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Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles (2015)

by Kevin Hearne

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Two quick reads from the iron druid chronicles. A few sections in the second story was choppy but otherwise good stories. ( )
  SBShepherd | Oct 16, 2016 |
This collection has two stories, one that occurs before the events of Hounded and one that takes place concurrently with Hammered.

Kaibab Unbound
Atticus and Oberon take a brief hunting trip into the National Forest and greet the elemental Kaibab. When a trio of witches tries to steal his power, he calls to Atticus for help. They learn it is unwise to piss off an elemental.

Test of Mettle
This was an interesting story because it is told from Granuaile’s point of view. While Atticus is off raiding Asgard during book three, Hammered, two Celtic goddesses show up to test her fitness as a potential druid. I enjoyed seeing events from her perspective so much, I hope the author considers doing a full novel from her POV.

Neither story is essential to the main continuity, but both are well worth reading especially for the price. Highly recommended. ( )
  jshillingford | Jun 14, 2016 |
I really like these two short stories together, they’re both snippets into the lives of Atticus and Granuaile, certainly not necessary for the overall metaplot, they do add some nice insight

Yes, that’s exactly what I look for in short stories.

Their contrasting voices are absolutely excellent – and both unexpected but really work. Despite Atticus being two thousand years old, in many ways his voice is much less formal than Granuaile’s. But it doesn’t feel wrong – rather Atticus’s confidence and even his cockiness are part his apparent youth but also the confidence that comes with being that old, that knowledgeable, powerful within his parameters and very sure in what he does. He isn’t as overawed and bowled over as Granuaile is because he’s had millennia of doing this – and I think that shows in his voice. A young man with a lot of experience of being young

While Granuaile is a poet. And a poet who is still reeling from the amazing experience and sensation of being a new druid. He language is elaborate, awe inspired, completely overwhelmed by what is happening to her. I think her voice has been really well chosen to respect that.

Both stories also work really well in showing what a druid does and what a druid is. Atticus is doing his thing enjoying life when he, the experience druid, is summoned in to help an elemental in trouble. This is what a druid does and what their purposes. While Granuaile is facing on of the tests on her path to druidy – a test that points to what a druid should be, what values a druid should hold and what is important to a druid. Between them we get a lot of the essence of what a druid is.

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