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Urban Fantasy Review: Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Hunted by Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles #6)

Egalley thanks to Random House

Synopsis from Goodreads
For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.

Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.

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It's an another example of classic urban fantasy and an excellent read on its own, but the truth is, I'm getting tired of never-ending game of hide and seek. I miss the days when Atticus owned his shop, had a bunch of friends and a pretty waitress to ogle while they were out for a beer.

The tone of the series in general became much darker and in the process a lot of the lightness and humour which so attracted me in the beginning were lost. Don't get me wrong, it's a very entertaining series, but you do get tired of constant running and fighting for everyone's life. I also don't get why everyone is out to get the poor Druid, especially the vampires? He is only one man and he certainly follows the rule of "live and let live" as in you don't try to kill him and he generally leaves you alone. So, what the hell?

If you read Trapped already, you know that it ended with the beginning of a great chase by Olympians. Most of Hunted Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon spend running from Artemis and Diana, vampires, dark elves and Loki, which is a lot to handle. Atticus also tries to unravel the intrigues behind his back in Tir na nOg while simultaneously attempting to stop Ragnarok.

That's enough to make you head hurt.

There are couple of heart-breaking moments in the book, and a slightly bizarre few chapters from Granuaile's point of view, and while it's a gripping and action-driven urban fantasy, my rating is lower than usual because I think that the series in general took a downturn. I personally would love to see Atticus and Granuaile settle down somewhere and chill the hell out for a few years.

The only one with a stellar performance as usual is Oberon. He should get an Oscar for his "get to the choppa!" speech. Recommended with some reservations.

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Хоть шестая книга серии и читается с удовольствием, но всё-таки даю я ей оценку на полбалла ниже чем обычно, потому что я считаю, что серия как целое понемного становится хуже.

Я понимаю, что в жизни Аттикуса многое произошло, но мне не нравится насколько темнее и жёстче стали про него книги. Тот юмор и задор, которыми искрились первые три книги потерялись между схватками и постоянными погонями.

Ещё одна сторона книги, от которой очень устаёшь - это огромное число врагов Аттикуса. Как Друид он в основном придерживается правила "живи и давай жить другим", так что, если его никто не трогает, он тоже никого не трогает. Я совершенно не понимаю почему за ним охотятся вампиры? Он один, их много - его гораздо легче будет избегать, но нет! Всё вампирское население Европы за ним охотится по приказу Теофила.

Прибавьте к этому Олимпийских богов (особенно Артемиду и Диану), чёрных эльфов и Локи, и Аттикус с Грануаль от них просто не успевают отбиваться физически. Пока оба пытаются остаться в живых, Аттикус старается разузнать кто стоит за интригами против него в Тир на нОг, и остановить пришествие Рагнарока. От всего этого масштаба у читателя начинает болеть голова ещё в начале книги!

 Приготовьтесь также к двум очень печальным моментам в книге, а также к паре глав со слов Грануаль, чего в ситуации, когда Аттикус вести повествование не мог было не избежать. Единственный кто совершенно не изменился и также блещет юмором, это Оберон. Я бы вообще дала ему Оскара за его монолог "get to the choppa!" ибо это было прекрасно.

В общем, читается хорошо, но рекомендую книгу я эту сдержанно.


Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Nice review! I kind of see what you mean with the series. I only recently got caught up myself just a few months ago...still need to read this one though. But I kind of sense something like you're talking about. Thank goodness for Oberon though! ;)

Blodeuedd said...

That note about finding this elsewhere, has it happened?

Melliane said...

one day I'll read book 1!!!

Lexi said...

Aww, I love this series and hate to see it get too serious.

Aurian said...

I do love this series, and have this book on my desk. But after reading some reviews similar to yours, I am a bit hesitant at starting it. Still, I do love Oberon.

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