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Shattered

The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7
Written by: Kevin Hearne
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Kevin Hearne spins a new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O'Sullivan.

For nearly 2,000 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' 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.

©2014 Kevin Hearne (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Clever, fast paced, and a good escape." (Jason Weisberger, Boing Boing)
"[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the 21st century.... A snappy narrative voice." ( Library Journal, on Hounded)
"Superb...plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." ( Publishers Weekly, on Hounded)

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love this series. <br />

Absolutely love this series. fun, exciting and keeps the attention. love the nerd references, makes me feel connected to the characters and the author.
he's one of us.

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I wish I could give more stars

Kevin Hearne in super fine form and Luke Daniels did superb.

This book has everything: laugh out loud moments, non stop action and emotions and loving Owen

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  • MickeyMarie
  • 2014-11-27

A real disappointment

I have read all 12 books of the series. Until now. I have rated it really wonderful. But this book is overcrowded with characters. The bouncing back and forth overwhelms the story, and the new characters are unimpressive. Until now the stories has been fun and interesting and Oberon has carried it with his hysterical dialogue. The new hound is as boring as tapioca pudding and the new druid's character isn't much better. The old arch Druid is interesting but again it's overcrowding the story. Overall very disappointing. A real letdown for me from a series that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • rambler-6
  • 2014-08-09

Ho hum.

Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

Luke Daniels does a great job. Hearne's Iron Druid series started off great but has been going down hill since the 2nd book. The main character, Atticus, seems to be getting progressively dumber. In the first book, he was great, but with each progressive book, he has been more and more of a screw up. By this the seventh book, Atticus seems like a pathologic blunderer. I think it was a big mistake when he took up an apprentice. The dog was funny in the beginning, but now he is just getting annoying. Nevertheless, I keep listening because they are easy listens and I keep hoping that Hearne will turn this thing around and make it fun again. The addition of Owen was good. Granuaile, I have never liked, and like less and less as the series goes on. Can't he kill her off and let Owen be Atticus' side kick.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kevin Hearne again?

Probably.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Owen was great.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Don Gilbert
  • corona, ca United States
  • 2014-07-24

The third druid

In the last book of the Iron Druid Series, “Hunted,” Atticus O’Sullivan’s apprentice, Granuaile, finally became a full-fledged druid in her own right; she even adopted her own Irish wolfhound. After two thousand years of walking the earth alone the Iron Druid was no longer the only living druid. Then at the end of “Hunted,” Atticus discovers another druid frozen on one of the Time Islands; his old arch druid, who goes by the modern name, Owen Kennedy. Once Atticus’s “thaws” him out Owen becomes druid number three.
Now in “Shattered,” Atticus must indoctrinate his old arch druid into the modern world; but with the old man’s surly disposition it’s not an easy job.
Meanwhile Granuaile gets some distressing news about her father and must go off on her own to deal with the situation. Her journey takes her to India, where she meets an old friend, must visit some snow folk in the Himalayans, and then go back to India and due battle against a supernatural creature with the help of one of the Hindu gods.
We still get several doses of Oberon’s canine philosophy. Loki, the unstable Norse god is still around ready to start Ragnarok; and Atticus still needs to find out which one of Tuatha Dé Danann is out to get him.
Relationships seem to be the predominate theme in this latest installment; besides Granuaile, Atticus now has a sort of father figure in his arch druid Owen. Granuaile must deal with her father and later on confront her feelings about her mother; even the Tuatha Dé Danann have relationship issues.
Luke Daniels gives another great performance as usual.

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  • Victor Loiacono
  • 2016-10-11

Bottom of the barrel for the Iron Druid series

Little spoiler for my review: When Jesus tells Atticus that he has suffering ahead of him am I the only one hoping that Granuaile would die? I cannot stand her preaching one chapter and then whining another. I enjoyed her much better told from the perspective of Atticus. Honestly if the Owen chapters weren't there it would have been a tough book to get through.

The story was fragmented and I could have done without the whole massacre in India just to get Loki some arrows. Anyway, iI'm hoping the next book makes up for this one.

Luke Daniles, thanks for the amazing job. Your accents and acting are spot on.

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  • Charles McGowan
  • Auburn, California
  • 2016-04-11

eh...

Clever Girl whines too much, she cocked it up pretty bad there, and I almost Gabe a 3. But Owen is brilliant and deserved a 5.

