Staked : Iron Druid Chronicles

  • by Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • Series: Iron Druid Chronicles
  • 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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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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- Alton Troy Henshaw

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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- RabidReads

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio