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.
“She’d made life poignant for the Irish. The terror she inspired gave peace its serenity; the pain she caused gave health its lustre; her failure to love made me grateful for my ability to do so, and I realized, far too late, that though I never did or could have loved her as she might have wished, I should have loved her more.”
Hunted takes up right after Trapped ends. Unfortunately there isn’t much plot to talk about. The entire book was him being hunted the entire book before ending it in a profoundly unsatisfying way. Hearne has his new couple running through Europe and just coincidentallyrunning into pretty much everyone of note so far in the series. Then, after all of this running, the plot just kind of finishes because everyone says it is finished because there are more pressing matters to deal with. Then, after the plot is done, the book continues on for another half hour or so doing..well.. I’m frankly not certain why he was doing what he was doing.
We’re also back to Atticus being a complete tool and asshole of a person. This time, Granuaile joins him in being this awful person, so I guess they really are well matched for each other, after all. These two are on the run, literally can’t stop otherwise they’re going to die because a prophecy said so. So what do they do? Constantly talk about wanting to have sex and joke around of course. Hearne also started experimenting with showing Granuaile’s point of view, which adds precisely nothing to this series we did not already have. Granuaile is an incredibly boring character with basically no personality other than what is needed to complement Atticus and to show she is a silly little girl who happens to occasionally be a badass.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, The Iron Druid Chronicles would be a much better tail if it was about someone other than Atticus. Hearne tries too hard to make characters likeable without thinking about their underlying characteristics. Oberon was amusing at first, but Hearne has gone way, way overboard by the end of this book with him. And Spoiler: now there are going to be two comic relief dogs… Joy.
Atticus has brought all of this hardship on his own head through centuries of shity acts. It is a shame he is bringing those close to him into this mess, and quite possibly the world as well. He acts surprised, but he really should have been slapped upside the head centuries and centuries ago. Maybe we’d have had a better story had he had.
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