• Junkyard Druid Books 1-4: An Urban Fantasy Box Set

  • Junkyard Druid Urban Fantasy Box Sets, Book 1
  • By: M.D. Massey
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 30 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (386 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Get four fast-paced druid urban fantasy novels in a boxed set featuring magic, mystery, Celtic mythology, and non-stop paranormal action!

Meet Colin Mccool.

Reluctant druid, and sole apprentice of the last living master druid on Earth. Heir to Fionn MacCumhaill’s legacy. Hunted and feared by the Fae, and cursed with Cú Chulainn’s ríastrad. All he wants is to live in his junkyard in peace...but the gods have other plans for the young druid apprentice!

Junkyard Druid - Book 1

When a reluctant druid gets blackmailed into working for an evil faery queen, he'll walk through fire to complete one last job - come hell or high magic!

Graveyard Druid - Book 2

When the local vampire coven hires him to stop an undead outbreak at the city graveyard, it sounds like money in the bank to everyone’s favorite down on his luck druid, Colin McCool. But when you’re cursed by an ancient Fae sorceress with a score to settle, nothing is ever as it seems...

Moonlight Druid - Book 3

When a Fae child goes missing, Colin is hired to bring him back. Now he has to crack the case, all while learning to control his shifter abilities under the watchful eye of the local werewolf alpha. But with half the pack against him and enemies at every turn, will his next misstep be his last?

Underground Druid - Book 4

Colin is hellbent on bringing vengeance to the doorstep of the Fae. To do so, he’ll have to complete an impossible task to earn passage into the mystical realm of Underhill. Will he outwit the Fae and survive this deadly undertaking? Or, will he be trapped in Underhill...forever? 

©2020 M.D. Massey (P)2021 M.D. Massey

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I tried so hard to like this but I couldn’t

I just don’t understand how people could compare this to the Iron Druid or Harry Dresden series (which I love btw). I tried so hard to listen to this but I couldn’t get into it. I found a lot of the descriptions very strange/unnecessary. For example there was one scene where the main character was saying that to a guy like him a bikini is fashionable not slutty (ie l’m a guys, guys, half naked women are great) but then in another moment he was describing her expensive Louboutin shoes. I just couldn’t understand or get a sense for the character’s personality and from sentence to sentence it didn’t seem like the same person would describe something the way it was described. Add to that his never ending droning on about his dead girlfriend. We get it, it was life changing and sad but hearing his journal entries ever chapters added no value at all to the storyline and to reference every date with AJ as in after Jessie was just bizarre. I am a person who likes terrible cliché books and I just couldn’t make it past a few chapters of this. I normally will power through and hope book 2 is better but I had to return this one.

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Fun series

I’m enjoying the series. But I find the main characters habit of whining and repeatedly making the same mistakes a bit annoying. Hoping that he develops a little more maturity in upcoming books.

The narrator is pretty good, but as someone who lives in Austin Texas, somebody needs to explain to him how to pronounce the various city and area names correctly. LOL

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Ok just WTF

Four chapters in and I have no idea what’s going on. The narration is just all over the place. The author just randomly talks about mythological creatures as if the reader knows what he is talking about. And even if you did know the real mythology of these creatures apparently the author considers every creature from dragons to vampires to werewolves as fae but doesn’t explain why. Also the author tries to explain things repeatedly via flashbacks but then stops the flashback before actually explaining something. I kept stopping to check and see if maybe I had missed a book in the series. Also the narrators voice is not good for audiobooks. If your going to have accents in your story then have a narrator who can pull of accents. I’m still cringing over the narrators tough guy New York/Boston/mafia boss accent.

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Engaging story and great worldbuilding

I very much enjoyed these first four Junkyard Druid books, albeit after a bit of a rocky start. My quibbles are fairly minor. The first quibble is that this Druid's world seems to be populated entirely by women whose descriptions make them sound like Victoria's Secret models. All women in these books are stunningly beautiful with perfect asses and/or large breasts. Meanwhile, most male characters are barely given descriptions. This obsession with unrealistic female beauty standards is bothersome, but not a deal breaker.

