Genre: urban fantasy
For nearly two thousand years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O'Sullivan. Now he's got company. Atticus's apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What's more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.
The jury's still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Loki - or merely a pain in the arse. But Atticus isn't the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer's spirit that is possessing her father in India. As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they're hoping that this time, three's a charm.
While Atticus is busy introducing his archdruid Owen to the modern world, Granuaile is in Oregon with Oberon and Orlaith, teaching her hound Orlaith to talk.
While visiting a small town, she gets a call from Laksha, asking her to come to India as her father is in big trouble. He is being possessed by a demon, and that demon is spreading illness around. Laksha really needs her help in fighting the illness and the rakshaha.
To defeat the demon while keeping her father alive, she will need Icemagic, she needs help from the Yeti, who are the secret children of Mannanan MacLir, and an Ice Giantess. But it is not as easy as just walk up to them, ask a knife and leave again. The knife will have to be especially crafted for her, and the Yeti want something in return as well, as they are getting pretty bored up there in the Himalaya. And the Earth elemental won’t help without getting some concession in return from the Yeti’s.
Will Granuaile be able to return to India in time to safe her father? But the fact that it is her father who is possessed, is no coincidence. Someone is behind it all …
All is not well for Atticus either, there is a traitor amongst the Fae, and he doesn’t know who it is. It takes Owen with a fresh viewpoint to figure it out. While he, Owen and Oberon are enjoying a hunt before Owen will leave for the Fae Court to present himself to Bridget, a foxlady asks Atticus to join her mistress in Japan.
Some of the Gods of different pantheons have joined forces, and they need Atticus’ help.
Another amazing book in the series, I devoured it in one evening, and I really don’t want to spoil anything for you. I love the conversations between Atticus and Owen, and how Owen really likes hanging out with the local werewolves. Of course he completely ruins Atticus’ reputation by telling stories about his training time, 2.000 years ago, and they love those stories!
This is a very good book, lots of action, and also pain and loss and happiness. Granuaile totally saves the day a few times, and I liked that. The battle of Fae against Fae is epic, and scary.
I love this series, and I look forward to reading the next book.
© 2015 Reviews by Aurian