Monday, 23 January 2017

Book Review: Two Ravens and a Crow by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid #4.5)

Atticus O’Sullivan is back in an all-new, action-packed, laugh-out-loud novella from the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods.

Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon—and he must also leave his sword. The Morrigan has always taken extreme pleasure in pronouncing the Druid’s mortal danger and imminent doom, so the fact that she won’t reveal the purpose of their journey makes him very nervous. Of course, any time the Celtic Chooser of the Slain drops in unannounced, it’s never good. When she does let slip that she’ll be saving his life in the near future, Atticus is left to wonder . . . will he soon be giving his legions of enemies something to crow about?

My Review: 
There are a lot of short stories and novellas in the Iron Druid series. Some can be read for fun and some can be skipped as they are set in the distant past with no real relevance to the current storyline. I would recommend that fans of the series DO read this one as it is enjoyable and does fit into the current storyline. Besides a road trip with The Morrigan is always going to be fun!

Six years after the last book, The Morrigan suddenly arrives and decides it is time that she fixes the damaged tattoos that Atticus has-and Atticus is worried that this is an omen of his impending doom. As you do! The process takes time, during which Atticus sees a different side to his scary guardian. But when she announces that they are going to a secret meeting to sort a few things out over dinner, Atticus wonders if he is being served up on a plate to his Asgard enemies.

I really enjoyed this story as I love The Morrigan! It was quite sad to hear her admit that it bothers her not to have any friends and Atticus offers to take her to some baseball games where she can enjoy the despair of badly playing team members! I liked seeing the more vulnerable side to her and seeing a bit of a bond forming between them. I want to see them at a baseball game in a later book! That would be fun...It was also funny to hear her quiz Atticus about his relationship with Granuaile and Atticus tries to explain about his guilt ferrets!

Morrigan- "What are guilt ferrets?"
Atticus- "They're bastards. They cling to your neck and tickle and bite and generally make you miserable, which is a pretty good trick for a metaphor."
They were also impervious to logic, perhaps their most diabolical power.”

There was some good action in this book as the truce meeting with Odin manages to go wrong in spectacular but amusing style leading to a good chase scene with The Wild Hunt. I very much enjoyed this novella and it does bring this part of the Norse storyline to an end.  

Read November 2016.
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  1. This one sounds fun. I must learn more about these guilt ferrets.

    1. I get guilt ferrets when I feel I should or shouldn't be doing something! It gets into your brain and gnaws away at you like a furry animal with teeth!

    2. OMG! I get those all the time!

    3. I loved having Atticus talk about it...I so get it!