The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

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  1. Bastard

    Bastard Jack Bauer

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    Hounded is a debut novel by Kevin Hearne, first of The Iron Druid Chronicles urban fantasy series. It came to my attention about 2 months ago, and this seems like the urban fantasy type of series I like to read. Recently saw some good reactions to the debut, a bit limited since it hasn't come out yet, so really looking forward to it.

    Hounded comes out on May 3, so about a month and a half from now. In addition, he's publishing two more books in the series right after it, the 2nd book being Hexed coming out in June 7, and the third one being June 28 titled Hammered.

    For those interested, here's a prequel short story called Clan Rathskeller (credit to Mihir/Hyperstorm). I haven't read it yet:
    http://es.scribd.com/doc/45800350/CLAN-RATHSKELLER-by-KEVIN-HEARNE-Short-Story

    http://www.kevinhearne.com/books

    Anyone here planning on reading this?
     
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    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    I'm really hoping to get review copies of at least the first book, the premise sounds interesting and it is nice to see a dog familiar as opposed to cat familiar.

    I really love the publisher's strategy, which has proven popular and effective in the past few years, of releasing the author's trilogy/series in successive months.
     
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    Been seeing this author's name pop up a lot. Read elsewhere how much Ken (kcf) liked his work.
     
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    Completely agree, I love the strategy. Haven't benefited much from it myself, but the few I've tried of this have been good to me. Latest being the Eli Monpress series from Rachel Aaron along with Elemental Assassin from Jennifer Estep.

    Though it wasn't evident at first, Ben Aaronovitch is doing the same with the Peter Grant series, one I'm waiting for the 2nd book to arrive to read them together. Third one already seems to be in place to be released later this year.

    Seems like a very good strategy to start an Urban Fantasy series since I would think it's easier for an author to come up with 3 books and write them in a timely manner in this sub-genre, than say an Epic Fantasy. But if you have an epic fantasy trilogy already planned, it's worth considering like Night Angel.
     
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    Hey B.

    I read the first two books, KH's writing is good, the books are fast paced and the story is slightly original in the sense that he has a druid as a protagonist and in his world, almost all mythologies are true and there are different pantheons at work.

    I'm looking forward to book 3 and the author has indicated that he has plans for 3 more as well. Hopefully I'll be reviewing them in the forthcoming weeks.

    Mihir
     
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    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    Hey Hyperstorm,

    I thought he was going to spread the love, in terms of all the pantheons. Doesn't the third book focus on Thor?
     
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    RedMage There is no tomorrow

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    Bastard, I have discovered several great new books because of you. This looks like another one. Thank you!

    Read the first few pages of Clan Rathskeller while killing some time and I really enjoyed it. Didn't get far at all, but I enjoyed Hearne's style. I will definitely be finishing the short story and picking up the book once its out. However, such close release dates as the ones you gave usually put me off. They make me wonder if the author has polished the sequels or if they will still be in some stage of editing. I've run into other series with later books that are like this, weak due to having been rushed. I hope that will not be the case for Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles.
     
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    KatG The Bony Hand of Death Staff Member

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    I've read John Levitt's UF series, which starts with Dog Days, which has a dog-like familiar, and that is quite a good one. (John used to be a cop and is a jazz musician.) It's maybe a little darker than this sounds like, though it has lots of humor too. (We did an interview with Levitt.)

    This one sounds interesting too, which is getting annoying. I'm really not sure who to read next. You made a thread for this one, B, would you say bump it to the front of the queue?
     
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    First book is coming out in May 3, so I say you have time? I haven't read it, so I will let you know how it is once I read it.

    The Peter Grant series from Ben Aaronovitch seems to be getting a positive buzz, but I haven't read it yet. Maybe you might like the Charlie Madigan series from Kelly Gay, or Kara Gillian series from Diana Rowland. One series I've been enjoying quite a bit with its most recent books has been the Connor Grey series from Mark del Franco. Seems like there's plenty to like there. Have you read Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series? Really like that one, despite the first book suffering quite a bit from "rookie" author mistakes (inconsistencies, a bit of poor editing). Second book and on improve substantially. But I really don't know what your tastes are like, you might be better off with one of the previous 4 I mentioned.

    I've been looking into Dog Days, but that will be a while yet before I get to it.
     
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    Hi Rob

    Yes, he's definitely spreading the myths in each of the books, while the Irish gods get a special mention due to the origins of the protagonist, the others get a fair mention and yes Thor is set to be featured in the third book[If I'm not mistaken there's even a POV chapter from a Norse god, so it very could be Thor himself!)

    Plus in the second book there's a lot of set-up for the events of the third book.

    Mihir

    PS: Please call me Mihir :)
     
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    Also for readers who might be interested in the Ebook versions, there are 2 free short stories being featured in the Hounded E-book. The first one is Clan Rathskeller (which is set 26 pages long and is set 10 months prior to the events of Hounded), the link is in Bastard's first post. The second one is brand new one called Kaibab Unbound which is set 2 weeks before Hounded.

    Mihir
     
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    Brand new as in brand new for the ebook version of Hounded? Or brand new as it just came out for free like Clan Rathskeller?

    Well, UF series are quite consistent in releasing a book a year. He seemed halfway through the first book in 2009, so seems to be on pace pretty much with what he would have written and released at a normal pace, so I wouldn't read too much into it. If you go to his website, he seems to have quite a few goodies, so I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt here.
     
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    This sounds right up my street - cheers for the tip, Bastard
     
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    Its a brand new story and as far as I know, its only going to be released with the ebook of Hounded, currently its not being offered as a freebie.

    Mihir
     
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    It always cracks me up when people call Bastard "Bastard".
     
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    But it's easy to remember! Yours too.

    I like the short story titles, so I'll probably check them out. I'm a sucker for a funny Druid.
     
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    The first book Hounded arrived yesterday with its fancy raised foil type.

    The book is VERY short at 292 pages for the novel, plus a sneak peek at the next book.

    I suspect Del Rey may wind up omnibifying these books as they did with Novik's Temeraire novels recently, if successful.
     
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    Really!? I liked it. Interesting since I haven't read it yet. I kid of course.

    I too think it sounds interesting and am actually planning on reading it next. The premise sounds interesting, though still falling into a rather generic UF. But, the reason it stands out to me is that the author is from Arizona (where I live). The first three books are largely set there (in the Phoenix/Tempe area where I lived for 10 years and went to graduate school) and feature a bar I've drank a fair amount at.
     
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    They aren't that uncommon, the Dresden files had its first nine books released as four omnibus editions. Cat Vaughyn's Kitty series also released an omnibus of the first three books. Charlaine Harris had a similar run with her first five books being bunched in two OEs.

    I guess most of the popular authors such as Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs had some of their books being released in such fashion.

    With KH's IDC, he's currently contracted for 3 books only and the he has planned the series to last for seven or nine books(depending on the success of the books.). An omnibus release maybe next year wouldn't harm the sales and it might also contain the couple of short stories which are currently only featured in the e-book versions of Hounded & Hammered.

    Mihir
     
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