterpart to Oberon's humor.
Romance I'm adding this here because while the romance in the novels has always been understated, I absolutely loved the little bits of it that were mentioned. It's the little things that both Atticus and Granuaile say and do that remind me that they've known each other for over a decade, that they've been in love with each other for that long, that they're together and best friends in a very comfortable, lived-in way.
Their romance feels real, and I love that there is not a single second of romantic drama between them. Overall Shattered is a fantastic addition to the series, and the perfect blend of action, contemplation, and humor. Hearne hits the right beats at the right times, and while Owen's POV chapters left a bit to be desired, everything came together wonderfully in the end. This is, arguably, Granuaile's book. She absolutely shines.
And I didn't think it was possible to love Granuaile even more, but it happened. Full review to come. Pre-Read rambling: A. This is one of the few times I would happily imagine the cover model as Atticus instead of Richard Madden.
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May 04, Komal rated it did not like it Shelves: urban-fantasy. I think it's time to start a new shelf. A shelf for series that have run their course. With this series, I can't exactly pinpoint where things started to go wrong. I remember feeling a sense of comfort in the earlier books. Atticus was charming and sweet as was the setting of Tempe, Arizona. Hearne's incorporation of mythology was also a big plus.