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Monday, December 28, 2020

Staked by Kevin Hearne

Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles (Book 8)

Link to Review of Book 1:

Title: Staked

Author: Kevin Hearne

Published: 2016

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Grade Level: Adult

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



Narrated by: Luke Daniels

Length: 11hrs 14min

Recommend: Yes!


Blurb (from goodreads):

When a druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

As always, Atticus wouldn't mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it's not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki's mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.

As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won't come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

My Scores:

Writing Style: Solid

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


Plot: Slow Burn

The plot was far from perfect. It has a rocky start with a small subplot that wasn’t mentioned in previous books and never really went anywhere. I do expect it to come up in book 9 (Scourged).

Future me discovers that it doesn't... whamp whamp

Also, for the majority of the novel, all our wonderfully developed characters were separated as they followed two of the main subplots. Normally that wouldn’t bother me, but in this case all I wanted was for Atticus and Granuaile to solve their problems together.

I was so happy at the end when everyone finally came together for the climax of the main plot! It was a moment I had been patiently waiting for since the end of book 6 (Hunted).


Overall: Enjoyable

It’s so much better than book 7 (Shattered), but not quite as good as book 6 (Hunted). I am determined to finish this series and I have high expectations for book 9 (Scourged). If I’m being completely honest, I also want to finish this series just so I can start reading Ink and Sigil, which I won during a Goodreads Giveaway.


Goodreads Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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