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Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles: Book Seven (English Edition)
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Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles: Book Seven (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Kevin Hearne
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Praise for Kevin Hearne and The Iron Druid Chronicles
“Clever, fast paced and a good escape.”—Jason Weisberger, Boing Boing

“[Kevin] Hearne is a terrific storyteller with a great snarky wit. . . . Neil Gaiman’s American Gods meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden.”SFFWorld
“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 Tempest
“[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the twenty-first century. . . . A snappy narrative voice.”—Library Journal, on Hounded
“Outrageously fun.”—The Plain Dealer, on Hounded
“Superb . . . plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting.”Publishers Weekly (starred review), on Hounded
“An exciting mix of comedy, action, and mythology . . . [Atticus] is one of the best main characters currently present in the urban fantasy genre.”Fantasy Book Critic, on Tricked

Présentation de l'éditeur

The acclaimed author Kevin Hearne returns with a brand new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O'Sullivan.

For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth - Atticus O'Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he's got company.

Atticus's apprentice Granuaile is finally 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 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.

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1350 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 353 pages
  • Editeur : Orbit (17 juin 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IA2E55G
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Some good elements 30 juin 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
But the book feels like a really good draft - nice work on the characters in a fairly weak plot. It might also have been better if the three main characters had spent time together in the same setting.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A three-person POV novel is asking for trouble but Kevin Hearne pulls it off again 30 avril 2014
Par D. Brennan - Publié sur
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I found out about the Iron Druid Chronicles last year and dove in deeply. I worked my way through the first few books in as many days and then polished off the rest of the available novels and short stories within a month. As Atticus might warn Oberon after a particularly glutinous meal of sausages and ham just before a trip to a mostly vegan Indian village - you're going to wish you saved some of that meat for a rainy day.

Kevin Hearne has added a new POV character - Atticus' teacher - an archdruid who has spent 2000 years frozen (well, more like time dilated) on an island. If you thought that Oberon's humor was a gift from a pagan god you are going to LOVE what passed for humor in Ireland in 10 BC. I was always (wrongly) accused of being overly sarcastic having grown up in Brooklyn. Just wait until you get a load of the new guy, "Owen". My ribs still hurt from some of the more graphic - and I mean graphic - humor that he lays on us. Atticus certainly doesn't appreciate some of the stories but it's about time that Atticus' ego is presented as something less than untouchable. For the first time Hearne has presented us with an Atticus that is something other than supremely confident, and is vulnerable on a personal level to someone else's opinion of him. The series is better for this change.

The beauty of this story is found in the small moments between the characters. This makes it hard to explain what I love so much about this book without revealing details that other readers should have the pleasure of discovering themselves. A couple of points though merit discussion:

1 - Although this book begins with a brief series recap, if you are new to the series please start from the beginning. My wife is doing that now. She is enjoying the books despite a complete lack of experience with fantasy novels and I am enjoying seeing it all again through her eyes.

2 - Give yourself permission to laugh aloud. Talking Irish Wolf Hounds are funny, especially when they are obsessed with sausage.

3 - Tough women characters are sexy. Kevin Hearne has given us Granuaile, a character to rival any Katniss Everdeen wannabe. She really comes in to her own in this novel. This is a druid who does not need anyone else to save her. She makes mistakes, still acts heroically, faces impossible odds and earns the right to be known as the Fierce Druid.

4 - By the end of this novel you realize we are caught up with our own timeline. How do I know? Let's just say that Jon Snow still doesn't know anything.

Please enjoy this book as much as I have. After a sleepless night with the preview readers edition, I'm looking forward to a second read through when the finished novel arrives in my mailbox in a few weeks.

Update: Some reviewers have mentioned that they were sometimes confused about which POV character was speaking. I didn't have to read more than a sentence or two or each chapter to figure that out BUT readers of the upcoming hardcover won't have to worry. As per Kevin Hearne's Facebook page, there will be an illustration at the beginning of each chapter that will let you know right away which character is up at bat. Atticus's chapters have the wolfhound, Granuaile's have a horse, and the Archdruid's have a bear.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 <"YES! I WRESTLE FOR SCIENCE!"> 29 avril 2014
Par H. Bala - Publié sur
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If you and I were talking wishes I'd probably get my politically correct face on and say that my first wish would be for world peace. But if you were to press a shank against my carotid artery I'd confess that my first wish would be for my favorite authors to churn stuff out faster, badass wordsmiths like Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Terry Pratchett, Steven Gould, and, yep, Kevin Hearne. Kevin Hearne once served as my tide-over while I awaited the next Dresden book by Jim Butcher. But I think Hearne and Butcher are neck and neck now on my list.

Shattered is the 7th book in the Iron Druid Chronicles, and yay for Hearne it's his first hardcover. It's another stay-up-fake-sickness-the-next-day riveter. The guy should consider running a tab at the Gap because he keeps writing his pants off. As Shattered opens, the dust has settled for our favorite 2000-year-old druid, Atticus O'Sullivan. He's worked out an accord with those in the Greek pantheon what's been chasing him and Granuaile across the breadth of modern-day Europe.

