Staked by Kevin Hearne
Iron Druid Chronicles #8
January 26, 2016 -Del Rey
310 pages – adult, fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, series
Purpose: Series Completion
From Goodreads: Iron Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne’s epic New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series, has a point to make—and then drive into a vampire’s heart.
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 Thoughts: Wow! Another adventerous tale from Hearne. I don’t want to spoil this for anyone, so I will not go into a whole lot of details. This is book 8 in the series, and like always Atticus has found himself into a deadly adventure. The blowback comes home and hits his friends, putting a strain on their relationships. I did enjoy this installment, and I am definitely looking forward to the next, and last one. This story was a bit different, as the trio are not always together. It also felt as if Hearne was bringing things to a close, knowing that this is the second to last book. This is not a bad thing, especially if you are like me and need closure. It doesn’t even effect the book in a negative way, you just know that it is almost time to say goodbye. That makes this a bit sadder than the others, but there is still a bit of fun and foolishness. Oberon is still the happy canine and Owen is still the onery mentor. If you have not started this series, now would be a good time to start.
5 stars *****