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Archdruid Owen Kennedy and his sloth, Slomo, are off to see the world when Coriander, Herald Extraordinary of the First among the Fae, interrupts to ask for the tiny favor of solving a supernatural murder. That sets the pair off on a trail that leads from Granada, Spain, to London, England and then to Austin, Texas. Owen and Slomo will have to outwit an Irish goddess of wisdom, some nasty spriggans, and streak across the Kew Gardens to find the culprit. They're going to see the world after all - just not the way they thought.

This collection also includes other Iron Druid stories. "The Chapel Perilous" has long been a reader favorite and is finally recorded here by Luke Daniels for the first time. "The Naughtiest Cherub" is narrated by Loki and takes place directly before the events of Scourged, Book 9. "The Waters" is narrated by Granuaile and takes place after the events of Scourged. And "Friendly Emily" is a piece of science fiction that appeared in Fireside magazine.
 

©2019 Kevin Hearne (P)2019 Kevin Hearne

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Please, please don’t go political!

Love the series! However, I will have to pass on future books if you intend to make them political. The last 20 minutes of this book was obnoxious and felt like a lecture from the uneducated.

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Preachy and “woke”

If you like authors who spend time creating a character you can love to only end the series by vilifying them in a political “woke” style of feminism and all the while be preached to how horrible humans are in every way possible, then this book is for you. Otherwise, you’re better off letting this author fade into the distance.

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My goodness, stop with the political lecture

As the Iron Druid series progressed, Kevin's political view became apparent. As he expressed more of his views, the books became harder to enjoy. It was the investment in the story and the characters that kept me coming back. this story, as a stand alone, was impossible. Sorry Kevin...... you have lost me. sit in your liberal bubble and keep preaches to us simple folks.

Note to author: Kevin, i am assuming you live in a mud hut somewhere using wind power and spending your days replanting forests...... oh wait, you write and have printed stories on paper derived from trees that were cut down by greedy capitalists who only want to make a dollar by plundering the earth, Hate to break it to you... you are a capitalist that uses the earths resources like the rest of us...so just write stories and leave the your politics to CNN

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why go political?

This has been a fantastic series and I have enjoyed every bit of iron druid I can get my hands on till this political dissertation. there has never been any doubt where the author's political leanings lie but this blatant rant feels like an attempt at capitalizing on the iron druid brand and its followers to spread his personal political views. I am sorely disappointed and feel taken advantage of.

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Luke Daniels is far better than the story deserves

The stories are mildly amusing, but Luke makes them better. Without him, it's annoying political monolog. I miss the original Iron Druid that was a fun story. The only reason to get any hearne book is to hear the amazing performance Daniels has to put into them. The guy is one of the best voice actors.

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Slomo Annoying

While I appreciate the literary device being used to rejuvenate Owen's attitude toward life, I do not like the character used to bring this about. Slomo may work on paper, but especially not in audio, at least for me. Owen's transformation from hard-edged, crass, and bitter to one appreciative of everything is too quick.

I suppose Luke Daniels did the best he could with the written material but I think this was his weakest effort (on a character) yet. Listening to that slow whinny voice drove me nuts and I could not wait for Slomo to shut up. And for Owen to constantly have to give him energy to get things done faster seems dangerous for him - he might need that extra bit of energy during a key battle.

Oberon is an outstanding character and one that still brings a laugh or smile to me when listening to him. Orlah (not sure of this spelling since I listen to the audio books), is a sweet character, befitting of Granuaile (I looked that spelling up), and Starbuck is OK as well, but Slomo, please NoMo. Give Owen a better companion.

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Too preachy even for this liberal

Loved the Slo-Mo story. Love Luke Daniels narration. But damn, Kevin, back off a bit with the heavy handed environmentalism. I read fantasy fiction to escape reality not be hit over the head with it. Skipped the last 2 stories after the first minute or so. Bummed.

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Iron Druid & Unrelated Political Short

Fans of The Iron Druid Chronicles will enjoy most (possibly all) the stories in this collection of shorts. The Iron Druid ones are very much in the vein of the rest of the stories (full length or short) in that series and as enjoyable as the rest of them are, but the unrelated short may disappoint Hearne fans with its rather blatant political stance and can be skipped for those who want to just hear Iron Druid related stories they may not have heard/read before.

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A nice cap off.

I really enjoyed the main story here in. The others were a little different. The main story featuring Owen was a very nice addition to his character. as we didn't have as much time with him as the other main characters of the series, I thought it was a nice growing experience.
The other stories, one could say vignettes, were more thought-provoking than anything else.
Others have stated, this book is more "political", but I don't think that's the right word. The author uses this collection of stories to more thoroughly express the sentiments he's shown through most of the iron druid books. I find it sad that so much of the audience doesn't understand that.

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Delightful

Absolutely lovely little short stories - most I hadn’t read before or seen elsewhere. I love spending more time with Owen and the others. This felt like hanging out with friends you only get to see every couple of years but are always happy and contented to spend time with. If you haven’t read any of the Iron Druid chronicles - go back to those before reading this or you’ll be both a bit confused and spoiled.

Note: to all who freak out about the politics in these review - have you not read the series? The whole thing is about Druid bound to the earth. Like book one. Please don’t let those naysayers keep a new reader from picking up the series

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  • 06-21-19

Excellent return to the world of the Iron Druid.

I finished this anthology within a couple of days. I couldn't put it down. It's wonderful to experience the viewpoints of so many of my favourite characters and some who haven't had their POV narrated. What really makes this a five star anthology is the authors notes at the beginning of the stories to give some insight into the inspiration for them. All I can't say now is, more please!

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More Slomo Plz

Slomo Is such a delight...Please write more for us about her and Owen :)