The Iron Druid Chronicles

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The Iron Druid Chronicles is a series of urban fantasy novels, written by Kevin Hearne and published by Del Rey Books.[1] All the books including short stories have recorded Audiobooks narrated by Luke Daniels (for the US) and Christopher Ragland (for the UK market).

Synopsis[edit]

The series is set in our world (the first couple of books are set in Tempe, Arizona) where supernatural creatures exist, such as witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, elementals as well as various deities from many mythologies. The entire series is told in the first-person point of view and in the beginning is told exclusively by Atticus O'Sullivan (aka. Siodhachan O Suileabhain), a genuine Druid who owns and runs an occult bookshop, Third Eye Books and Herbs, as he gets embroiled in the day-to-day struggle of gods and goddesses and other supernatural creatures.

Granuaile and Owen Kennedy (arch druid to Atticus) narrate later chapters after they become a larger part of the story.

Novels[edit]

  • 1. Hounded (May 2011)
  • 2. Hexed (June 2011)
  • 3. Hammered (July 2011)
  • 4. Tricked (April 2012)
  • 5. Trapped (November 2012)
  • 6. Hunted (June 2013)
  • 7. Shattered (June 2014) [First Hardcover Release][2]
  • 8. Staked (January 26, 2016)
  • 8.5 Besieged (July 11, 2017[3]) - Nine short stories narrated by Atticus O'Sullivan (the main character), Owen Kennedy (Atticus's archdruid), Granuaile MacTiernan (Atticus's former apprentice), and Perun (the Slavic god of thunder). According to the official website, the collection is the length of a novel and should be considered 8.5 in the series.[4] The novel was announced on Twitter in October 2016 by Owen Kennedy, the fictional character from the Iron Druid Chronicles who is Atticus's archdruid.[5]
  • 9. Scourged (April 5, 2018[6]) - Final novel in the Iron Druid series.[7]

Short fiction[edit]

