Staked by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #8
Published by Del Ray on September 13, 2022 (originally January 26, 2016)
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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When a druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.
As always, Atticus wouldn't mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it's not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki's mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.
As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City?
Three druids. Three adventures. Three magical fae stakes. But all roads lead to Rome.
The Iron Druid Chronicles series plot is drawing in tighter and more intense as Atticus and his allies are aligning against Loki and those who have sided him when, in the near future, the crazy god unleashes Ragnarok on earth and the other plans. First there are a few loose ends that face the druids and a great price is extracted before all is said and done.
Staked is the eighth of the Iron Druid Chronicle novels in an urban fantasy series that must be taken in order for the storylines to make sense.
After Hunted and the short story, A Prelude to War, we see Granuaile face off with Loki and determine that she must remove his mark at all cost and we see Atticus take the advice of a seer that the escalating vampire trouble with Theophilus and Werner must be addressed before he readies for the final battle.
So, Staked opens with Atticus headed to Toronto to do what he must to bring a confrontation with Theophilus and his vampires to a head, Granuaile consulting with the Norse gods and a Polish witch coven about dealing with Loki’s mark and finding a way to hide from godseer sight, and Owen is preparing to start a new school for druidry near the Flagstaff Pack.
Staked is told in three alternating points of view- Atticus, Granuaile, and Owen. They have separate adventures through much of the book until the intense and action-packed grand finale when it’s all hands on deck.
Through much of the series, I’ve liked Atticus, but still found him annoying, too. But, since the intro to Owen, his archdruid, into the mix, I’ve found unadulterated pleasure in all three characters. In fact, this book had me feeling deep sympathy for Atticus at one moment and resentful of those who pushed all guilt and blame on him and he took all that on himself. Atticus was following the advice of the Morrigan and a powerful African seer when he did what he did and he carefully alerted others to potential danger, too. He’s made mistakes, but others are out to destroy the world or out for their own gain and he’s trying to stop all that and has over and over been in danger for it. I can’t feel he is at fault when an evil person chose a bloody, deadly action. I’ll leave that be now after having my say since this is spoiler territory.
There was an obvious tone of preparation for the end of the series even as there are current struggles all three druids are handling separately. Owen knows the big battle must be fought, but he’s putting his energy into his new apprentices and into a relationship with Greta and letting Atticus do all the running around for now. Granuaile has a big adventure first dealing with her mark and then completing a tough magical task for the Polish witches to get their help. A surprise is discovered in the fae situation which has big repercussions for Owen and draws him back into the central conflict. On a side track, Granuaile has had her step-dad’s treatment of her and his environmental indifference stuck in her craw since she was introduced and it was interesting to see that come to a head. Was revenge sweet or not all it is cracked up to be? Meanwhile, Atticus is facing off with the vampires and wondering about Leif’s friendship still and he’s working with his other allies to bring the dark fae to their side though he’s pretty sure they’d just rather end him.
I found the conversation Granuaile has with Atticus about what they will do after the war insightful and, here, for the first time, I really felt his age. Even Owen feels younger because of all that time he missed while frozen in time. Granuaile and Owen want Atticus to take on environmental superhero roles with them on behalf of the earth and his tired response irks them. He’s been at it a long time and seen so much that he just wants to be left alone and at peace. He’s been where they are and eventually had to come to terms with certain matters because he’s just been trying to survive. Of course, their point that he can go beyond just surviving is hopeful, too.
Altogether, Staked was another wonderful blend of action and twists, fun times with the hounds, and time well spent with the druids and their adventures. Looking forward to what Besieged has to offer after getting a taste of that story collection with one story added to the back of Staked as a bonus. Those who enjoy exciting urban fantasy don’t want to miss this series.
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Interviews with Kevin:
2016- Jan 28: Natfluence interview
2016-Feb 9: Fantasy Literature interview
2016-Apr 2: Eat Your Comics interview
2016-Oct 3: Tales from the Fandom podcast
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Who said “I suppose what I want is fair warning if something horrible is going to happen here. You and horrible go together like pickle spears and sandwiches. ”
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The quote for Who said “You won’t find me dealing with witches or vampires ” in Shattered is Owen.
The villain was Fand and Loki.
Observations and questions you shared from Shattered:
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- I didn’t expect to like Owen so much, but he’s a great character. I hope we’ll see more of him.
Quotes you readers shared from Shattered:
“It’s not polite to ask if a man has a big salami in his pants, okay?”
“Don’t hate the Meat Lord, Atticus. Just offer him steak sauce and words of praise.”
“The garden of sarcasm is watered with impatience.”
“I’d been pushing so hard to find harmony when it wasn’t there to be found. It was much better to be still and let it find me.”
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Mar 3: Hounded – Stephanie @ Once Upon A Chapter
Mar 31 Hexed – Lillian @ Mom with a Reading Problem
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
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