Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #0.4
Source: Personal (e)-shelf
From the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles comes a rollicking, all-new urban-fantasy adventure featuring Atticus O’Sullivan. Atticus has a history of messing with the gods, and in this eBook original novella, he’ll have to outfox a deity at her own deadly cat-and-mouse game.
When he’s not vanquishing villainous gods or dodging demons, two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan can be found behind the counter of Third Eye Books and Herbs in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, literally minding his own business. But when an evil sorcerer—and amateur shoplifter—snatches an ancient Egyptian tome of black magic, The Grimoire of the Lamb, Atticus is not sheepish about pursuing him to the ends of the earth . . . or at least to the Land of the Pharaohs.
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I’m a huge Kevin Hearne fan. I think he’s just über talented and lovely and I adore his writing. His books are always thrilling and I just can’t get enough of Atticus and Oberon. 😉 Grimoire of the Lamb offers readers (a) a really fun adventure in Egypt set four years before Hounded, the first book in the series. In this mini outing, Atticus and Oberon travel to Egypt after a potential client steals the titular grimoire from Atticus’ store in Arizona.
What I really liked about this novella is that it’s Atticus and Oberon doing what they do best — having a madcap adventure that causes them to go up against gods and other supernatural beings. And since they’re in Egypt this time around, it’s a fresh mythology for the series and proof that you can’t be Atticus without pissing off at least one god from every pantheon. He made an enemy of Bast long before the start of Grimoire of the Lamb and so we get to see him deal with her and also with Elkhashab, a priest of the crocodile god Sobek. And even though Grimoire of the Lamb is a lot shorter than your typical Iron Druid Chronicle I was still completely satisfied with the story. It felt complete and was a nice way to tide yourself over until,the release of Hunted this summer, which I am super excited about.
If you haven’t tried any of Kevin Hearne’s work, Grimoire of the Lamb might be a great way to get a taste of his writing. It’s less expensive than a full novel but you’ll get a good sense of what each and every story in his Iron Druid Chronicles delivers: great humour, smart characters, strong plots, and general awesomeness!