Book Review: Besieged

The Iron Druid Chronicles is one of those series where you read a book, and instantly want more. Even if, like me, you’ve been following Kevin Hearne‘s urban fantasy series for a long, long time, you can’t get enough. I mean, when the main character is a 2,000 year old badass that has tangled with almost every god in every pantheon––most of whom want to kill him––you know he and the people around him are going to have some stories to tell. Enter Besieged, one of the books I’ve been looking forward to the most this year. It’s everything I could have asked for in an Iron Druid  short story collection: fun, exciting, hilarious, thoughtful, researched, and engaging. While it’s a must-have for fans of Hearne, it’s something new readers can also enjoy. It has everything from vampires to ghosts, cannibals to badass women, talking dogs to a BDSM club (seriously, and if there are any fans reading this who haven’t yet dived into the book, you’re never gonna believe who goes there). A short, fun, must-read for the summer!

Harry Dresden meets American Gods in this collection of all-new stories set in the bestselling world of The Iron Druid Chronicles, starring 2,000-year-old Irishman/Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan.

The Iron Druid Chronicles is a hilarious and action-packed urban fantasy set in a modern world in which all the gods of every pantheon are alive and well, as in American Gods; its hero is a smart-mouthed, buttkicking magician, like Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden. But it’s told in a smart, witty, unforgettable voice that’s all Kevin Hearne—a star in the fantasy world. This addictive and wildly imaginative series stars hero Atticus O’Sullivan: a handsome, tattooed Irishman who looks like a young rock star, but is in actuality a 2,000-year-old Druid with extraordinary magic powers. In Besieged, Atticus’ adventures throughout history are told in a collection of nine new and original short stories.

As with all IDC books, It was awesome to read stories from different countries and time periods, with our beloved heroes (and hounds) kicking all kinds of ass. Every story carried the signature Kevin Hearne charm, but my favourites had to be “Goddess At The Crossroads” (Shakespeare fans need this story in their lives), “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street,” and “The Bogeyman of Boora Bog.” The stories all have different tones and themes, but they were all fun, short adventures that make me want to re-read the entire series again. While Atticus remains the star, Owen, Granuaile, and Perun all have their unique voices, and Owen and Granuaile in particular offer serious ass-kickings to the beings foolish enough to cross them (do not upset a cranky Irish man or the Fierce Druid). Long time fans will adore this book, but there is enough for new, curious readers to fall in love with these characters and hopefully buy the rest of the books in time to join Atticus on his final adventure next year. Highly recommended for anyone who loves urban fantasy, laughing, and the ultimate Druid-Wolfhound bromance. Loved it!

Amy

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