Staked by Kevin Hearne

Posted October 8, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 4 Comments

Staked by Kevin HearneStaked by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #8
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Published by Random House Audio on 01-26-16
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads

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? But poetic justice won't come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

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Staked is a great addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles. It wraps up a few things as a next-to-the-last-book in a series should but still leaves some meat on the bone for us to chew in the last installment. The story is told through three POVs, Atticus, Owen and Granuaile just like the previous book, Shattered.

Staked delivered some action, humor and a touch of sadness. Then gives us an ending with hopefulness for the future. I cannot wait to see how Hearne wraps up the series with Scourged, until then I’ll listen to The Purloined Poodle, the novella told through OBERON’s POV.



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 Colorado. He hugs trees and has been told he has unusually attractive handwriting but you should probably judge that for yourself. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: three-half-stars
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4 responses to “Staked by Kevin Hearne

  1. Okay, slight confusion here – your post title says “Shattered” and it threw me off because that’s the one I still have to read. BUT I know the review is for “Staked” so I’m totally on board and I need to get caught up. I personally thought this series would wrap up sooner but I love Hearne’s sense of humor so I’m okay with him still writing Atticus. There was one book, I can’t remember which one, that went all over the place it annoyed me, but for the most part, all of them have great. Has he gotten back to talking to Jesus? That was always funny 🙂

    • I’m glad you were confused. LOL I use a post copy plugin for series so I don’t have to fill in everything and I forget to change the book title in the post title.

  2. I’ve only read a novella from this series in an anthology, and it was so good I promptly added it to my TBR shelf… where it’s been hanging out ever since! I really, really, really need to get started, Jennifer!
    Great review 🙂