Scourged (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #9)by Published 03 Apr 2018
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Kevin Hearne creates the ultimate Atticus O’Sullivan adventure in the grand finale of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles: an epic battle royale against the Norse gods of Asgard.
Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, a.k.a. the Apocalypse, upon the earth. They’ve made allies on the darker side of many pantheons, and there’s a globe-spanning battle brewing that ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan will be hard-pressed to survive, much less win.
Granuaile MacTiernan must join immortals Sun Wukong and Erlang Shen in a fight against the Yama Kings in Taiwan, but she discovers that the stakes are much higher than she thought.
Meanwhile, Archdruid Owen Kennedy must put out both literal and metaphorical fires from Bavaria to Peru to keep the world safe for his apprentices and the future of Druidry.
And Atticus recruits the aid of a tyromancer, an Indian witch, and a trickster god in hopes that they’ll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. There is a hound named Oberon who deserves a snack, after all.
"Scourged (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #9)" Reviews
I'm amazed, satisfied, filled with humor and equal dismay.
*wail* This is the end of the Iron Druid. The story of Atticus is done. *wail*
Fortunately, this last book is a wildly good ride, featuring a better Hel and Loki from some movies we've seen, a Ragnarok with full pantheons of the Greek and the Fae on board, as well as a number of great cameos from Jesus, Coyote, and the Monkey King.
This is one hell of a big blowout and it's time for Atticus to account for starting it.
And then there's the Oak Druid's sloth. I can't tell you how much I love her. I think Owen (Atticus's old teacher) is a pretty awesome dude. :) Hopping around the trees with his new friend and talking about bananas as power pills for monkeys is pretty sweet. :) Especially as an aside DURING THE WAR TO END ALL WARS. :)
I can see why the series needs to wrap up but it doesn't stop me from being sad. I am actually very satisfied with how it turned out.
As someone else has already said... "This book deserves all the wags!"
I award this book 1 billion wagging dog tails for a fulfilling, unexpected finale to what has been one of my favorite series.
Remember a few books back when Atticus, ignoring the advice of his good friend Jesus, made a few poor decisions and set off the events of Ragnarök? It's time to pay the piper.
Told in quick, shotgun-blast chapters from the viewpoint of Atticus, Owen, and Granuaile, the events of Scourged cover a relatively short period of time -- perhaps even less than a day. (Can anyone verify this for me?) As Loki initiates the violence of Ragnarök, other baddies around the world decide to take advantage of the chaos to wreak a little havoc of their own. The three druids and some heroes of world pantheons rise up to meet them, culminating in an epic battle against Loki.
(You will snicker a little at the wager that the gods and goddesses have going on who will be the one to finally slay Loki.)
Several figures from the past play a part in the finale, but the hounds are noticeably absent. Hardcore Oberon fans will miss him, but who brings their pet to the battleground? Not Atticus. Don't forget to read Oberon's Meaty Mysteries if you need a hit.
And speaking of animals, Owen makes his own furry friend, and I keep thinking about it throughout the day and internally squeeing a little.
For a fun fantasy romp of a series, it doesn't shy away from harsh losses and the need for atonement. Not all of the good guys make it out alive, and not all of the living survive unscathed. Atticus is forced to reckon with the knowledge that he is responsible for much of it.
The series did not end the way I anticipated it, and I doubt many other readers will see the ending coming, either. I'm pretty confident this is the last book Mr. Hearne has planned for Atticus. But you still see future adventures for him off in the distance, and can imagine him and his doggos off saving the world and speaking in the Irish accent he has reclaimed for himself.
ARC received via Netgalley
WHAT A BITCH.......
That is the main thought that is continually running through my mind as I sit here and think about the ending to this series.
***THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.......Do not go on if you have not read the book******
Yes - the series had to end.
Yes- the series might have even gone a book or two passed where it should have ended.
Yes - Atticus screwed up.
Now that those things are out of the way, so the f***what? He is human (well, for the most part). He has lived an EXTRAORDINARILY long life. Of course there are going to be mistakes in that lifetime. And - because of who he is and the power and abilities that he has - those mistakes are going to be a LOT bigger than things that you or I could screw up. Well, in this I am talking about normal people - not psychopaths or serial killers. It only stands to reason that if he dealt with deities, the Fae, the gods from every Pantheon, Jesus, Coyote (and that's only in this book) on a normal basis......that when he screwed up - it was going to be a doozy.
Am I excusing things? Not really. One of Atticus' greatest traits is that he has a wonderful heart. He TRIES to do the right thing. He is also self aware and KNOWS when he has screwed up. And he definitely screwed up quite a bit. Those without conscience are those who have no guilt. And we all know that Atticus felt guilt...a whole heaping amount of it.
Okay- so enough about that. He screwed up and he was dealt with....severely. I can almost understand that. (well, even that pissed me off, but I get it...sort of) Does it make me happy - no. But, he didn't complain, he didn't make excuses, he took what he thought was his due.
