Author: Kevin Hearne
Published: Del Rey
Ever wondered what happened to all the Druids? Well Atticus is living in Arizona at the moment and as far as he knows is the only Druid left. You see Atticus made a deal with Morrigan the Goddess of death and because of this deal he has been alive for over 2,000 years. During that time he got possession of a powerful sword named Fragarach and now almost all of Tir Na Nog is after him.
Fragarach is no ordinary sword, it gives the person who wields it power of the wind but that is not all it can do it can also cut through any armor and has the power to make people tell the truth. Atticus has been hiding ever since he got the sword because a powerful love God named Aenghus Og who want's it all for himself and he will stop it nothing to get it even use others as pawns in his war.
Atticus has been doing pretty well so far trying to live a normal life even opening his own shop in Arizona that sales magic books to stupid college kids who think they know magic and special teas. Mortals don't know it but all the Gods and Goddesses exist and fairies are nothing like the ones you see in movies. Atticus's life is going as good as a person running from a God can be until Morrigan shows up one day flying into his shop in bird form to warn of coming danger. Morrigan warns that Aenghus Og has found him and she saw death in the wands ( a type of reading like Tarot cards) for him. Now Atticus needs a much help as he can and starts to trust people that he isn't sure should be trusted, but when an angry God is coming for you head you pull out all the stops and try to stay alive.
Thoughts: After Skeletor told me millions of times to read The Iron Druid series I finally broke down and read this book. I was not disappointed at all! I loved the all the humorous characters as well as the story line. Everything was well written and it seems to me that much research went into this project and it shows. I will be continuing the series and I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something different in the Science fiction and Fantasy genre.
Quotes from the book: “I have been around long enough to discount most superstitions for what they are: I was around when many of them began to take root, after all. But one superstition to which I happen to subscribe is that bad juju comes in threes. The saying in my time was, "Storm clouds are thrice cursed," but I can't talk like that and expect people to believe I'm a twenty-one year-old American. I have to say things like, "Shit happens, man.”
“There are many perks to living for twenty-one centuries, and foremost among them is bearing witness to the rare birth of genius. It invariably goes like this: Someone shrugs off the weight of his cultural traditions, ignores the baleful stares of authority, and does something his countrymen think to be completely batshit insane. Of those, Galileo was my personal favorite. Van Gogh comes in second, but he really was batshit insane.”