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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Hearne returns to the world of his beloved Iron Druid Chronicles in a spin-off series about an eccentric master of rare magic solving an uncanny mystery in Scotland.

"A terrific kick-off of a new, action-packed, enchantingly fun series." (Booklist)

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails - and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

But he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective - while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentice’s death will take him through Scotland’s magical underworld, and he’ll need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if he’s to survive.

©2020 Kevin Hearne (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“A terrific kick-off of a new, action-packed, enchantingly fun series...delightful." (Booklist, starred review)

“A refreshing viewpoint into an urban fantasy setting [with] touches of humor and dynamic characters ... Readers will be eager to see what happens next." (Publishers Weekly)

"Delightful! Hearne’s use of Scottish words and spellings ... adds to the story’s singular flavor. The author includes plenty of shout-outs for fans of the “Iron Druid” series [in this] tale sure to draw in new readers.” (Library Journal)

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Worst Hearne book yet

I have been an Iron Druid/Hearne fan since the early days. I love his personality as an author, Atticus and Oberon are two of my all time favorite characters, and the Chronicles were a well woven fantasy.
However even as those books progressed it seemed like Hearne strayed farther away from telling a story and more into the realm of political commentary. Everyone is entitled to their opinions whether I agree with them or not. But I do not pick up a fantasy book to be lectured on the authors political beliefs.
This story seemed ill conceived, lazy, and more of a desperate money grab than anything. The previous care and consideration you found in story and character development of the Iron Druid series is not to be found.
Save your money and reread the Iron Druid Chronicles. Or pick up one of Jim Butchers novels.

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Bit too political

Huge, I mean HUGE Iron Druid fan here. I was so excited to have this spin-off. However, it falls well short of the story of Atticus. I was hoping it would be Hearne’s lane, seeing as how his other series attempts are pretty meh as well. To top it off, he decided to throw in quite a few jabs at the current political leaders and climate.

Decent storyline, Luke was awesome as always, but it didn’t leave a very good taste in my mouth. Bring back Atticus and get rid of the politics.

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Stick to the story

The world of the Iron Druid has so many open avenues to explore. I thought these characters were great and LD narration is great (as always).
My complaint it really with Hearne himself inserting what are obviously his own political beliefs jarringly into the story. This has been an ongoing trend with his later works - Oberon endorsing the “Punch a Nazi” sentiment as an example, and this essentially ruined the final Iron Druid book. Simply inserting the author’s obvious personal political beliefs as if each character agrees with him actually detracts from the overall story and jolts the reader out of the “suspension of disbelief” necessary in any fantasy genre.
I do look forward to more of these characters, I just hope that KH can keep the “fake news” and “right wing gun nuts” commentary to his twitter feed where it belongs.

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I can't believe anyone thought this was politcal

This was delightful and barely touched on anything political. Yes the accents were over the top but that felt like part of the characters' personalities. It was laugh out loud funny. I can't wait for the next one.

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Awful narration

The audible version of this book is the worst narration I've ever heard. Luke Daniels normally does a fine job, but the accents in this narration are unintelligible. I'm British. I'm pretty used to hearing the scots accent, but after about an hour of listening, I still have no idea what the story is about. The accent also drops in and out, which is supremely grating. The other accents are also ridiculous. I've returned it and will buy the kindle version to read instead.

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a worthy successor to the Iron Druid Chronicles

As always Luke Daniels is absolutely Brilliant. Everything he reads is gold, and when it's paired with Kevin Hearne, the result is characters that feel fully alive. This was a great way to continue the ID world.

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Wonderful storyline!! Such a great potential to develop these characters and write more stories. Can’t wait to read the next one!!

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Great new characters in the Iron Druid universe!

Loving the whole new family of characters! I can't wait to see all the adventures they get up to!

The story line grabbed my interest from the very start.

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Kevin Herne does it again

Great book! Don’t listen to the other reviews about the political commentary it is seriously a couple lines and it’s barely noteworthy. I can’t wait for Kevin to build upon this world.

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Love Hearne, but...

Don’t get me wrong, the plot is good... if you can slog through the politics. While I agree that everyone should have their own voice and that everyone has the absolute right to use that voice, I also have the right to find it annoying in a fantasy book. Most writers have a blog page where they can air their views, but to shove it down our throats when we are reading fantasy for the EXPLICIT REASON that we are avoiding the politics of the day, is cruel and unjust.

Kevin, I love your writing, and I love the Iron Druid Chronicles, which is why I bought this book.... but I sort of feel betrayed by you here. Those who wield the power of the pen (especially those with a following) should know how to tread lightly. This was stomping around, and it makes me have a bad taste for your work. I find myself wondering if you were always so political and I just overlooked it??? I HATE politics! I hate discussing it. I hate hearing about it. I hate thinking about it. I live with my father who watches nothing but the “news”... but there is no such thing as news anymore, because it’s all politics. It’s exhausting... gone are the days when people could agree to disagree. Nowadays the two sides hate each other and act like having a different view makes someone monstrous. It’s all a load of crap... please excuse my language. We all need to grow up and learn to get along, accept different views, accept different beliefs, and love others for the sheer fact that we are all on this world together.

Please keep my fantasy books in the fantasy genre. I will give you another shot because I’ve loved your books for years, but I won’t keep reading reality in a fantasy genre. I want to escape this mess.
Thank you.

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