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By Kevin Hearne

The first novel within the Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a funky, new, humorous city fable hero

Atticus O’Sullivan, final of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, working an occult book place and shape-shifting in his spare time to seek together with his Irish wolfhound. His associates and clients imagine that this good-looking, tattooed Irish dude is set twenty-one years old—when in fact, he’s twenty-one centuries outdated. let alone: He attracts his strength from the earth, possesses a pointy wit, and wields a fair sharper magical sword often called Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a truly indignant Celtic god wishes that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for hundreds of years. Now the made up our minds deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will desire all his power—plus assistance from a seductive goddess of demise, his vampire and werewolf crew of legal professionals, a bartender possessed by way of a Hindu witch, and a few strong out of date good fortune of the Irish—to kick a few Celtic arse and carry himself from evil.

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What was once this coven’s obsession with fencing? “My purpose is to protect Emily in the event you assault her back. ” “I see. And, in response to Emily, what number instances have I attacked her to date? ” “Once bodily and as soon as magically. ” “Well, not less than she bought that half correct. yet in either instances, Malina, it used to be she who initiated the assault. i used to be in a position to redirect either assaults opposed to her; therefore the wounds you haven't any doubt visible. ” “So it’s her observe opposed to yours,” she sighed. “Yes. and that i remember the fact that you want to take her be aware opposed to mine. yet you need to needless to say she informed me her lover is a sworn enemy of mine. via doing so, she has allied your whole coven with him. ” “No, that’s unthinkable! ” Malina objected. “If we have been allied with this person, then we might now not be attempting to humiliate him. ” “Why are you attempting to humiliate him? ” “That is a question greater replied by way of Radomila. ” “So positioned her on. Is she there? ” “Radomila is indisposed. ” for regular humans, that may suggest she used to be having a shower or whatever. In Radomila’s case, it most likely intended she used to be in the course of a sophisticated spell related to tongue of frog, eye of newt, and perhaps a packet of Splenda. “I see. ” A purchaser with greasy black hair placing over his face got here as much as the counter with a bulk bag of incense sticks. “Look, i need to cross. You’re welcome to come back with Emily the next day, however it will be top to assistance her to maintain silent round me. i will make her tea in silence, and he or she can drink it in silence; that means nobody gets angry or injured. If you’d wish to remain at the back of later on, possibly we will be able to speak with no coming to blows. ” Malina agreed, stated she regarded ahead to it, and we rang off. The greasy guy requested me if I had entry to scientific marijuana as an apothecary, and that i pasted a sorrowful expression on my face and advised him no as I rang up the incense he had to masks the stink of his behavior. Drug addicts perplex me. They’re a comparatively contemporary improvement, traditionally conversing. every body has their theories—monotheists wish to blame it on Godlessness—but i believe it was once a deadly disease that built within the sooty petticoats of the economic Revolution and its concomitant department of work. as soon as humans really expert their labors and separated themselves from nutrition creation and the day-by-day wishes of uncomplicated survival, there has been a hole position of their lives that they didn't know the way to fill. most folk came across fit how you can fill it, with spare time activities or social golf equipment or pseudo-sports like shuffleboard and tiddlywinks. Others didn’t. Perry ultimately came across a while to debris round with the Tarot decks and had a serviceable exhibit up by means of remaining time. I rode fast to the widow’s apartment after locking up the shop and retrieved the rush mower from her shed within the yard. “Ah, yer an excellent boy, Atticus, and that’s no lie,” she stated, saluting me along with her whiskey glass as she got here out to front porch to observe me paintings. She cherished to sit down in her rocking chair and sing previous Irish songs to me—old for her, anyway—over the whirl of the lawnmower blades.

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