Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #5Publication Date: November 27, 2012
Page Count: 368
Rating: ★★★Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.
Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge—but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.
12 years later...
I love the cover for this; it's so nice to see Granuaile on there. And it was great to be back with the trio again (adding in Oberon, of course) but I have to say this was probably my least favourite book in the Iron Druid Chronicles so far.
I don't know if maybe it was me not paying close enough attention or if it was just a bit all over the place, but I spent much of the book a bit lost and confused, if I'm honest. Just sort of letting the words wash over me rather than fully comprehending them. And whereas I usually like Hearne's little sojourns off into different mythology stories, this time they felt more self-indulgent and a bit teacher/student-y... if that even makes any sense. I felt like I was being taught mythology rather than living it through the characters. Still incomprehensible? Oh well, I tried.
I'm also somewhat confused about Granuaile and Atticus. At one particular point I'm not sure if I was meant to read something between the lines, or...what. And that's annoying because that's what I was hoping for most of all—development between those two. I mean, it's been twelve freakin' years, people!
Anyway, the plot follows Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon as they try to find a safe a quiet and place to bind Granuaile to the earth as a new Druid. The ceremony will take three months to complete (it involves extensive tattooing), so it's important to find somewhere they won't be interrupted. Easier said than done as people seem to have cottoned on to the fact that neither of them are, in fact, dead as they led everyone to believe, which is something a few people would like to swiftly rectify.
I was nice to see Granuaile's badassery on display. She's going to make an awesome druid— she's had an awesome teacher, after all— I just still wanted more in terms of character relationship development. I've been saying this same thing since book one and now at book five I'd really got my hopes up that it might happen, but was ultimately left unsatisfied again. So that may well be another reason I'm slightly underwhelmed by this instalment.
But, hey, it's got Oberon. The only mind-speaking druid ninja dog in existence. So what more do you want?
3 Stars ★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.