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Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne

Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.4)Released: May 7, 2013
Format: ebook
Publisher: Del Rey

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!

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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I’m am so very excited for Hunted, Atticus O’Sullivan’s sixth full-length adventure. Kevin Hearne is a brilliant writer, as I’ve said pretty much every time I’ve written about one of his books, and I’m jazzed for Hunted because it sounds absolutely thrilling. I know I can count on Mr. Hearne for witty dialogue, unexpected plot developments, and some general outrageous awesomeness in every book he writes! Plus, I’m really curious to see where Atticus and Granuaile’s relationship is, given the developments we saw in Trapped. I’m positively full of squee for this one.

Hunted will be released on June 25.

Hunted by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles #6)

For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.
 
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.

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Grimoire of the Lamb! Grimoire of the Lamb! I can’t wait to read this one, it’s Atticus versus Bast!

I am legitimately singing the above line to the tune of ‘The Farmer in the Dell’ right now, over and over. It’s in my head so my co-workers don’t think I’m mental but that may be an indication of just how giddy I am for the next Iron Druid adventure. If I were a different person, I’d be ashamed of this, and ashamed of admitting it fairly permanently on the web, but I don’t care because I want to read this one so badly!

If you’ve followed the blog, you’ll know that I’ve adored every single one of Atticus’ previous outings (and that I tend to gush about them over on Tynga’s Reviews) so you can probably guess how much the anticipation is killing me right now. I’m actually in the midst of re-reading Hounded because Hunted (book 6 in The Iron Druid Chonicles) will be out soon and I want everything to be fresh in my brain.

Until then, I’m counting down until Grimoire of the Lamb hits e-shelves next week, on May 7.

Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles)

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.
 
Unfortunatel,y Atticus already has enemies in Egypt—including cat goddess Bast, who wants her own book of mischief back from the Druid. In the streets of Cairo, she sends a feline phalanx after Atticus and his Irish wolfhound, Oberon. With fur still flying, Atticus must locate the sorcerer’s secret lair—where he will face killer crocodiles, spooky sarcophagi, and an ancient evil Egyptian who’s determined to order the sacrificial lamb special tonight.
 
Includes a preview of Kevin Hearne’s highly anticipated new novel in The Iron Druid Chronicles, Hunted!

Tricked by Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne TrickedSorry for disappearing this week. But now I’m back, with a post about Tricked, Kevin Hearne’s upcoming release.  Click here to see just how much I enjoyed it!

Hot release: Tricked by Kevin Hearne

My favourite new author of 2011, Kevin Hearne, has just released the cover for his fourth Iron Druid novel and it is completely mesmerizing:

This is the first cover where Atticus isn’t brandishing his sword. According to Kevin’s website and the Suvudu piece on the cover, the cover shows Atticus’ magic and it’s incredibly eye-catching and beautiful. I can’t wait to read Tricked when it releases in April. Here’s the blurb, so you can see why I’m so excited about it.

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.

But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.

April can’t come soon enough!!

Hammered (Iron Druid #3) by Kevin Hearne

Today I’ve posted my thoughts on Hammered by Kevin Hearne, the third book in his Iron Druid Chronicles over at Tynga’s Reviews. The short version: It’s awesome and I’m dying because the next book doesn’t come out until April. Longer version: click here.

Exciting news

I’m pleased to announce that I’m also going to be blogging over at Tynga’s Reviews. It’s a fantastic site and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’ve been waiting to mention this until now, since my first post went up today. I hope you’ll visit the page and read my thoughts on Atticus O’Sullivan’s fantastic second adventure in Kevin Hearne‘s Hexed. (You may recall I loved the first book in the series, Hounded.)

I intend to post something here every time I have something over on Tynga’s site. My goal is to keep posting here at least once a week. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up with my previous twice-weekly posts. 🙂

Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne

Released: May 3, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Del Ray
ISBN-13: 978-0-345-52247-4

The first novel in an original, back-to-back three-book series The Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

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Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

I bought Hounded in an airport. I’d seen a lot of buzz about the book online but my book-buying budget is small this summer and with so many upcoming releases by my favourite authors, I was willing to wait for Hounded  to show up at the public library. But then I was waiting for a very long plane ride and didn’t have a thing to read so I figured that was a good enough excuse to invest in Kevin Hearne‘s first published novel. (The next two novels in the series come out in June and July so it could be an Atticus-filled summer for me.) But enough about how I ended up reading Hounded and more about the actual content of the book…

Atticus O’Sullivan is a great protagonist. Having lived for 2,000 years, he’s full of wisdom and magical know-how but he’s also youthful in spirit (and body, thanks to special herbs he brews up). Atticus has a great sense of humour that counters the potential gravitas of being the only Druid left in the world, on the run from an angry god. He also has an awesome wolfhound named Oberon who also provides a lot of comic relief, for both Atticus and the reader. The combo of Atticus and Oberon would win over even the least enthusiastic reader, which I definitely was not, since I finished the book before I got off the plane. And if that’s not enough, Atticus’ interactions with his widowed neighbour should bring a smile to your face.

Plot-wise, Hounded is great. There are characters who seem like random folks in Atticus’ life but end up being central to the storyline, there are some great twists and godly machinations, and there are some truly awesome fight scenes. And all of this is set against a really cool background. Kevin Hearne’s done a great job of building a neat world in Tempe, AZ, where there are witches, werewolves, and vampires, all sort of doing their own thing. I also love that the author is using Celtic mythology as the main focus of the novel, though gods from other pantheons are also mentioned and will likely figure into things down the road, if I’m not mistaken.

In some ways, Atticus reminds me a lot of Remy Chandler. They both have super powers of sorts, they both have an adorable dog companion with whom they communicate telepathically, they’re both going their own way, and they’re both subject to the whims of more powerful beings, whether they like it or not. They’re also both rare male protagonists in the overwhelmingly female world of urban fantasy — and well written to boot. But what really separates the two is the Atticus fully embraces the life he has, running his shop, pretending to be a 21-year-old, while doing his best to survive whatever’s thrown at him, which includes a goddess who wants answers and sexual favours at the beginning of the novel. Remy, in contrast, has a lot more sorrow in his life. (You’ll hear more about this soon, as I’ve just finished reading Remy’s second adventure, and it’s a doozy.)

I think I’m going to have to run out and get Hexed now. *sigh*

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