What a ride! The Iron Druid Chronicles has been one of my favorite series, but now it’s over. 🙁 I fell behind a few years ago, so I decided to binge the last three books since the final one recently released. I worried about feeling lost since it had been awhile since reading the previous book, but Kevin Hearne does a great job of refreshing the readers of the story so far. Also, I don’t listen to a lot of audio because I’m super picky and get easily irritated with voices and stuff, but this is one series I have to listen to. Luke Daniels is a narrating god! lol. Anyway, I’m going to give some quick thoughts on the three books.
This book has three main perspectives – Atticus, Granuaile, and now Owen. I adored Atticus and Granuaile as always, so I was eager to meet Owen after the way the previous book ended. I loved his gruff, crotchety ways, and how he had to deal with the new world. I often got a good laugh at the interactions between Atticus and Owen. Hell, the humor is always fantastic no matter who is involved.
There’s a lot that happens. I really like how there are three storylines following each character, yet they intertwined and eventually connect on some level. I get such a kick out of all the characters Hearne introduces us to, and the Yetties are another prime example of why.
I’m glad I saw someone mention that reading the short story in Three Slices (#7.5) is a must before reading Staked because it really is. It’s literally as if it’s the first part of this book. Anyway, Staked focuses more on the vampires and closes that storyline that began in previous books, which I was glad to see. There’s always plenty of action in these books, but this one felt like more than usual. There were some seriously devastating moments and some sad turn of events. However, it also has one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever read – it involves Owen fighting a troll. I laughed so damn hard and listened to it a few times. Overall, very satisfying installment.
There’s a lot to this finale! Let’s see, there’s … Ragnarok and all hell breaking loose. Puppies. The Monkey King and bubble tea. Owen’s apprentices. The loser of a bet has to streak. A lot of beloved characters make a cameo. Olympians. Zeus and his damn erection. 😀 More bets. SloMo the Sloth. Odin and the orgies. Jesus, man. And OMG, the Morrigan, my favorite character besides Atticus and Oberon View Spoiler »that conversation between her and Atticus made me extremely giddy! SHIP! « Hide Spoiler. Plus so, so much more.
I was a bit conflicted towards the end with how it seemed to be wrapping up, but ultimately really happy with the way it did. Each book in this series absolutely delivered from beginning to end with wonderful and unforgettable characters, amazing storytelling, and an abundance of laugh out loud humor. I will miss it immensely. You will always be my first true book boyfriend, Atticus!! ♥