by Kevin Hearne
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New York Times best-selling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.
If I’m to be completely honest, I was seriously disappointed with book. It seemed like the easy way out was taken with some “resolutions” and others were highlighted and laughed at. It almost seems as if Hearne didn’t know how to end it properly, since it looks to me like there is room to grow. This is a great letdown since it was meant to be the epic conclusion.
Sad ending to a great series. Iron Druid series Atticus did nothing all book while author tore him down. Side characters were main focus in this book, and author destroyed main romance in half a page. Recommend Skipping and pretending series ended on book 8.5.
This book was unfortunately not what the characters deserved. Some events, like the destruction of the world serpent (and accompanying character death) are so rushed that you won’t be quite sure that they really happened. Compiling that issue, the characters are written in a way that does not reflect the development they’ve made so far. Whereas around the halfway point of the series, the relationship between Granuaile and Atticus was well written, with an equal balance of trust, care, love, and independence, it’s thrown out the window in the later part of the series. Intentional or not, Granuaile begins being written like an intense anti-patriarchy social warrior, which is a huge exaggeration of her character traits. While it’s clear that Atticus cares for her, even though they receive almost no interaction together during the last few books, it seems as though Granuaile never really feels much for Atticus all of a sudden. The book tells you that yes they love each other, but you are never shown that. Granuaile even mentions in a short story that she’s considering sleeping with some guy she meets in Poland, since Atticus and her relationship wasn’t mutually exclusive. Not only is that sudden, it’s fairly scummy, and I don’t get the sense from the way Atticus is written that he’s even thinking about sleeping with other girls. It’s sad that an excellent relationship that could make one smile due to its genuine nature suddenly vanished as the characters became strangers.
Compounding this issue is that Granuaile was given a useless role for most of the book. As with the other recent ones, the three protagonist’s stories mostly took place completely apart. Granuaile’s only purpose it seems was to be somewhere else in order to give a poor reason to break off the relationship between her and Atticus suddenly, thereby making him more miserable.
The ending itself was fairly bad. Atticus loses his right arm, his connection to much of the earth’s abilities, thereby losing those as well. It’s a lame and unneeded consequence that feels ripped straight from Full Metal Alchemist. It’s also hinted that he’ll find a way to get his arm healed, but we don’t know for sure, so what was the bloody point? A shoehorned suggested romance between Atticus and the Morrigan is suggested.
Overall I would’ve given the book a 7/10, but the ending and butchering of the characters and their relationships with each other was horrible, bringing one of the most disappointing endings ever to my favorite series.