What pisses me off - more than I can even put down in words is the unbelievable actions of THAT BITCH Granuaile. Atticus did everything for her. He trained her, he took care of her, he LOVED her, he brought her into his life and how does she repay that? On the day that his ENTIRE life falls apart, she leaves him. And because that is not shitty enough, she can not even stay with him until the gods of the Pantheon have left him and he is safe. She leaves him wounded and bleeding and armless in enemy territory with the people who hurt him (and those who allowed it ) so that she can go home (to HIS home) and get some of his things to pour salt in the wound. She makes it clear that on this day, the worst day of his life - that he cannot even go back to HIS HOME!!!
He is trying to be tough - he has to be in unspeakable pain - and he is trying his best to not show weakness in from of the asshole Pantheon gods. I'm sure all he wanted at that point was to go home....where he felt the safest.... to be able to lick his wounds and try to figure out what the heck just happened.
What a freaking selfish bitch. She leaves him, without a place to go - without even making sure that he will safely make it to wherever he ends up going. Oh my gosh - it makes me mad just typing this. The freaking nerve of her!!! And why? Because she's pissed off that he cared enough about her to try to keep her safe? Oh the horror. He loved her enough to try to protect her...yep- he definitely should have been shot for that. To be forward thinking enough to try to prepare for the contingency that if he died (which he fully expected to) that his death would not be the end of the Druids. Ugh. I wish she had died in the battle.
The sad thing is that if she didn't love him anymore, well, life happens. If she didn't want to be with him - then she had every right to break up with him. I'm not arguing that at all. She could do whatever she wanted to do regarding the relationship. But my gosh...COMMON DECENCY , geez, even just common courtesy, would entail at least helping him. Getting him somewhere safe and taking care of his wounds. Wouldn't you do that for a friend? She was so freaking self centered that all she thought about was her PETTY issues. Her timing SUCKED. she really must have hated him.
He loved her so much that he thought about a future with her - children with her- but he wasn't selfish enough to think that it was possible because he knew that she still had a lifetime ahead of her. He CARED enough about her to think of HER needs and she didn't even LIKE him enough to make sure he was safe. And then, she has the freaking gall to pop in (while he is STILL in the clothes with blood on them) and give him his things and say "See ya". And then she left to go back to HIS HOUSE. What a bitch. A selfish, spoiled, uncaring horrible person. Unbelievable.
I was trying to think if I ever remembered Atticus crying? We all know that he has had so many things happen to him in his lifetime; he has lost so many people that he loved and cared about and he has had to deal with pain regularly, but she hurt him. Badly. He cried for her, for what she did to him. And then she had the audacity to say "maybe later things will be different" Who the hell does she think she is? No fuc***g way!
Ugh, I could go on, but I am even irritating myself. If my family or my kids saw this post they would be in shock. I do not cuss...at all, ever. But, for some reason I can not even think of words that are strong enough for what I am feeling. I truly am even shocking myself.
In retrospect, Kevin Hearne has done a really great job as a writer if he can invoke such feelings from me with his characters. I guess that in these past few years, that I have developed a great sense of admiration for Atticus and his trials and tribulations. I respect him and love the relationship that he has with those he cares about - especially Oberon. I suppose that my feelings of hurt came out of the blue and I was hurt FOR Atticus. That - when it comes right down to it - is the result of a great writer who has developed an even greater character. I will miss the two of them (Atticus and Oberon) I will also say that if Mr. Hearne ever does decide to write a continuation of their story, or even a novella...DON'T YOU DARE INCLUDE GRANUAILE! I for one, will never forgive those actions and I would hope that if there is any future, it shows how Atticus was able to overcome the atrocities that were done to him and ends up with an even better life than he ever had before. That would be the greatest revenge.
What the heck happened to this series? I've looked at the earlier books, and they're so good... Is Mr. Hearne even writing this? Has the person who's writing this read the earlier books?
Where are the Gun wielding Draugar from book 5? Fand's rebellion, a MAIN hidden plot thread of an entire 2-3 book arc (remember Atticus almost dying to a Manticore?, the issues with Pandamonium?), is fixed by having a chair destroyed. That's it. All she wanted is a chair destroyed. What the hell? And now she's dead, so we don't even deal with that.
Owen's sections were good. The rest was a disturbing mix of complete childishness (Oberon's sections were good comic relief, but now there's entire chapters devoted to trips to the store to make the dogs a special meal, as opposed to a paragraph or too), and odd SJW preaching (seriously, the hell summoner in Poland is a very angry Pimpled teenager, and it's good he's dead because he'll be happier that way than alive?)
If you told me another author wrote books 6-9, I would believe you.
This was an okay end to a pretty good series. Atticus loses any and all badassedness and relies on others to solve all of his problems. Owen's parts were great and on their own would have been about a 4.5 to 5 star. But Granuaille's arc and her decision making in the end ruined her portions and character for me. As well Ragnarok seemed underwhelming for something that has been being built up for 6 books and many novellas. It is not an unearned conclusion to the series, but it isn't a welcome one