Kevin Hearne is back with the second book in his Iron Druid series and if Atticus thought that killing Aenghus Og was going to give him some peace, he has another thing coming:
Atticus is the last of the Druids, but that will change if he ever is able to find time to train his new apprentice, but it seems that he is still going to have to deal with the fallout of killing a powerful Celtic God. Now everyone wants a piece of Atticus, whether it is for Atticus to help them take out Thor (who it seems everyone hates), additional angel demons that got away from the battle with Aenghus Og, a new power struggle with the Gods now that Aenghus Og is gone or witches that are trying to move in on his territory and prove that they are even more powerful than him. Atticus is going to have a busy time on his hands and it is going to force him to ally with people he never thought he would, as who can really trust witches or anyone else for that matter. Atticus is going to have his work cut out for him and not everyone is going to survive.
This book was good, but I do not think that it was as good as the first book in this series. I found that this book was slower as it took most of the book for Atticus's war with the witches to really come to full speed and just in general there felt like there were less fight scenes within this book. For some reason I just felt like there was a lot of filler within the book that had nothing to do with the story that was portrayed on the premise. Possible Hearne is setting up the background for the next book Hammered which makes sense based on the title and how everyone seems to hate or have issue with Thor. I just wish this would have had less of a presence within this book. We also get to see how fickle Gods are once again, so if you were not a fan of the Gods in the first book then you're not going to like them in this one either. I personally like the darkness that Morrigan represents in Atticus' life and it is funny when she tries to be "kind" to Atticus.
I would like to know more about Atticus' history and some of the wars that he has been apart in and some of the journeys he has taken and really why/how he became a druid himself. And I guess this leads into my next point that I am really interested in learning more about the Druid training. I know in the first book he stated that it was a lot of studying and reading but there has to some more interesting points that Atticus could show Granuaile.
I love love the old Irish widow in this story. She is very entertaining and a subject of comic relief with her antics. I think that every interaction that Atticus has with her is either endearing or down right funny. It is amazing that she is okay with hunting the hell spawn on her front yard (or the British) and doesn't even bat an eye at it. There needs to be more people like her.
Although this book did not meet my expectations set by the first, I would read the next book in this series. This series has so many things going for it that I must continue on and hope that it returns to the greatness of the first novel. I'm actually glad I was late to join the band wagon on this series as I don’t have to wait year after year for the next book, I can just go right ahead and read more of Atticus.
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