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Publisher's Summary

Over a million copies of the Iron Druid books sold

Kevin Hearne creates the ultimate Atticus O'Sullivan adventure in the grand finale of the New York Times best-selling Iron Druid Chronicles.

Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, aka the Apocalypse, upon the earth. With a whole host of dark allies on their side, there's a globe-spanning battle on the cards - one which Druid Atticus O'Sullivan will be hard-pressed to survive, much less win.

Atticus must recruit the aid of an Indian witch and a trickster god in hopes that they'll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. After all, if the world ends, who's going to make sure the hound Oberon gets his well-deserved snack?

©2018 Kevin Hearne (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Atticus and his crew are a breath of fresh air! I love, love love this series." (My Bookish Ways)

"This is one series no fantasy fan should miss." (Scifi Chick)

"American Gods meets Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden." (SFF World)

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Fluffy

Loved all the previous books but this is just so PC and fluffy. I’m sorry Kevin I was so excited for it. It was ragnarok!! But it felt like a school fight. Bubble tea sums this up.

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A little bit of a let down.

Without spoiling anything for people who may read this...the last book in this series was a little bit of a let down. Probably my least liked book out of the nine. The only high point is the "oaken druid".

I vote for a series, book or even short story following him and slowmo on their adventures.

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Absolute Rubbish

Skip the 1st 20 mins so you avoid having to listen to the ‘series destroying’ talking dogs and you are still faced with continuous mispronounced faux ‘American Irish’ with an accent so bad as to rival Tom Cruise in far and away and the worst comedy you’ll hear anywhere .
I was hoping the series might finish a bit better than this.
There are actually really good parts to this series but only when it’s actually dealing with the core story and not trying to be funny and cute. How many jokes can anyone stomach about dogs liking bloody meat... seriously over done and not at all funny after the first book.
The whole series is also annoyingly inaccurate where doing a little homework might have added to the equation. Getting an Irish narrator would have been a great start. Both the accents and pronunciation were frankly insulting to me as an Irish person. Great idea for a series ... terrible narrator who turns most of the four legged characters into muppets. It’s great when it’s sticking to the story... pointless side characters and childish quips make this fine for young teenagers, sad it couldn’t have stuck to a slighter harder theme as in the earlier books.

Crap... don’t bother !

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Sad the series is finished

Spoiler alert - I know this book received a lot of complaints from fans of the Iron Druid series, so much more could have happened, more action & intrigue, I get the idea & I am glad it finished with potential for more Atticus stories, I love the character & think he was judged too harshly, honestly, killing the Norns was self defense & I would of done the same. I get the feeling that Kevin Hearne hasn't finished with the Iron Druid or maybe Atticus will get the Iron out of his aura now he isn't being hunted, the book seems more like a transition to me.
Poor Atticus probably had one of the worst days of his life & then getting dumped by Granule just destroys him, seems like when you are down, everyone wants to screw you. I enjoyed this book, it was mild but there was much amusement in the form of Slow Mo & the eternal curmudgeon Owen beginning to lighten up & appreciate the fresh start he has been given. A new kinder, more thoughtful Thor & the gods constantly acting like self serving twats. It's a decent read, It took my mind off work & gave me the escapism I need on my daily commute, don't judge too harshly, I don't think this is the end, I believe Kevin just needs a breather & will hopefully continue to explode the world of Owen & Granule, I love Granule but she needs to lighten up & get some help removing the stick from her arse, as a druid of Gaia, I wouldn't be stressing the small things like petty theft to get a serious job done, I find it irritating & I'm amazed Atticus put up with it, let's make her a little more human. Thanks Kevin

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All nine books + novellas in 2 weeks

All nine books plus novella and I still want more.

A worthy end to one of my favourite serise.

I do hope Kevine writes some more.

