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Scourged
Iron Druid #9
by Kevin Hearne
Del Rey, $27.00. 288pp
Published: April 2018

Kevin Hearne creates the ultimate Atticus O’Sullivan adventure in the grand finale of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles: an epic battle royale against the Norse gods of Asgard.

Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, a.k.a. the Apocalypse, upon the earth. They’ve made allies on the darker side of many pantheons, and there’s a globe-spanning battle brewing that ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan will be hard-pressed to survive, much less win.

Granuaile MacTiernan must join immortals Sun Wukong and Erlang Shen in a fight against the Yama Kings in Taiwan, but she discovers that the stakes are much higher than she thought.

Meanwhile, Archdruid Owen Kennedy must put out both literal and metaphorical fires from Bavaria to Peru to keep the world safe for his apprentices and the future of Druidry.

And Atticus recruits the aid of a tyromancer, 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. There is a hound named Oberon who deserves a snack, after all.

So we come to Ragnarok.  While Atticus takes care of the main action Granuaile is off to Taiwan to battle at the side of the Monkey King and Owen flits between Europe and Peru putting out smaller fires. There is a massive battle in Scandinavia as some gods fall in the battle against Loki and Hel and Atticus pays a heavy price for his past transgressions. 

I almost did not pick this one up to read having read so many reviews saying Mr Hearne should have stopped with the previous book. The objections of most of those reviews were that the characters did not act true to character but if readers were actually paying attention to the development of the characters over the past few books it is entirely logical. Atticus finally is getting a clue about just how inexcusable many of his past choices were and is maybe starting to mature a bit intellectually to match his great physical age. Again we have reference to events that happened outside the scope of the actual Iron Druid series since we have a new character and a new dog that, in terms of this series, just seems to appear with little to no explanation. Overall, however, it is a satisfying conclusion to the series. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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