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  • Quirky and Fun

    It was so great to re-enter the world of the Iron Druid with brand new characters, magic, humour, and adventures! Hearne's charm and wit is on full display in the characters of Al, Buck, and Nadia. The story is interesting and led to some wild action scenes. Most of this story focused on introducing the characters. Buck made me laugh constantly, given his crass humour and pranks. Nadia is an absolute queen and I loved watching her dominate in fights. But the big sell is Al. He is a unique lead character with a tragic backstory. I'm totally charmed by him and want to know more about his curse and family life. The book is quick and fun and packed with unique magic I would love to see more of. Al, Nadia, and Buck made me smile, so anyone looking for a humorous urban fantasy story with a unique main character and quirky side characters. This is the one for you!

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  • 3.5 STARS

    A refreshing take to urban fantasy and magic genres. We follow Al MacBharrais, a blessed and curse man that can cast spells with magically enchanted ink which he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheon especially the Fae, who teams up with his sidekick—a mischievous hobgoblin (and probably one of my favorite characters in the entire series) to seek the truth as to why all his former apprentices keep dying from peculiar freak accidents, the secret to his curse, and the investigation to his latest apprentice’s death that will take him through Scotland’s magical underworld. This was different but a good kind of different. First of all, the lead character was unlike anyone I have read in a long time. He was older than most, (50-ish) with a curse I'm sure no one would wish for. A curse that would make anyone who hears his voice begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for him so to prevent that, he typically communicates using text or speech applications. Al does break that habit when put in situations where he or someone he knows is put in immense danger and he doesn't quite have the time to sit back and text away. Now with the plot/storyline, it did at times was a bit drawn out which I believe may have just been me attempting to decipher the dialogues here and there with the strong accents that had me saying 'whaaaaaaat?', hence the skimming that was brought upon. But the magical creatures, eccentric characters, action packed scenes, and the magic itself surely made up for it so it's a no-brainer that I'm down to read more of Al and Buck and their next adventure.

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  • Not Bad

    A nice return to "The Iron Druid" world, including a gratuitous cameo. It's a promising start to a new series, and I will certainly be following to see when the next is available.

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  • Al was great!

    I had a really good time with this book! Even though I haven't quite finished reading the Iron Druid Chronicles, I was excited to see that Kevin Hearne was writing more stories set in the same world. I had originally planned to read this book on my e-reader but I ended up with the audiobook since Luke Daniels does such a good job with this author's work. I was not disappointed. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try. This book is set in the same world as the books from the Iron Druid Chronicles. Fans of that series will be happy to be back in the world and will enjoy seeing some familiar characters but this is also a great place for new readers to jump in. I really enjoyed getting to know these new characters and found the whole idea of the sigils to be very interesting. Al is a great character. I love that he is an older guy just trying to do what needs to be done and get through each day. He takes special precautions to protect others from his curse. The more I learned about Al, the more I liked him. Buck added a nice touch to the story. I was quite entertained by this hobgoblin and thought that he added a really fun element to the story. The two of them make a great, but very unlikely, pair. I thought that the story was very well done. I was really invested in the mystery and couldn't wait to see how things would work out. The sigils added a nice element to their quest to get to the bottom of things. I found the police to also be well done. I found the book to be really exciting and quite often hard to put down. Luke Daniels did a fantastic job with the narration. I liked the different voices that he used and thought that he did an especially great job with the voice app that Al often uses. He added a lot of excitement to the story and was able to capture each character's personality in his reading. I am glad that I decided to go with the audiobook for this story. I would recommend this book to others. It was a very well done story with a new spin on some familiar elements. I cannot wait to go on future adventures with Al and Buck! I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing - Del Rey via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.

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  • Another Amazing Read

    I read the first chapter in a free preview. What a mistake. But I couldn't help myself, I love everything I've read by Kevin Hearne and I've been thinking of the book since I read that preview. I finally couldn't stand to wait another paycheque to read it. I adore the information on the Irish mythology, and how accurate the information is on making inks, the book to begin a look into human trafficking problems, the travel suggestions for when we can travel once again. The witty lines and the poem was arguably the funniest of so many funny moments. I appreciate the levity, especially when mentioning large scale societal problems that really should be dealt with. There are so many layers to any books written by this author. There's plenty of diverse characters without it seeming as though they're token characters, and weird ideas for future study by those of us who take interest, and it's inspiring to take action irl in this case against human trafficking. I also loved how there was information for both sides of this topic; those who are into certain jobs as private operators and those who are forced rather than being one sided as I find in many places. Way too much in this book to cover why its amazing, and so hard to keep out the spoilers though I hope I kept to that.

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