Genre: urban fantasy
Cover: I like that Granuaile is in it.
After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O'Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he's still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.
Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he'll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.
Wow, where to start with this review? From the first page, this book is packed full of action, and I loved every page of it. After twelve years of training, Granuaile is ready to become a Druid. And for that, Atticus will need to bound her to the Earth, to Gaia. He will have to use living thorns to make her magical tattoos, and that will take about three months start to finish. But when that is finished, Granuaile will be able to use magic, to heal herself, to talk with Oberon, shifting plains and all kinds of Druid magic. She has worked hard for it and is totally ready. But the gods have other plans.
Loki has escaped his prison, and has destroyed the realm of Perun, a god of Thunder we met before. Loki wanted to kill Thor himself, and how he has sworn revenge on the party that was responsible. Is Ragnarok finally coming? Even when so many participants are truly dead?
Then Brighid, the Queen of the Tuathe Dé Danann in Tír Na nÓg summons Atticus. She wants to know why he faked his own death and did not tell her. And tells him the Roman god Bacchus is looking for him. But Atticus doesn’t want her or the other Fae to tell Bacchus where he is, as Bacchus has sworn to kill him. And as Olympian Gods are truly immortal, Atticus has no reason to enter into a fight he cannot win.
They leave Perun in Tír Na nÓg, as he and Flidais have taken an instant liking to each other, and after visiting with Manannan Mac Lir for a while, Atticus and Granuaile leave for Olympus, the only place left they can reach by shifting plains in Europe, to start the binding rituals. Unfortunately, they are being hunted and have to stop to save themselves, or to help others. Like the Norse gods, who want Atticus to come and help with fighting Loki and his daughter Hel, but Atticus wants to finish Granuaile’ binding first, she is still mostly human and vulnerable at the moment.
Enemies galore, from vampires to the Dark Elves of legend, but luckily Granuaile has become a kick ass fighter during her years of training, and is able to save Atticus.
As said, another book chockfull of action, of mythology of all worlds, and humor. I so loved Oberon, Atticus’ hound and their interaction. It was fun and fascinating to read about the binding of Granuaile to the earth as well, and of course all great gifts come at a price.
I just have one advice for you: go read this series if you haven’t started it yet, and please do read it in order!
© 2012 Reviews by Aurian