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.
Atticus is congratulating himself for finding a solution at last to the Bacchus problem but is shocked to discover that Artemis and Diana have joined forces to kill him and Granuaile, with only The Morrigan coming to aid him in battle, as her agreement with Atticus provides. When she tells them they cannot shift and the only choice is to run, they take her advice and have to flee across the whole of Europe to try and seek safety in an English forest where an ally lives. It is a long journey and they still have to worry about dark elves, Loki, vampires and how to get across the English Channel with Greek and Roman water gods perhaps assisting the Goddesses.
"Side effects from doggie joy may include face lube and leg humping."-Oberon
Atticus is pretty shocked by the events at the start of the book as he had never planned to upset the Greek or Roman Gods yet somehow, he managed it. Not being able to shift and evade means that the only option left is to run, using the earth to keep their strength up, and hope for help from allies. The help is going to come from a couple of surprising places as Odin agrees to assist with the dark elf problem while Leif tries to warn of danger ahead-but can they both be trusted? He is more reassured by Malina's coven in Poland doing what they can to stop Loki from causing mayhem everywhere if Atticus will help them with a vampire problem later. Others with an interest in Atticus are trying to get rules set out for the chase to ensure it is fairer but nobody is able to call the goddesses off.
I thought that just running endlessly across Europe might get boring but I didn't find that at all. Instead of relying on being able to shift out of trouble, Atticus instead has to use every bit of guile and Druid magic that he has to try to save himself and his companions. It was also nice to get a bit of travel tourism along the way although Oberon was more interested in sausage sampling! Oberon is still able to bring the humour but there is a sense of danger and impending doom hanging over the trio as they flee for their lives. It is like the games you would see in the old Greek mythology films where gods try to manipulate the game in favour of their champions.
"Poodles would demand a Hump Me Oberon."-Oberon
Something horrible happens in this book which did bring tears to my eyes as I wasn't expecting it to happen. Darn you Kevin Hearne! It was a very touching and emotional scene that was beautifully written and gave me an ache in my chest. If you've read this book, you will know what I am talking about but please don't put any spoilers in the comments as a few friends have not started the series yet and I don't want anything spoiled for them. Barb, Oberon is ok, just thought you'd need some reassurances!
Details on this book have to remain limited as I don't want to spoil what happens but there are a couple of interesting twists, new enemies to fight and a hint of changing storylines to come. It was interesting to see Atticus being hampered by having his transportation options cut off from him and I liked seeing him having to adapt and use other resources as well as every ally he can find. I enjoyed the mixture of different mythologies in the book and as usual great character interaction. The series continues to deliver.
Read November 2016.