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Review: Shattered



A Book Set on a Different Continent: Shattered by Kevin Hearne



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.



I enjoyed that it was less world shattering and more focused on the characters. I'm honestly getting a bit tired and annoyed with Atticus, he's making some dumb decisions these days. But that really just adds humanity to this centuries old character. This was the first 3 view point book, and I thought it helped tell the story well. I enjoyed the parts with Grainelle the best, I think.

Added a bit more mythology, but not too much. And set it up nicely for the 8th and last book, I think.

While some of it took place in the US, most was either India or on a differnt plane. And since I've been to India, it was a nice connection for me.


Rating: B+



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Storm of Swords
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A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
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A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
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Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
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Shattered
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The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
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Meeting on Mars
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Comments

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wenhaver
Jul. 1st, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
I actually thought Atticus made slightly better decisions here than he had in a few of the previous books. Still some bad ones, but on the whole, better than his previous track record.

It also begs the question, though, of how a person who routinely lets Bad Decision Dinosaur take the driver's seat has managed to live to be over 2000 years old.
jkivela
Jul. 1st, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
I believe the answer is he kept his head down and didn't get involved in anything remotely supernatural/interesting.

I'd have been bored, but patients of the Earth/Gia or something?
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