Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #8
Also in this series: Hunted
Published by Random House Audio, Random House Audio Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 11 Hours 22 Minutes
on January 26, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Source: Personally Purchased via Audible.com
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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.
Staked by Kevin Hearne is the eighth book in his Urban Fantasy series, the Iron Druid Chronicles. If you are a consumer of urban fantasy and have not picked up this series yet, SHAME ON YOU. Especially, if you are consuming audiobooks.
Staked might be my favorite in this series and yet I cannot quite put my finger on why. Maybe it was the how the backstory has progressed and grown. Maybe it was simply the combination of humor and fantastic world building. Maybe it was the wide variety of characters that I have truly come to feel connected to. Either way…shit happened in this installment and I loved all of it. Owen (arch druid) is quickly becoming
an obsession a favorite of mine, but I think this has a lot to do with the awesome that is Luke Daniels (see narrator review below).
Staked contained many different POV’s and had a few different stories going on. I am of two minds about this. Part of me felt slightly annoyed and confused by Granuaile’s adventure, but I reserved this reflecting too harshly on the story because I am HOPING that this ties into the next book. She is growing and we did learn more about her in Staked, but overall her additions felt choppy especially since it was an independent story away from rest of story line.
Staked played with my emotions. I had my heart ripped out. I laughed until I hurt. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. If you haven’t picked up this series yet and love Urban Fantasy, you are really missing out.
Narrator Review: Luke Daniels narrates Staked, as well as all of the other previously published books in this series. I don’t know how it is possible, but I think his narration skills have improved. Staked contains SO MANY different accents and personalities and he nails them all. I think he might be a wizard, so we might want to keep an eye on him. Daniels’ ability to execute situational humor all while streaming a flawless accent is truly inhuman. IT’S WIZARDRY I SAY.
I rate Staked 4.5 out of 5 Bullets.
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