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Not quite to the same standard

I thoroughly enjoyed the previous Iron Druid novels and expected that this last one would be A+ in every respect. Unfortunately, I got the impression that the finish was a bit 'rough'. It was as if ideas had dried up and instead of giving his usual genius time to develop, Mr Hearne went straight into production to please the money men. (Can't blame him mind you!) Fans will of course read this book irrespective of how anyone feels about it. My main hope is that Mr Hearne writes a further edition to the Iron Druid series and so on and so on and so on.....

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Well placed ending, great narration

As always the humour and fun action is almost constant. I found myself cackling regularly, especially for Owen.

Christopher Ragland’s narration is some of the best around. Really nails accents and tone. Perfect.

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Sad it's the last book

It was a great listen. I'm just sad it's over. Hard to come by a good series.

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  • kyyle
  • 18-05-2018

Pretty crap disappointing cop out conclusion

I was disappointed with this linear rushed feeling book. Many parts felt forced. I liked this series, and this book lets the rest down.

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  • Hilary
  • 22-05-2018

Disappointing end and shock change of narrator

Disappointing end to a series that began so well and reached some rip roaring heights of fun and excitement before gradually beginning to fall apart in the last few books. Having the characters work on different plot lines all over the world and only come together to check in and play with the hounds, just did not work. May as well have been a series of separate books following just one character all the way through, because it became disjointed and continuity was lost.

Granauile never seemed as realistic or interesting to me as others, whereas I definitely appreciated Owen Kennedy, he was a breath of fresh air and certainly added to enjoyment.The finale could have concentrated in getting them all together much earlier on rather than still tying up so many loose ends or introducing new characters like the Monkey God and the weird bubble tea.

I appreciate the fact that the writer is a strong supporter of the environment but to beat this drum so obviously and so often in this last book didn't feel right at all. The fact that they are Druids, devoted to care of Gaia, Mother Earth herself, and explaining and showing as the various stories unfolded was sufficient.

The final ending was fitting and, without spoiling, am sorry that Atticus was set up at the very beginning as the instigator of the act that rightly shocked. Of course he should be blamed, but while his impetuousness and lack of thinking about consequences is true to form and acceptable, that was out of character and no way near to the legend.

As a devoted fan of Atticus and Oberon I will continue to listen again to many of the earlier adventures which can virtually stand alone. Just sad that the series ended this way.

I have loved the work of Luke Daniels, narrator of every single book I listened to so far, who gave the perfect voice to each character and made them come alive. Then, Audible.com suddenly changes all it's US versions to narrator Christopher Ragland and I have no chance of getting the UK version with Luke Daniels. A very able narrator and if you now listen to all of them read by him it will be fine. But this also spoiled the last book for me as the characters did not ring true in the way I had come to know them.

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  • Darren Kelk
  • 10-04-2018

It wrapped it all up... sort of

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes because this is the last book in a series and you have to finish the series. But the change in reader was really hard to deal with.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Land book 4 by Aleron Kong.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

It is difficult to say, the first 8 books were read by Luke Daniels then they changed the last book to Christopher Ragland and it really took you out of the story. Many of the character were voice different in tone, pitch, accent and speed.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would not go to a movie of this book it would make no sense without the first 8 books included or in a series of movies.

Any additional comments?

I will buy this book again if it is record again with Luke Daniels, I value his performance as much as the book itself.

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  • DarkForce
  • 10-04-2018

Amazing story!

Wonderful ending to an amazing series.

Very disappointed with the narrator. Have followed this series with Luke Daniels and feel a little robbed with the new narrator. He did a good job, but I felt tried to be too like Luke Daniels and missed the mark on a lot of pronunciations and accents. Probably would have been better to try something new.

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  • Gurglebarp
  • 07-04-2018

LUUUUUUUKE... I AM YOUR LISTENER!!!

I don’t get it... why change narrator for the last book in a series of 9 books? Am I being dumb?

I can’t listen to this... Luke is Adicus, Oberon et al... what a disappointment

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  • DS
  • 21-04-2018

Where is Luke Daniels?

I had an unpleasant surprise when I started this book and realised that Luke Daniels was not who I was listening to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-2018

Luke daniels is the best narrator for Iron Druid

Luke daniels is the best narrator for Iron Druid Chronicles. It would have been better to stick with him as he is fun to listen too.