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  • Allen Anthony
  • 2015-10-18

This Kennedy is no hero

Some characters should never meet the light of day...and the Kennedy that was brought back from exile should have been left marooned on that desert island...I am through with this series,,,I am done...I am such a fool I kept on to the bitter end...no more sequels for me in the Iron Druid Chronicles after the first 2 save your credits

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  • Joanie
  • 2015-05-31

couldnt stick with this one....

I am not sure what made this story so hard to sticky with. perhaps ALL the characters made it hard to follow. I can appreciate the Granuile bits but it kind of was a distraction to me. i found myself rewinding and relistening and even stopping and going back to later. Perhaps it was me. I will say I never really gave up......just couldn't all at once.

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  • Lahey
  • 2014-08-17

... a miss!

I've enjoyed the series in the past... but not this one. It seems that Kevin Hearne was really struggling to come up with something entertaining in this book #7.

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  • RabidReads
  • 2014-08-14

All good things must come to an end

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately this seventh installment in Kevin Hearne’s THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES terminated its 4/5 star reign for this reviewer. It seemed as though the author tried to go all out for his hardcover debut by incorporating multiple POVs, countless gods, several mythologies, and way too many plot lines which caused the story to lack focus, and to feel somewhat disjointed. I really enjoyed what Owen and Orlaith brought to the table, but the lack of Atticus/Oberon moments, and the overabundance of Granuaile ones made it impossible for even Luke Daniels’ superb narration to save. The Tuatha De Danann story arc has finally come full circle, so one can only hope that the next novel will be a return to a simpler time when these audiobooks were about an outspoken druid, and his quirky Irish wolfhound.

This is the only Urban Fantasy series that I’ve succeeded in convincing my guy to read, and he actually devoured this one twice because we were travelling at the time. Anyway, on his second pass he admitted to having skipped over all of Granuaile’s chapters, and they were my main issue with this listen as well. I’m not sure whether Hearne was overcompensating because she’s his first female POV, if her character was just over-ecstatic about being a new druid, or if Daniels’ breathy narration got on my last nerve—probably a combination of the three—but I absolutely HATED her in SHATTERED! She came off as such a hippy-ish worry wart that hitting play became a real challenge for me because I just wanted this audio to be over; she single-handedly turned one of my favourite stories into a horribly painful experience. It took me a full week to finish this book compared to my usual 1-2 day norm.

I adored Owen, he’s cranky and a bit of a d*ck, and quite frankly I loved him for it. He was the complete opposite of Granuaile, and boy did I need that! I enjoyed Orlaith’s simplistic speech, and of course Atticus & Oberon are long time favourites of mine, although I wish they’d played larger roles instead of the equal three-way split. All of the previous installments in this series have focused on one specific lore while as this one had a bit of everything which led to a lot of nothing. The plot threads were difficult to follow, and felt like separate stories haphazardly smushed together in a vain attempt to make one congruent tale. I did not care for this new format; it was a far cry from Hearne’s typically smooth flowing writing style. The author’s trademark humour was also severely lacking because Granuaile simply is NOT funny.

I have yet to actually read an IRON DRUID book because I am a huge fan of Luke Daniels’ narration; however I strongly considered switching to hard copy in the middle of this one to see if Granuaile’s POV would annoy me less on paper. Again, I’m not sure if it was his actual performance or just that specific character, but listening to Miss MacTiernan’s chapters was downright unpleasant. That being said, I enjoyed Daniels’ gruff portrayal of Owen, he did a fab job of bringing this old Irishman to life, and I really liked his Mexican accent when he stepped into Jesús’ shoes.

SHATTERED was good, but not my favourite, and if this series continues this format I may have to stop pre-ordering these audiobooks.

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  • Russell
  • Keswick, ON, Canada
  • 2014-07-19

After Six Good Books, I Was In Seventh Heavan

Shattered has reminded me of that wallop I felt with the first book. All the books in this series are good. But, the first book was always the best until now. It introduced the exquisitely voiced Oberon and for me the unlikely pleasure of following a Druid's adventures. It was also the book that hooked my wife and daughter on this series.

With this book, I loved the new character, Owen Kennedy. Luke Daniels hit another one out of the park with his voicing of this new cantankerous Druid resurrected from centuries ago. He also does a fine job with Granuaile’s wolf hound.

We see the story unfold from three perspectives. The conflict between the newly deiced Arch Druid Owen and our original hero Atticus is enriched by not granting all the wisdom to Atticus. The third viewpoint we get is from Atticus’s new convert Granuile as she spends a lot of time in India telling her story.

One of the best collaborations between author and narrator is served up with this series and with this book in particular.

21 of 28 people found this review helpful