by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Del Rey, 2011
Synopsis: Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.
With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.
<Oh.> Oberon looked at me. <I know that has to make you sad. But call to me instead, Atticus. I’ll always answer. Your fly has been open all this time, by the way, and Granuaile hasn’t said a thing.>
Thanks, buddy, I said silently as I tried to surreptitiously zip up my jeans.
<See? I got your back AND your front. I deserve a treat.”>
“…they’ll have to bring in Mulder an’ Scully, because there ain’t no CSI on the planet that’ll ever be able to explain this.”
What worked for me:
- Once again, Oberon is a great character.
- As the above quotes show, there’s humor and snark which I like.
- Coyote is an interesting and powerful character.
- The author does a good job with many different mythologies and giving his own twist.
What didn’t work:
- I understand the slang is supposed to show Atticus blending in, but some of it’s silly.
- I don’t feel a connection to these characters–other than Oberon…lol.
I probably won’t pick up the next book in this series right away. I have other series I enjoy more right now.
Have you read this series? How do you feel about it? Should I pick up the next book and read it right away?!!