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Thursday, January 28, 2016

REVIEW: Staked by Kevin Hearne

*Thanks Netgalley for the ARC!*

Staked is the 8th installment in Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles. After 2,000 years, Atticus has made more than a few enemies, especially vampire ones. Even Leif, his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a backstabber. Now the vampires, led by ancient Theophilus, have become a major problem and it's time for Atticus to kick some vampire butt. It would be great to have some backup, but Atticus' Druid allies have some legit troubles of their own.

Still marked by Loki, Granuaile must venture to attain divination cloaking measures, which leads her on several harrowing quests and more than a little soul searching. Owen, in turn, has set up with camp with werewolf love, Greta, and her pack. He's set to begin training a group of new Druid initiatives but has some nasty trouble himself involving grudge bearing trolls and an unexpected attack with dire consequences influenced by Atticus' globetrotting antics against his vampire foes. When the gang does get back together it is definitely entertaining and action packed.

I loved this book! Readers won't be disappointed as Hearne once again expertly blends action, mythology and humor into a brilliantly written urban fantasy series. While most of Staked centers around the 'vampire problem', there is plenty of set up for the impending doom of Ragnarok and having to battle Loki plus more god and goddess shenanigans.  There are plenty of laughs, thrills, and a few bittersweet moments. 

On audio, Luke Daniels gives another stellar narrative performance. His characterization and voices bring this story to life. I know other drivers thought I was losing my mind when stopped at red lights since tears were streaming down my face. I love Oberon so much! If you want to have some fun, follow the characters on Twitter: @IrishOberan @ArchdruidOwen 

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Follow the author on Twitter: @KevinHearne

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