  • "The Grimoire of the Lamb" (IDC, #0.4) (published May 2013) A novella that appears as its own ebook. A collector buys a rare tome from Atticus.
  • "Clan Rathskeller" (IDC, #0.5) (2011) A bonus short story in the Hounded ebook. Some real gnomes serve as Santa's helpers at a shopping plaza.
  • "Kaibab Unbound" (IDC, #0.6) (2011) A bonus short story in the Hounded ebook. This was later published in Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles.
  • "Test of Mettle" (IDC, #3.1) (2011) Appears on the short stories page at Hearne's website, and in the Hammered ebook. Granuaile works on her own desert project. This was later published in Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles.
  • "Eye of Horus" (IDC, #4.1), Besieged collection (2017). Atticus shares this story early on during Granuaile's training period, in between Tricked and the novella "Two Ravens and One Crow."[8]
  • "Goddess at the Crossroads" (IDC, #4.2) (2015) A novellette featured in the anthology, A Fantasy Medley 3.[9] Also included in the Besieged collection. One night's dark encounter with the cult of Hecate serves as inspiration for Shakespeare's witches in Macbeth. Atticus shares this story during Granuaile's training period, after Tricked but before the novella "Two Ravens and One Crow."[10]
  • "Two Ravens and One Crow" (IDC, #4.5) (2012) This novella appears as its own titled ebook and in the Hunted ebook. It takes place 6 years after the events of Tricked and deals with important details between that book and Trapped.
  • “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” (IDC, #4.6) A novellette taking place a couple of weeks after the events of "Two Ravens and One Crow". It was featured in the anthology, Carniepunk (released in July 2013), and a "slightly revised and expanded version" appeared in the Besieged collection (2017).[11] Granuaile, Atticus and Oberon go to a carnival while they wait to see her mother.
  • "Gold Dust Druid" (IDC, #4.7), novelette included in the Besieged collection (2017).
  • "The Chapel Perilous" (IDC #4.8) (2013) A short story published in the fantasy anthology, Unfettered, and edited by Shawn Speakman. While framed as a story being told by Atticus to his apprentice 8 years after the events of Tricked, it involves events that occurred in 6th century Wales. This was later released in First Dangle and Other Stories (2019).[12]
  • "A Prelude to War" (IDC #7.5) (Released May 2015) Featured in the anthology, Three Slices. Also featured as an appendix in the Orbit paperback of Staked (IDC #8.) The story takes place one week after the events of Shattered. Atticus seeks out a tyromancer, while Granuaile reevaluates her weapons.
  • "The Bogeyman of Boora Bog" (IDC #8.1), in the Besieged collection. Narrated by Archdruid Owen Kennedy.
  • "Cuddle Dungeon" (IDC #8.2), in the Besieged collection (2017). Narrated by Perun.
  • "Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Purloined Poodle" (IDC #8.5) (Released September 2016) A story where Oberon solves a mystery with the help of Atticus.
  • "Blood Pudding" (IDC #8.6), in the Besieged collection (2017). A Granuaile novellette.
  • "Haunted Devils" (IDC #8.7), in the Besieged collection (2017). Narrated by Owen.
  • "Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Squirrel on the Train" (IDC #8.8) (Released November 2017) A second story where Oberon solves a mystery with the help of Atticus.
  • "The Naughtiest Cherub" (IDC #8.9), in First Dangle and Other Stories (2019).[12] Narrated by Loki.
  • "The End of Idylls" (IDC #8.9), in the Besieged collection (2017). "The events of this story, narrated by Atticus, take place immediately before the events of Scourged," (IDC #9).[13]
  • "Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Buzz Kill" (IDC #9.2) in the collection Death & Honey (2019). Oberon, Atticus, and Starbuck try to win a bet and solve a murder.[14]
  • "The Waters" (IDC #9.?), in First Dangle and Other Stories (2019).[12] Narrated by Granuaile.
  • "First Dangle" (IDC #9.?), in First Dangle and Other Stories (2019).[12] An Owen and Slomo adventure.

Reception[edit]

Reception for the series has been mostly positive,[15] with Publishers Weekly praising the first three books in the series.[16][17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SF/FANTASY, April 15, 2011". Library Journal. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  2. ^ Official website
  3. ^ Hearne, Kevin (2017-07-11). Besieged: The Iron Druid Chronicles. Place of publication not identified: Del Rey. ISBN 9780399181733. Archived from the original on 2017-04-13.
  4. ^ "Besieged". Official Kevin Hearne website. 18 October 2016. Archived from the original on 13 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Besieged Twitter announcement". Twitter. 18 October 2016. Archived from the original on 22 April 2017.
  6. ^ Hearne, Kevin (2017-12-14). Scourged: The Iron Druid Chronicles. Place of publication not identified: Orbit. ISBN 9780356504483. Archived from the original on 2017-03-22.
  7. ^ "Six more books!". Official website. 6 December 2012. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB), The Iron Druid Chronicles".
  9. ^ Kuznia, Yanni (2015). A Fantasy Medley 3 (in Spanish). Burton, MI: Subterranean Press. ISBN 1-59606-767-5.
  10. ^ "ISFDB, Goddess at the Crossroads".
  11. ^ "ISFDB, The Demon Barker of Wheat Street, Author's note".
  12. ^ a b c d "First Dangle". Official Kevin Hearne website. 13 June 2019. Archived from the original on 16 June 2019.
  13. ^ "ISFDB, The End of Idylls, Author's note".
  14. ^ "ISFDB, Death & Honey".
  15. ^ "Audio Reviews, November 1, 2011". Library Journal. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Review: Hounded". Publishers Weekly. 7 March 2011. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  17. ^ "Review: Hexed". Publishers Weekly. 18 April 2011. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  18. ^ "Review: Hammered". Publishers Weekly. 9 May 2011. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2012.