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  • Joshua
  • 12-07-2018

and so it ends

I have waited for this book for what seems like forever though I know it is not but when finally came I was happy and sad as I knew it was mostly likely the end of this series. Though I could ask for a better end. This series has been a great and thrilling ride and I can only hope for more but I am content. If you haven't read any of these book you should, its just mind blowing, sad and a happy experience. The best series I have read over the years and can only say what would Oberon do.....

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  • Pam
  • 27-06-2018

Epic

Definitely keeps you on your toes! Fantastic ending for the Iron Druid series, so sad the adventures are over! You have to read/listen to this series. Kevin Hearne is a genius and Christopher Ragland brings it all to life with his amazing voices!

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  • Pauline
  • 06-05-2018

Scourged by Kevin Hearne

Brilliant to listen to the last book in the series every part is great just like catching up with old friends as the story develops the understanding of each character comes over lots and endears me to them.
My one and only negative comment is the volume of characters, gods and demons etc as an audio listener it sometimes off putting because it gets to loud and very uncomfortable I know it’s part of the story but when you’ve got headphone in listening volume really does matter.
Can’t wait for the next book at least I will know everyone in the book is ok x lol

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  • Ross Fenion
  • 23-04-2018

brilliant finish to an excellent series

this series has always been supprisingly thought provoking for a fun romp about magic and this finally is no exception

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  • leigh
  • 25-01-2021

this can't be the end

I have loved listening to all of the adventures and tails of the iron druid I shall miss them if you have not read or listened please do you want forget them and I a way we all remember drudgery for the better now thank you Mr Hearne for lifting my up on dark times

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  • *Flora*
  • 19-12-2020

A Fitting Finale To This Gripping Series.

The Iron Druid Chronicles has become one of my favourite series. Kevin Hearne's writing style is fantastic and his stories keep me hooked. His tales are intelligent, well researched but still easy to read. They're full of threads but never leave me feeling confused. Kevin keeps me entertained from the first page to the last. Atticus, Granuaile and Owen all get their own chapters in this book, with their own adventures and perspectives.

I downloaded the Audible narration to be able to listen to Scourged as well as reading it. However, I ended up listening to the whole thing! Christopher Ragland’s performance was once again amazing. He transported me into each and every adventure. The pace at which he read the story and the emotions he added to the different scenes was perfect. I love the different accents and voices he gives each character – his performance brings them all to life. I knew straight away whose head we were in for the different chapters and didn't get lost in any of the conversational dialogue.

While I’m talking about the characters, I must say how much I love them all in this series. They’re multifaceted, written with their own goals, influences and histories. It makes each one feel real and believable - even the villains.

Although the story was fast-paced it never felt rushed. Our main protagonists all had their own separate adventures in this book. I enjoyed journeying with each of them, never really knowing when or where the next problem would occur or the next attack would strike.

Scourged is the nineth and final book in the Iron Druid Chronicles so a lot has happened so far. However, Kevin does a good job of weaving any pertinent information into the story seamlessly. I didn’t notice any detrimental effects to the flow or pace. I love the way he ended this story - the Iron Druid's world hasn't ended but our adventures with Atticus has. I hope to come across Atticus, Granuaile, Owen and the hounds in future books based in this amazing urban fantasy world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-2020

Oh, have mercy

As an end, i am so sad, but there is always a chance for a continue. Well, thank you, mr Hearne, for many hours of joy, laughter, moist eyes and fantastic viewpoints. You are a fantastic author. 10/10

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  • Daniel Heritage
  • 02-12-2019

meh

I was looking forwards to the last book of the series and how things would tie up, I understand why some things happened and the last epilogue was a good and hopeful note on which to finish the book.
But at the same time, I was expecting something else I suppose and a happier ending, but I suppose things work better this way it is more logical regarding the development of Atticus.

All in all, I would be interested in a follow up series if there ever is one and will look forward to that while enjoying other series.

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