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A new Approach
am 2. Juli 2014
Before talking about actual content, I would like to start this review with a discussion of style, and how the style of the series is further changed through this book.
Personally, I like books in first person perspective. Kevin O'Hearne has done this with his Iron Druid Series right from the start, and of course he has hit the inevitable rock bottom that is the biggest problem in every first person novel: how can he give his readers some additional information that the main character is yet unaware of?
Kevin O'Hearne has encountered this problem before, and he had a simple, yet effective solution to it: In the former book of the series, he alternated between Atticus and Granuaille by the chapter. That made for an interesting reading, and I liked it immenseley, especially since we're learning more about Granuaille. She has stopped being background, and started being a real individual.
This latest installment in the series take this even further; Kevin starts with alternating between Granuaille and Atticus, but soon another narrator is installed, making for a round of 3 (the chapters switch orderly between these narrators) - Readers, please meet and welcome Owen Kennedy, former archdruid - and now kind of student - to Atticus.
Owen brings tremendously fun to this series, with his simple wit and cunning grasp of the new situations. And he brings some secrets with him...
So, we've ended the discussion of style, and finally entered the discussion of content. I don't want to spoil you, but the heat is getting more and more intense as we learn of Lokis plans and mischevious behavour. Both Granuaille and Atticus are working on their ends of seemingly totally unrelevant events, but nothing is ever unrelated in this series. While Granuaille tries to free her real father from a mallious ghost, Atticus is trying to find out which one of his own Pantheon is currently working against him behind his back. It's... a shocking revelation, that I won't spoil for you.
Oh, and you will finally manage to uncover the mystery behind the yetis... it might be a surprise, too.
For fans of this series: A must read. For new readers: Please start with the first title. The series has a subplot that's more and more evolving from book to book, and you couldn't fully enjoy this book without having read the previous books in this series.