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Staked

The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 8
Written by: Kevin Hearne
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

When a Druid has lived for 2,000 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.

©2016 Kevin Hearne (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"[The Iron Druid books] are clever, fast-paced, and a good escape." ( Boing Boing)
"Superb...plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series." (Kelly Meding, author of Chimera)

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Love this series

From the moment I started book 1 I was hooked. I can't wait to continue the series

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best reader. and author.

loved it it's a great series and Luke Daniels is a great story teller. great job!

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AMAZING!!!!

I absolutely LOVE the iron druid series. Not only the series but Luke Daniels as the narrator is perfect. Everyone i have recommended this series to has fallen in love with Oberon and Atticus.

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  • Garland Noel
  • 2017-05-25

I really tried...

I've binge listened every one of these books up until this one, but Granuaille has to be the lamest main character ever... which is sad, because she actually kicked ass in the previous book. Sadly, the inside of her head sounds like a blowhard who holds a bachelors in English and Gender Studies who's never done anything important in her life. The nice thing about this book series so far has been that it deals with ancient cultures without striving to put modern assumptions and judgements on them, but she can't take one step in this book without over analyzing everything and then feeling offended or guilty.

She could have been cool...

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • RabidReads
  • 2016-02-03

I pine for the pre-SHATTERED days.

After SHATTERED, I had concerns that THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES may be taking on water with an excess of POVs, mythologies and threads. STAKED slowed its roll a bit by limiting the amount of chapters from Owen and Granuaile’s perspectives, and I certainly can’t find fault in Kevin Hearne’s comedic writing style, but the female druid continued to annoy me, and when compared to some of this series’ epic stories, I found that the conclusion to the two century-long vampire saga was rather anticlimactic.

Atticus and Oberon have jetted around most of the globe and several planes; however in this installment they visited Canada, and tons of familiar cultural references ensued including a visit to Timmies and the hound discovering his new favourite dish: poutine! Readers also get to discover why one never wants to be “Nigel in Toronto”, and Owen was temporarily put on dog sitting duty which was seriously the funniest thing ever. Listening to Oberon explain to the archdruid how modern tech works was priceless.

Granuaile has to be one of the most irritating characters that I’ve had the misfortune of experiencing; I literally counted the number of scenes from her POV because if I reached ten I was DNF-ing this audiobook. Happily, that didn’t happen, but her personal crusade against her stepfather, and elitist attitude about what a druid’s mission *should* be pushed me to my breaking point. Owen on the other hand is an absolute peach! I like the direction that his tangent has taken, and of course Oberon is still the bestest of sidekicks.

Luke Daniels is THE man for the job with regards to narrating this series. As soon as he starts talking I immediately know which persona he’s assumed whether its the protagonist’s or a secondary that’s not made an appearance for several novels. In this title he dabbled with some French, and even though he botched one word pronunciation, I give him full marks because the rest was on the nose. His rendition of Owen is SO good, and the last scene with Oberon and Orla is as close as humans will ever come to dog speak.

STAKED was an step up from the previous book, but I still pine for the pre-SHATTERED days.

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  • Jessica
  • 2016-02-04

I have to agree. . .

This is my least favorite in the series. There are some parts that I really enjoyed but there are some parts that I didn't like at all, which is new for me when it comes to this series.

I have liked Granuaile up until this point but the bit with her stepfather? I have to agree with some of the other reviews I've read, I kind of wanted to slap her.

I read somewhere that the next book is the last in the series. I am not sure if that is true or not but so much has happened and is on the verge of happening that I'm not sure that the series can end in a way that won't make my head explode.

In a way, I kind of wish that Staked was the last one. The end of this book ended on such a joyful note that I am apprehensive about the next one. However, I will be getting the next (last?) one. I am interested in what kind of part Owen will play in the next one, how far into the future it will be since he has his own grove and is separate from Atticus.

Luke Daniels is amazing. Just amazing. I could listen to him read the phone book, a fast food drive up menu, anything. The best choice of narrator for this series. Luke Daniels is one of the reasons that I listen to audiobooks. There are just some narrators that take great books and elevate them and he is one of them.

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  • Alton Troy Henshaw
  • 2016-06-16

Used to be my favorite Audible series

What did you like best about Staked? What did you like least?

