Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #6
Published by Del Ray on June 25, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.
Hunted is book six in the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. I’ve been a pretty big fan since the first book, where I first fell in love with Atticus and Oberon, and their antics. Atticus is a thousands of years old Druid, the last of his kind, and Oberon is his faithful (and also very old) Irish wolfhound who can talk. About food, usually. Later they are joined by Granuaile, bringing the world’s total count of druids up to two.
In this book, our three heroes are on the run from Artemis and Diana, the Greek and Roman Goddesses of the Hunt. The Olympians aren’t thrilled with Atticus because he previously trapped Bacchus in a slow-time stream where he should theoretically stay for a very, very long time. And it doesn’t help that Loki is free and wanting to kill Atticus as well, the Morrigan is dead, and someone in Tír na nÓg is out to get them as well.
So, as you can imagine from the title of this book, with our heroes being hunted they spend a lot of time on the run. Luckily, that has meant that this book is full of action, even if it is lacking a bit in the quick wit that the earlier ones have fascinated me with. Atticus and Oberon have been my favourites from the very start, with Oberon being the funny dog, and Atticus whipping out language that has me constantly reaching for my dictionary, if only to check that yes, he did say what I thought he did. Like when Loki showed up in the midst of Atticus’ dealings with Zeus and Jupiter.
Zeus, now afflicted with acute priapism, gasped and asked him to do that again.
Why yes, he did just say that Zeus had a literal hard-on for Loki. Later on we’re treated to a Princess Bride quote from Oberon, and at one point Oberon is so happy that he humps Atticus’ leg.
But there’s more to this book than just the funny lines. The first chapter left me in tears, and that wasn’t the only time I cried during this book. Because so much time is spent on the run life is hard, and that comes across in the way everyone reacts and how they behave. There are a few scenes that deal with suicidal thoughts, so readers beware if that’s a trigger for you.
I wouldn’t say this is my favourite in the series, but it was definitely a terrific book. Just, you know, you may want a dictionary close at hand if you’re like me (I’m the girl people used to say had read the dictionary because I was always looking words up).