Precisely why I never liked the series. But I do like the covers. I think they are strong, attractive and mysterious covers.
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Hunted by Kevin Hearne – review
For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.
What I expected: Based upon my experience with the previous books, I expected puerile humor and sensibilities, lots of action and a great deal of juxtaposition of opposing character traits for Atticus as he uses and tosses away friends and allies in order to get himself out of trouble that he got himself into in the first place – but also continually thinks about being a nurturing caretaker of the Earth.
What I got: I got exactly what I expected. All of the above happened. Add in a bit of conversation with a dog, an illogical trap, and gratuitous head lopping, and that is the novel in a nutshell. Plus the bonus novella “Two Ravens and One Crow” at the end of the novel.
What I enjoyed: This was definitely one of my least favorites of the series. Other than the basics of an urban fantasy adventure, there wasn’t much to like for me in this one.
What I did not: I’ve always noted that I do not like how Atticus’ basic character traits are so opposing. Atticus is always trying to get himself out of trouble (usually from something he caused himself) by placing friends, allies and enemies in the way of whatever trouble is coming for him. I find that a truly unlikeable trait. Bad enough to evade the consequences of your own actions, but to deliberately place others there in your place and oftentimes not even give them the complete rundown on what is going on is just not okay. Additionally, the story is made up of one long trek overland in Europe and just didn’t have the entertainment value of the previous books.
Cover Talk: Meh. The cover is marginally attractive aesthetically. I suppose at this point, for fans there is no need for something to catch their eye, but in order to attract new readers there should be more than a great deal of muddied colors, a mysterious cloaked figure in the background, and Atticus in the foreground. It seems that the title and series treatments take up too much of the cover, but I understand the marketing behind it – I just don’t have to like it.
Recommend? Only for fans of the series. Anyone else would both be lost and probably unamused. If I hadn’t been reading this book for review, I’d have quit reading before I got to the halfway point.