Best: Oberon is still funny. Brighid lighting up the Asgardians. Least: Granuaile (sp) - just got on my nerves - and all the preaching - I think she has become the author's mouthpiece but if you can't get your political beliefs across without resorting to preaching, then I think you've failed in your story.

What could Kevin Hearne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop the preaching. Focus more on Atticus. By the end of the book, I didn't like him. I didn't like Granuaile (sp) And the story just didn't seem as good as some of the previous ones in the series.

Do you think Staked needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I'll probably get the next and last Iron Druid novel when it comes out. But I doubt I read any more Kevin Hearne beyond that.

Any additional comments?

Even Luke Daniels - who is one of my favorite narrators seemed off this time. Like they didnt' have enough time to prepare and rehearse. There were a few instances where he would start a sentence in one voice and then switch, like he realized someone else was talking and there wasn't time to go back and fix it. Also, I learned on Good Reads that the author actually put the first three chapters to this book in a short story collection which is why Staked seems to pick up in the middle of the action which irritated me a little bit.

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  • Cory
  • 2016-01-31

33% Iron Druid

This installment spends most of its time dealing with Gronuail's daddy issues and not in an interesting way. I would have preferred to have the story advanced further. It is difficult to understand why a life or death issue would take a backseat to dealing with her father. If you have read the books this far you will likely enjoy the book but it is disappointing to sit through the multiple characters for such little pay off.

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  • Prototokos
  • 2016-06-13

New dominant POVs ruins the story

Atticus and his story line are fine, Owen is fine. Granuaile solo chapters are so boring that I find myself either listeing to her chapters at nearly 2x speed, or skipping them all together. She's fine when she's with Atticus, even if it's her POV, but alone she's petty and boring.

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  • Jeff Eubanks
  • 2016-03-23

not the best one out of the batch.

this book seems more like three short stories chopped up together. it's nice to see things settling down towards the end. I hope the next book will be a little more focused on one character.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Don
  • 2016-02-03

Disappointed...But There's Some Hope.

First off, this is probably my favorite book series. But this is probably my least favorite of the bunch.

The good:
We get to hear more from Owen (I'd read a whole series on him!) and a certain Icelandic vampire. Much of their treatment is done well.

The missing:
There seems to be a significant lack of the banter that made many of the earlier books hilarious, especially with Atticus and Oberon, but often with Atticus and anyone. The conversations with Oberon, Leif, Hal, The Morrigan, Coyote, etc... really make the earlier books enjoyable.

The bad: (spoilers!)
Granuaile has gone from bland to really annoying. Her focus on global warming and daddy issues is not only tedious, but also ridiculous. The portrayal of her stepfather as some sort of frothing monster because he's in the oil business is downright silly. The scene in the office was despicable and makes me dislike her.
Then there are the questionable choices. I'm used to Atticus making stupid choices such as not killing Verner at the first encounter, but siding with evil in the battle along with Brighid comes off as a betrayal.

Overall, if you're a fan of the series, you should read it as it does offer some closure on things. But let's hope the final installment is better.

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  • Spiffy Mai
  • 2017-02-28

Meh.

CAUTION: SPOILERS ahead, sort of. I didn't go into great detail, but still.

So I thought the way the author was running his world was interesting at first. Now we have three different voices and therefore three different stories all in the one book. They converged at the end because the other two, Granueille and Owen, decided to go find Atticus. Owen sets us up for another story, Granueille finishes her life's mission and tries to force a purpose on Atticus, and Atticus is out for revenge for a two thousand year old grudge. And I was bored during ALL of it. I expected the stories to converge into something more meaningful that involved all three, but instead they were really no more than three separate short stories involving each of our three voices mashed together in a single book to maintain the idea that they are all happening at one time, though respectively. And even though they do converge, it wasn't really for a reason. It was kind of happenstance. G and O just made a decision, "Oh, I need to see Atticus" and then were roped into the events at the end.

By the time it was nearing completion, with about 3 hours left in the book, I was checking the clock to see how long it was until it was over and I could move on to something more interesting.

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  • Darren Greer
  • 2016-06-11

Keep your political agenda to yourself...

Performance was awesome as always!

The storyline was very good, although a bit too quick of an ending... 100mph to a dead stop it seemed.

I can appreciate that a Druid is "earth" conscious, but the "save the earth" "tree hugging" message was laid on way to thick in this book. Made me really start to hate Granuaile in this book. I'm not against renewables, but they portrayed the entire non renewable industry and those tied to it as tyrants and evil.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful