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What a shitty ending I was view spoiler worried things between Atticus and Granuaile weren t going well and then this is what she does Way to kick a guy when he s down I know Atticus made a huge mistake with Freya, but people make mistakes I hope he finds someone who ll be happy to start a family with him and raise little Druids in the future and then Granuaile realizes what she missed out on She can rot in hell for all I care hide spoiler The only good parts were with Owen and Oberon What a shitty ending I was view spoiler worried things between Atticus and Granuaile weren t going well and then this is what she does Way to kick a guy when he s down I know Atticus made a huge mistake with Freya, but people make mistakes I hope he finds someone who ll be happy to start a family with him and raise little Druids in the future and then Granuaile realizes what she missed out on She can rot in hell for all I care hide spoiler The only good parts were with Owen and Oberon Even though I adore Atticus I was so over him blaming himself for every bad thing that happened in the past Editing from one star to two stars after 8 hours of sleep and some time to think about it I did really enjoy parts so I can t rightfully rate this one star The ending has such a huge impact on my overall feeling of a book, though, and I just thought the battle was anticlimactic, rushed and the ending was completely awful Sooo not a way to finish a series, one that was an all time favorite of mine What the heck happened to this series I ve looked at the earlier books, and they re so good Is Mr Hearne even writing this Has the person who s writing this read the earlier books Where are the Gun wielding Draugar from book 5 Fand s rebellion, a MAIN hidden plot thread of an entire 2 3 book arc remember Atticus almost dying to a Manticore , the issues with Pandamonium , is fixed by having a chair destroyed That s it All she wanted is a chair destroyed What the hell And now she s de What the heck happened to this series I ve looked at the earlier books, and they re so good Is Mr Hearne even writing this Has the person who s writing this read the earlier books Where are the Gun wielding Draugar from book 5 Fand s rebellion, a MAIN hidden plot thread of an entire 2 3 book arc remember Atticus almost dying to a Manticore , the issues with Pandamonium , is fixed by having a chair destroyed That s it All she wanted is a chair destroyed What the hell And now she s dead, so we don t even deal with that Owen s sections were good The rest was a disturbing mix of complete childishness Oberon s sections were good comic relief, but now there s entire chapters devoted to trips to the store to make the dogs a special meal, as opposed to a paragraph or too , and odd SJW preaching seriously, the hell summoner in Poland is a very angry Pimpled teenager, and it s good he s dead because he ll be happier that way than alive If you told me another author wrote books 6 9, I would believe you I m amazed, satisfied, filled with humor and equal dismay wail This is the end of the Iron Druid The story of Atticus is done wail Fortunately, this last book is a wildly good ride, featuring a better Hel and Loki from some movies we ve seen, a Ragnarok with full pantheons of the Greek and the Fae on board, as well as a number of great cameos from Jesus, Coyote, and the Monkey King.This is one hell of a big blowout and it s time for Atticus to account for starting it.And then there s the Oa I m amazed, satisfied, filled with humor and equal dismay wail This is the end of the Iron Druid The story of Atticus is done wail Fortunately, this last book is a wildly good ride, featuring a better Hel and Loki from some movies we ve seen, a Ragnarok with full pantheons of the Greek and the Fae on board, as well as a number of great cameos from Jesus, Coyote, and the Monkey King.This is one hell of a big blowout and it s time for Atticus to account for starting it.And then there s the Oak Druid s sloth I can t tell you how much I love her I think Owen Atticus s old teacher is a pretty awesome dude Hopping around the trees with his new friend and talking about bananas as power pills for monkeys is pretty sweet Especially as an aside DURING THE WAR TO END ALL WARS I can see why the series needs to wrap up but it doesn t stop me from being sad I am actually very satisfied with how it turned out As someone else has already said This book deserves all the wags WHAT A BITCH That is the main thought that is continually running through my mind as I sit here and think about the ending to this series THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.Do not go on if you have not read the book Yes the series had to end.Yes the series might have even gone a book or two passed where it should have ended.Yes Atticus screwed up.Now that those things are out of the way, so the f what He is human well, for the most part He has lived an EXTRAORDINARILY long WHAT A BITCH That is the main thought that is continually running through my mind as I sit here and think about the ending to this series THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.Do not go on if you have not read the book Yes the series had to end.Yes the series might have even gone a book or two passed where it should have ended.Yes Atticus screwed up.Now that those things are out of the way, so the f what He is human well, for the most part He has lived an EXTRAORDINARILY long life Of course there are going to be mistakes in that lifetime And because of who he is and the power and abilities that he has those mistakes are going to be a LOT bigger than things that you or I could screw up Well, in this I am talking about normal people not psychopaths or serial killers It only stands to reason that if he dealt with deities, the Fae, the gods from every Pantheon, Jesus, Coyote and that s only in this book on a normal basisthat when he screwed up it was going to be a doozy Am I excusing things Not really One of Atticus greatest traits is that he has a wonderful heart He TRIES to do the right thing He is also self aware and KNOWS when he has screwed up And he definitely screwed up quite a bit Those without conscience are those who have no guilt And we all know that Atticus felt guilta whole heaping amount of it.Okay so enough about that He screwed up and he was dealt with.severely I can almost understand that well, even that pissed me off, but I get itsort of Does it make me happy no But, he didn t complain, he didn t make excuses, he took what he thought was his due What pisses me offthan I can even put down in words is the unbelievable actions of THAT BITCH Granuaile Atticus did everything for her He trained her, he took care of her, he LOVED her, he brought her into his life and how does she repay that On the day that his ENTIRE life falls apart, she leaves him And because that is not shitty enough, she can not even stay with him until the gods of the Pantheon have left him and he is safe She leaves him wounded and bleeding and armless in enemy territory with the people who hurt him and those who allowed it so that she can go home to HIS home and get some of his things to pour salt in the wound She makes it clear that on this day, the worst day of his life that he cannot even go back to HIS HOME He is trying to be tough he has to be in unspeakable pain and he is trying his best to not show weakness in from of the asshole Pantheon gods I m sure all he wanted at that point was to go home.where he felt the safest to be able to lick his wounds and try to figure out what the heck just happened What a freaking selfish bitch She leaves him, without a place to go without even making sure that he will safely make it to wherever he ends up going Oh my gosh it makes me mad just typing this The freaking nerve of her And why Because she s pissed off that he cared enough about her to try to keep her safe Oh the horror He loved her enough to try to protect heryep he definitely should have been shot for that To be forward thinking enough to try to prepare for the contingency that if he died which he fully expected to that his death would not be the end of the Druids Ugh I wish she had died in the battle.The sad thing is that if she didn t love him any, well, life happens If she didn t want to be with him then she had every right to break up with him I m not arguing that at all She could do whatever she wanted to do regarding the relationship But my goshCOMMON DECENCY , geez, even just common courtesy, would entail at least helping him Getting him somewhere safe and taking care of his wounds Wouldn t you do that for a friend She was so freaking self centered that all she thought about was her PETTY issues Her timing SUCKED she really must have hated him.He loved her so much that he thought about a future with her children with her but he wasn t selfish enough to think that it was possible because he knew that she still had a lifetime ahead of her He CARED enough about her to think of HER needs and she didn t even LIKE him enough to make sure he was safe And then, she has the freaking gall to pop in while he is STILL in the clothes with blood on them and give him his things and say See ya And then she left to go back to HIS HOUSE What a bitch A selfish, spoiled, uncaring horrible person Unbelievable.I was trying to think if I ever remembered Atticus crying We all know that he has had so many things happen to him in his lifetime he has lost so many people that he loved and cared about and he has had to deal with pain regularly, but she hurt him Badly He cried for her, for what she did to him And then she had the audacity to say maybe later things will be different Who the hell does she think she is No fuc g way Ugh, I could go on, but I am even irritating myself If my family or my kids saw this post they would be in shock I do not cussat all, ever But, for some reason I can not even think of words that are strong enough for what I am feeling I truly am even shocking myself.In retrospect, Kevin Hearne has done a really great job as a writer if he can invoke such feelings from me with his characters I guess that in these past few years, that I have developed a great sense of admiration for Atticus and his trials and tribulations I respect him and love the relationship that he has with those he cares about especially Oberon I suppose that my feelings of hurt came out of the blue and I was hurt FOR Atticus That when it comes right down to it is the result of a great writer who has developed an even greater character I will miss the two of them Atticus and Oberon I will also say that if Mr Hearne ever does decide to write a continuation of their story, or even a novellaDON T YOU DARE INCLUDE GRANUAILE I for one, will never forgive those actions and I would hope that if there is any future, it shows how Atticus was able to overcome the atrocities that were done to him and ends up with an even better life than he ever had before That would be the greatest revenge ( DOWNLOAD BOOK ) ♶ Scourged ♃ Kevin Hearne creates the ultimate Atticus O Sullivan adventure in the grand finale of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles an epic battle royale against the Norse gods of AsgardUnchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, aka the Apocalypse, upon the earth They ve made allies on the darker side of many pantheons, and there s a globe spanning battle brewing that ancient Druid Atticus O Sullivan will be hard pressed to survive, much less winGranuaile MacTiernan must join immortals Sun Wukong and Erlang Shen in a fight against the Yama Kings in Taiwan, but she discovers that the stakes are much higher than she thoughtMeanwhile, Archdruid Owen Kennedy must put out both literal and metaphorical fires from Bavaria to Peru to keep the world safe for his apprentices and the future of DruidryAnd Atticus recruits the aid of a tyromancer, an Indian witch, and a trickster god in hopes that they ll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise There is a hound named Oberon who deserves a snack, after all Save for the introduction, this story is not fun and my least favorite to date 3 of 10 stars As someone who loves every one of the Iron Druid series This one was a disappointment I felt like Kevin Hearne just wanted the series to end and didn t care how he did it I know he says that 9 is a special number in irish mythology I know that he wanted to move onto something new Still give us a decent ending and not a mashup that felt like a first draft. Let me start off by saying I can see what he was attempting to do here When you have a nine book series hoping around the world all leading up to the end of the world, you re going to want to create and epic finally bring in all the characters met along the way Hearne just does a really poor job of executing it Several times he has massive threats neutralized swiftly and easily view spoiler 1 Midgardsormr Kills 2 sheep and then gets one shotted by Lacksha.2 Surtur One shotted by ice Let me start off by saying I can see what he was attempting to do here When you have a nine book series hoping around the world all leading up to the end of the world, you re going to want to create and epic finally bring in all the characters met along the way Hearne just does a really poor job of executing it Several times he has massive threats neutralized swiftly and easily view spoiler 1 Midgardsormr Kills 2 sheep and then gets one shotted by Lacksha.2 Surtur One shotted by ice skating yetties.3 Ice Giants Apparently repairing global warming and are left alone.4 Hell One shotted by Coyote at least Atticus was somewhat in danger during this 5 Garm Atticus fly s away and the dog just wanders off.6 Loki Snipes with arrow for most of it and then goes down easily to a characterinterested in yelling at Atticus than fighting Yes, the penultimate villain is treated like a minor speed bump what a climax ee 7 The massive army of Draugr half wander off when Hell dies, the rest when Loki dies hide spoiler Characters do die through the course of the book, but at no time does he explore the impact those deaths should have on those around them It s like he thinks just noting their deaths is enough Not to mention a lot of deaths are meaningless since deities tend to respawn.There are also various other threats that pop up that the secondary characters deal with that have little to no connection with the main plot These secondary plots are needless distractions from the main story line and also very low threat to both the characters and the world it s a plot point that these are pointless low threat events WAY too much time is spent on these side plots Also, I ve noticed thetime Hearne spends on these characters, theGranuaile, Owen and Atticus s personalities blend together and they all become essentially the same character Owen even ends up with a sloth at some point who s personality slowly morphs into Oberon 2.0.It s all so anti climactic The events entirely lack impact and peril, at no point did it feel like they had a chance of loosing This CLIMACTIC FINAL BOOK is actually the dullest in the series view spoiler It doesn t help that this is the most mean spirited of the series The retribution against Atticus at the end is entirely disproportionate to the events and comes off like a bunch of all powerful bullies beating up some helpless good samaritan good job, you did everything we asked and saved the world, time to chop off your arm for further retribution and banish you from the area ee Talk about punching down.Let s be clear on Atticus s crime 1 He killed a couple of gods at least one of which respawned as a better person 2 He broke the prophecy of the end of the world causing it to come early but also causing it to no longer kill several of the gods currently angry at him AND doing negligible damage to the world Atticus is guilty of causing Ragnarok to fizzle THE HORROR PUNISH THAT MAN It doesn t matter what you want to blame Atticus for, look at mythology, every one of those gods has done worse at some point They re hypocrites, but Hearne tries to frame it like we should be on their side for some reason Oo.Of course the best part of the book comes soon after that GRANUAILE BREAKS UP WITH ATTICUS D FINALLY Seriously she s been nothing but an obnoxious drag on the story and the characters since she became a druid hide spoiler A complete failure all around unfortunately Here s how I would fix the plot line view spoiler FOCUS A single massive battle isn t a bad idea he just spends too little time on it Have the Midgardsormr, Surtur , the Ice Giants, Hell, Garm, and Loki all start in the same place and make it clear how their forces are spreading out and gaining ground Make the ticking clock clear from the start That ticking clock could be the Midgardsormr, that they need to get to it before it gets too large to stop Important Either make the whirling blades not a one shot kill on thepowerful creatures gods or find a way to write them out The Midgard serpent isn t a threat if, no matter how big it gets, it dies if poked This goes for the other ultimate weapons too, like Atticus s sword.By all means bring in all the characters he s met along the way, it s a great idea, but give each a little better match for their skill sets to let them shine The Yeti should be fighting the armies of ice giants, Brigit should be fighting Surtur with other fire resistant characters, Give Garm to bear form Owen and the werewolves, ext.It should feel like the end of the world, the combined forces of the magical world should be slowly loosing ground HUMANS SHOULD FIND OUT Let average humans displaced by the advancing armies, join the fight, let the military s from around the world join the fight Humans fighting along side the deities they d stopped believing in This would give the impact of how huge an event this is and how, even if they win, the world will be very different after I d personally have Granuaile die in some noble sacrifice way If I was doing this, I would have it that as the combined forces of Earth beat back Loki s, it would become clear that they aren t going to be able to stop J rmungandr as it s taken too long and it s gotten too big, and it s poison halts their advance When all seems lost, the potential hook for a future new series shows up Lucifer unleashes Leviathan on J rmungandr You get an awesome Kaiju fight and you get a glimpse of the evendangerous threat for the future of the possible Christian Armageddon Lucifer appearing as a savior could also kick off an increased worship of him speeding up Armageddon s approach Lucifer cults being possible future antagonists Back on Even footing, as Leviathan and J rmungandr fight, Atticus fights Loki Unknown to Loki, though, the sword Aticus Wields is not one of the Druid blades, but H fu , Heimdallr s sword, the one that had been prophesied to slay Loki In the end the the Allies win, but are left a damaged and changed world.Also, either leave out the part where the gods fight an exhausted and powerless Atticus to chop off his arm, or make it afair fight Baring that, at least make those around when it happens recognize it for the dishonorable and punitive act of childish vengeance that it is Maybe put it in front of the human forces so they can see the cruelty of the gods, balancing out the increased faith.This leaves an interesting setup The damaged world is obviously going to needdruids to help it heal, and the sudden exposure of the magical world means Aticus and Owen would likely have a bunch of new recruits A resurgence of several religions would results in a lotinteresting powers and clashes in the future Experimental new religions, extinct ones, or previously fictional religions could pop us as well as a results of the new spiritual age Depending on how far into the future you want to step for the next series, this could also calm down again as Technology recovers, the scars of the battle heal, and new generations are born hide spoiler This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I loved this series I recommended it to anyone who would listen Not anyI cannot adequately describe how frustrated, angry, and betrayed I feel over the ending I HATE IT.HATE Oh, it s cleverly done Everything was fixed in the end It s all neat, tidy, and incredibly unfair But Jason, it s a lesson The world isn t fair, it s his only way out, and maybe there s hope for peace and happiness so says Jesus It was prophesiedWell, fuck that noise They re worthy goals, to be s I loved this series I recommended it to anyone who would listen Not anyI cannot adequately describe how frustrated, angry, and betrayed I feel over the ending I HATE IT.HATE Oh, it s cleverly done Everything was fixed in the end It s all neat, tidy, and incredibly unfair But Jason, it s a lesson The world isn t fair, it s his only way out, and maybe there s hope for peace and happiness so says Jesus It was prophesiedWell, fuck that noise They re worthy goals, to be sure, but you violated the social contract, Kevin You give us a scrappy, just tryin to make it kind of guy who kicks arse but runs away since he s been alone for 2,000 years and massively outgunned on every front, and then teach him a lesson at the very end after he s won for hubris against a bunch of gods no reader likes and should have been knocked down a peg or two There s so much wrong there, I don t have the words just rage for the way it ended.UPDATE one year later spelling formatting fixes Yup Still angry The edge has dulled a tiny bit, but the deep seated anger over the ending is still red hot And he asked us to check out his next book at the end Pfft, yeah right And so it ends.For now at least.Kevin Hearne wraps up his very entertaining Iron Druid series nicely, binding together the myriad strands of myth, legend and urban fantasy that made this all so fun Like all the others, Hearne s underlying humor, some of it corny, was also in good form and for the most part, this was one of the better stories.Ragnarok has come down on us from the old Norse myths and Atticus and his confederacy of Norse, Celtic, Fae and other pantheons team up to put Loki and Hel And so it ends.For now at least.Kevin Hearne wraps up his very entertaining Iron Druid series nicely, binding together the myriad strands of myth, legend and urban fantasy that made this all so fun Like all the others, Hearne s underlying humor, some of it corny, was also in good form and for the most part, this was one of the better stories.Ragnarok has come down on us from the old Norse myths and Atticus and his confederacy of Norse, Celtic, Fae and other pantheons team up to put Loki and Hel back in their place.Beginning with a summary of the story up to this point, touching on the high points of the earlier books and shorter works, Hearne begins his tale with Atticus, Granuaile and Owen all over the globe handling this international and otherworldly event Rounding up help for the epic clash was a big part of the first part of the book and in doing so, Hearne revisited many of the series most memorable and intriguing characters This almost had the feel of the last Seinfeld episode, and there was almost even an allusion to the soup Nazi but that could also just be me casting my own thoughts on a scene.I ve really enjoyed the series, Hearne s writing and his imagination He s done a lot for the urban contemporary fantasy sub genre and has become one of my favorite authors Is it really the end Say it ain t so