The other quibble is the author's occasional reliance on pop culture to describe things, such as someone with magical tendrils moving "like Doctor Octopus" (a Marvel Comics villain). Not all readers will catch all of these references, and there are better, more descriptive ways to convey information.

Those minor irritations aside, I really enjoyed immersing myself in this world, and I grew to really care for many of the characters (not just the main character, Collin). I constantly had the feeling that there was always something more to be peeled back and revealed about these characters, and I loved seeing them adapt and change to their changing circumstances.

The narration was also fantastic, with the male narrator doing an especially good job of voicing the female characters without making them sound like falsetto-induced parodies of female voices. He also did an excellent job of using accents and pitch to make it easy to tell which character was speaking even if they were not identified by name in a dialog tag.

If you enjoy urban fantasy as a genre, this is well worth your time!

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Dangit.

I really wanted to like it. I really did. I don't generally allow bad reviews to keep me from things. I have strange tastes and generally like to experience and artist's growth. Also, as an Austinite, I figured it was my duty to supprt him.

Just like many things from Austin however, Massey kept the theme of mediocrity. He started strong, but his authors crutch is lost children.

Out in the middle of nowhere, lost children.
Bottome of the ocean, lost children...you get the point.

The narrator just could not seem to nail his grasp on emphasis., and tone. These things aren't easy, but after 5 books, I just couldn't take it anymore.

What's more frustrating, is the author has a solid premise, and some unique ideas. He just can't seem to bring it home. Too many crutches, and tropes.

I hope he takes what he has learned from this series and applies them to the next one. Maybe gets someone who will tell him when he's not bringing his A game.

Once again. Great potential, just not a lot of ..oomph.


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Can’t believe I just found this series

I love UF with a ballsy hero, diverse cast of characters, dark themes, and well placed humor. This series has it all. Loving this discovery.

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very good read

storyline was very good. narration was good. story is very action packed, it's a page Turner. A must have read.

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Good - But......

This series has so much potential. If you can overlook some bothersome issues, you can enjoy it. I did.

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1: The voice actor is great. He has a voice that fits the youth of the character and can do lots of different accents.
2: Great world building. Lots of texture and rational structure that makes you want to read on and explore more.

Bad: - what you need to overlook to enjoy the books.
1: The protagonist is a stupid. He is one of those movie characters in a horror movie that insists on going into the haunted house without weapons or a plan then thinks a good idea when his friends suggest they split up.
2: The author seems really worried about maintaining his liberal, hipster bonafides. There is constant trendy, brand-spotting for that demographic and lots of lectures about various lefty issues, gentrification, sexism, etc. Nearly all human bad guys are corporate, white, or military-related and have a southern accent. Its as if this college student has lived another life as an NPR reporter.

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Great listen

Had a fun time with this book. I would advice this book to my DD readers.

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pretty fun, worth a credit use, but a bit sappy

So, I love a lot of fantasy stories, and I am a sucker for druid stuff, but the main character was a bit sappy, rest of the characters were really interesting.
Definitely worth the credit, but it is more YA than fantasy, not sure if that was the market...
The mc seems gullible often and passes up magic learning over being a fighter...
Still worth some time, and if you dig it, cool.

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  • Joshua
  • 05-15-22

Picked on a whim

So I wanted something to listen to while I was gaming. And I saw this as a suggested book to me. I thought why not listen to the exact that audible does and I thought it's alright. So I picked it up. As I started to listen I got more and more invested that I got the next block of books after I finished book one. If you like urban fantasy and like a easy listen that keeps you hooked. Please give it a go

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  • Sally Goddard
  • 05-07-22

surprisingly good

I followed an ad that caught my eye on facebook. Dubious of some of the ads claims I looked it up on audible, sample sounded ok so I went for it.

The hours have flashed past as I've been whisked away on these adventures.

well worth the credit

one note of warning. some parts are acted/enhanced and the volume goes up quite a bit so be warned when listening through headphones.

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  • william
  • 04-14-22

enjoyable

kept you interested in the story good listen good value one credit for 4 books can't complain I will be getting next 4 books in the series also good value

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  • Jim
  • 02-24-22

Absolutely superb Couldn't stop listening

Get this audio book. You won't regret it. Trust me on this great listening.