Read-along & Giveaway Kickoff: Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne @KevinHearne @luckylukeekul @DelReyBooks #BrillianceAudio @PRHAudio #Read-along #GIVEAWAY #LoveAudiobooks

Posted January 29, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Giveaway, Misc, Read-along / 35 Comments

So I am thrilled to actually be getting started READING now.  It’s sad to me I’ve been buying these on audio and wanting to read them for YEARS.  I actually scheduled a Read-along so I can get to them.  It’s a way to commit myself (and my friends.)  Urban Fantasy is my favorite genre. I do tend to read more female lead characters than males but I enjoy all well-developed characters with world-building, action and plot.

I was actually lucky enough to meet Kevin Hearne in 2016 at NOLAStorycon.  Molly Harper photobombed us!  I actually met Robin, one of my blogging team, at the event, as well as KC. KC is a friend of one of my friends and it turned out she lived in the same metro area as me.

It looks like we have a pretty equal mix of newbies (not read the series) and diehard fans.  I am sort of both having read the first book twice and being a diehard fan, but not having read the rest of the series. Plus I will give most anything narrated by Luke Daniels a chance.


Recommendation:   If you want to get reminders and keep up with the Read-along, I’m going to suggest you sign up for the Weekly digest list.  It emails on Friday which is the same day as the Read-along, so that post will be brand new and at the top. This way you only get one email per week, which is basically a digest.  You can click on any post you want to read in more detail.  Of course, you can subscribe to all the blog posts but that will be 8-10 emails a week because we post every day.  It’s all reviews,  pretty much.  Deals, sales, spotlights or cover reveals are not posted on the blog but on Facebook, Mastodon and Twitter. You really don’t need to subscribe to both lists!

You will have 4-5 weeks to read each book plus novellas. There will be games, discussion, prizes, reviews and fun with each book. Kevin Hearne has agreed to do a Q&A for the Read-along so I will be collecting questions in the rafflecopters. The prizes will include some paperbacks, digital books, audiobooks, and paperbacks through Book Depository.


Here’s your to-do list:

  1. Find your copies of these books, borrow them from a friend, get them at the library or buy them.
  2. Read the Novellas:
    1. Book #0.4, Grimoire of the Lamb. Available in ebook or audio.
    2. Book #0.5,  Clan Rathskeller.  which can be downloaded in .pdf format HERE from Goodreads (or at the end of the Hounded ebook). It is also on the audio for Grimoire of the Lamb.
    3. Book #0.6, Kaibab Unbound. It’s a bonus short story at the end of the Hounded ebook. It’s also part of Two Tales of IDC (audio).
  3. Read book 1,  Hounded by March 3.
  4. Make note of a favorite quote or two as you read the book.
  5. If you haven’t read the books before, make a list of questions you have for the discussion. If you have read them, please don’t spoil new readers.
  6. Enter the giveaways!



We are doing one book every 4-5 weeks, posting on Fridays. We will have a review for most of the books with the team here at Books of My Heart plus some of our friends.


Mar 3:    Hounded               –  Stephanie @ Once Upon A Chapter

Apr 7:     Hexed                     –  Jonetta @ Blue Mood Cafe

May 5:    Hammered           –  Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About

Jun 2:     Tricked                  –  Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

Jul 7:       Trapped                –  Rachel @ Waves of Fiction

Aug 4:      Hunted                 –   KC @ Books of My Heart

Sep 8:     Shattered               –  Berls @ Because Reading

Oct 6:      Staked                     –  Sophia @ Books of My Heart

Nov 3:     Besieged                 –  Kimberly @Caffeinated Reviewer

Dec 1:       Scourged               –   Anne  @ Books of My Heart  

Dec 17:     Q & A with Kevin Hearne     

The chat will be Sunday, March 5th

COYER Challenge is adopting our Read-along.  You can read about COYER and join that challenge or just the Facebook community chat HERE.   On the Sunday after the review posts, they will host a FB room (like we do for COYER book club) at 12 PT, 2 CT, 3 ET and 9pm Europe, for a one hour chat.   You do not have to join the COYER challenge to participate, only the Facebook group.


Be sure to enter the giveaways!!!



For US  MP3 audio copy of Hounded ,and for Intl a paperback from Book depository. The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here!)

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Grand-Prize Giveaway:

For a US / Canadian winner, this will be a full set of SIGNED trade paperbacks by Kevin Hearne.

For an Intl winner,  it will be $50 at Book Depository.  The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here!)

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About Luke Daniels

Luke Daniels has narrated over 250 audiobooks, has been the grateful recipient of thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has earned three Audie nominations. His background is in classical theater and film. Luke has performed at repertory theaters around the country, but now he resides in the Midwest with his pack.

About Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne lives with his wife, daughter, and doggies in Canada. Kevin hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling series the Iron Druid Chronicles, the Seven Kennings trilogy that begins with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS, and co-author of the Tales of Pell with Delilah S. Dawson.

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Posted January 29, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Giveaway, Misc, Read-along / 35 Comments

35 responses to “Read-along & Giveaway Kickoff: Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

  1. I met Kevin at Apollycon too! The new cover grab my attention, and probably would have me giving them a chance if I had any time to add new books to my reading list right now! I’ll be paying attention to this fun read along to get an idea about the books and if I should add them to my TBR.

  2. I’ve never met Kevin, but he’s on my “really want to meet” wish list! I’ve listened to the entire series (with the exception of a few novellas/shorts). I am excited to be re-listening with the group. I’ve even put the book chat on my calendar! Let’s Go!!

  3. Joyce Bair (megaera gryphon)

    Very excited to be part of the read along. This is my favorite series. Up until now I’ve just been borrowing them from the library but I’m now the proud owner of five of the books and plan to own the entire series by the end of the year. Just love this series and looking forward to discussing it with new and “old” fans ❤️

  4. Jerome Brownell

    Absolutely my favorite series of books.
    Never get tired of reading them.

  5. I’m really looking forward to this! I’m in-between categories; I have read the first four books (or maybe three and a half?), but bogged down after book 4 and didn’t continue the series. The fault wasn’t the books, and I always meant to get back to them, so this will be a great way to kickstart me back into the series.

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  6. I’ve read the whole series, but I don’t think I’ve read all the novellas. I think I need to read these prequels. Fun that you met Kevin! It’ll be a fun read-along!

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  7. NanaJo Crowfae

    I joke that I was his first fan that wasn’t a student or family. Hounded was brand new and being featured at my favorite bookstore in Tempe, AZ. I bought a copy, read it in one day that included a lot of the night into the next calendar day . I couldn’t stop reading. I then showed up early to make sure I had a great seat to hear this incredible author speak and read. Because I was early, and the quarters were tight, I was obligated to chat. Everyone knew him and I had to keep telling someone that no grandchildren or children had the honor of his teaching them.
    He joked and introduced himself and read a bit. He was as engaging in person as his voice on the page. Then came questions.
    When he called on me I paused and said I had a question for the audience, who else was here because of the powerful book. I asked for anyone there who only knew him as an author to raise their hand.
    I was the only one.
    Now there are tens of thousands of people who have met The Iron Druid before the jocular genius behind him.
    But I was his first, only met the Wolfhound and Druid Fan.

    Have read them all and listened to them all and have meant to do it again.

    So thanks for the excuse to start.