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Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Book Information:
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Del Rey (first published April 19th 2011)
ISBN 0345522478 (ISBN13: 9780345522474)

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

Review:

This is certainly no Harry Dresden, but still a good read. Atticus is a very interesting and unusual hero, and some of his magic is really original. Especially how he heals and why he is pretty much immortal. By far the most interesting character for me is Oberon the dog, though I wish there had been some magical reason explained for why an ordinary dog could be so brilliant and insightful (far more than most people you meet).

Atticus is pretty much a loner, which wasn’t a good thing for me as a reader. His only real friend (and she doesn’t know what he is until some magical battles happen on her front lawn) is an Irish widow who is in her late 80s. I do like the scenes with the widow. She is funny. But I personally like to have more plot involving character relationships mixed into my urban fantasies. But since the main reason most people read urban fantasy is the world-building and fight scenes, and both of those are done really well, I’m giving this book 4 bows.

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