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Friday, November 27, 2020

Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles (Book 7)

Link to Review of Book 1:

Title: Shattered

Author: Kevin Hearne

Published: 2014

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Grade Level: Adult

-Movie Rating: R, for mild vulgar language and mild sexual content



Narrated by: Luke Daniels

Length: 12hrs 43min

Recommend: Yes!


Blurb (from goodreads):

Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

And Owen has some catching up to do.

Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.

Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

My Scores:

Writing Style: Solid

Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten some of the main details from the past six novels, there is a short synopsis of it all in the beginning of this novel.

The writing is from three POV’s, Atticus, Granuaile, and Owen Kennedy. I still feel that Atticus and Grauaile have very similar voices, but Owen’s voice is completely unique.

Characters: Memorable

Owen Kennedy is Atticus’s arch druid (like Atticus was Granuaile’s arch druid). Owen is not at all what I picture as an arch druid. He’s brash, reckless, rude, and stubborn. Although he does serve as a comedic release at times, the way he treats Atticus does not earn him any sympathy with the audience. 

Loki didn’t really earn my true hatred until the end of this novel. Until this point he was just another problem to solve. Now I want him obliterated. Therefore, I can now say that Loki is a wonderfully crafted villain. He’s creepy, tricky, and unexpectedly conniving. And I can’t wait to see how our heroines beat him at his own game.


Plot: Slow Burn

The plot was sooooo slow that at one point I came close to giving up on the series, but I pushed through just hoping for an ending that would be worth it. Thank God the ending was awesome!


Overall: Boring

Atticus is still trying to find out who among the Tuatha Dé Danann is trying to kill him and how to stop Loki from starting Ragnarök. Unfortunately, this plot line isn’t continued until chapter 20, so the majority of the book feels very slow. Luckily the ending is awesome. Because of the massive cliffhanger, I have high expectations for the next novel in the series.


Goodreads Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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