Now Atticus can focus on acclimating his foul-tempered, foul-mouthed mentor, the archdruid Eóghan Ó Cinnéide - whom he'd just yanked out of a two millennia stasis in Tír na nÓg - to the 21st century. Eóghan Ó Cinnéide - or "Owen Kennedy" - is a welcome addition to Atticus' supporting cast, and he's relevant enough as Atticus' default father figure that Hearne dedicates chapters narrated from his P.O.V. (Brace yourself for some hilarious fish-out-of-water reactions as "Owen" tries his best to catch up.) Throw in those other chapters told from Granuaile's perspective and what we have is less time spent with Atticus. But before the lynchers come out, my two cents is that the chapters narrated by Granuaile and Owen contribute mightily in fleshing out Atticus even more. We get their slant on him, get to, for example, "listen in" on their frank internal assessments regarding the colossal blunders he's committed.

For her part, Granuaile, now a full Druid herself, is coping with her own daddy issues. In the midst of training her own wolfhound, Orlaith, she's summoned to Thanjavur, India to extricate her archaeologist father from demonic possession.

The bigger picture is never wont to leave our guy alone. Atticus finds himself promptly steeped in overarching intrigue as a longstanding grudge is revealed and an unexpected enemy emerges. What I like best about Hearne's writing - and this applies to Butcher as well - is that it balances meticulous worldbuilding with great humor and kickass action but then it drives home these strong, emotional beats that truly get you invested. Atticus pays a price in this book, and he may not even realize the extent of it yet.

One of the coolest things in this series is that Atticus can hobnob with pantheons from every culture the world 'round. And Hearne has a way of not making that scene look too "busy." Somehow, you're kept aware of what particular divine/supernatural politics are in play. Here, he dots the landscape with familiar old faces. But the one deity that had me big-grinning, well, I won't say who it is except that it's someone whom I'd been clamoring for to make another appearance. Hint: he's the one who downs tequila with Atticus.

Despite how much I enjoy reading about Atticus, Granuaile, and newcomer Owen, no one cracks me up like the Irish wolfhound, Oberon, with his consistently amusing observations and his persistent pining for food.

Book 7, and it's only getting better. Atticus O'Sullivan is one charismatic hombre, for sure, but Hearne envelops him in immersive storytelling. Shattered advances the narrative, develops the characters, thrills you with dynamic fighty fights and sorcerous showdowns. And I love the Yetis. And the pop culture reference to GoT.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Collection of Mini Plots 19 juin 2014
Par Eric R Schoville - Publié sur
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I've enjoyed this series from the inception, but this latest book falls short. Like Martin's Game of Thrones series, each chapter switches to a different character's perspective and usually switches between plot lines, leaving the overall plot poorly developed and segmented. Approaching the end of the book on my Kindle, I wondered how it would finish with so few pages left, and it did so abruptly with incomplete plot lines, which will no doubt segue well into the next installment, but leaves me unsatisfied. This book should have been split into several short stories.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Better and better 31 mai 2014
Par Theoden Humphrey - Publié sur
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I've enjoyed all of the Iron Druid books: the mythology is fascinating, the action is fantastic, and Oberon, of course, is hilarious. If I had any complaint about them, it was that Atticus was perhaps a wee bit overpowered -- wealthy, immortal, able to do almost anything, it seemed, and immune to death thanks to the Morrigan's protection -- and watching him lay waste to pantheon after pantheon would have rapidly gotten tired. If I had any additional complaint, it might be that the books were a little too light, a little cheerier than I like, though of course that's more personal preference.

But thankfully, Kevin Hearne is too good an author for that. These last two books, especially, have shown that Atticus is not all-powerful, not immune to harm, and not capable of conquering any foe with ease. They have also grown a bit more serious, a little less light-hearted, which I enjoy. Oberon is still a major character, of course -- and now he's not alone! -- but he isn't in every chapter, his conversation doesn't dominate the book; so he is the excellent comic relief, rather than the irritating non-stop joke-factory.

I think the addition of two new characters, and the use of all three Druids as narrative points of view, was the real clincher. It allows the reader to consider the Druid's world from several different angles, and it's great. The newest character wasn't my favorite at first, largely because I really like Atticus and he was talking smack about my boy (if you'll pardon the lame slang -- I'm around teenagers all day), but then there's a scene later in the book when they reconcile, and it's an excellent moment.

The action remains great, the druids and the mix of mythologies remain fascinating, and the long-term plot is really heating up nicely. These are now five-star books, for me, and I can't wait for the next one.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Please, oh please keep Granuaile's thoughts out of my head! 9 juillet 2014
Par David A. Miller - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This one just fell off the mark for me. I found the series while waiting on Dresden Files books to come out. I enjoyed the humor and irreverence that Atticus brings to the books. I just couldn't take the additional POV characters. I truly truly hoped Granuaile's POV was just a one time book only thing. And honestly, in the last book I enjoyed getting her perspective as a freshly minted druid. But this book I found each and every POV chapter of hers excruciating to read. All I could think about was "how did she go from being a modern day young bartender to someone who this ultra crunchy, overly serious, humorless tree hugger"? Yes, I realize tree hugger is appropriate as a druid, but still she lost any sense that she was a contemporary woman. I wanted some irreverence from her too as a woman who has lived in the modern world with all its conveniences until recently when her world got larger. Instead she became a stuffy Disney like Pocahontas. Her only break from character is her knowledge of Game of Thrones. Living on the run I don't imagine she had HBO so I guess she found time to pack the books with her. As heavy as they are, more power to her.

Owen... eh... I get it, he's cantankerous. I guess in my head I think 2000 year old archdruid as more Gandalf-y and less like the grandmother from Beverly Hillbillies.
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