Another installment of my ongoing efforts to re-read a whole bunch of books I’ve read earlier. Last week, I finished my re-read of The Iron Druid, an Urban Fantasy series by Kevin Hearne, which chronicles the adventures of the world’s last Druid.
Ever since I got my Kindle, it’s not uncommon for me to learn about new books through their recommendation system. The same holds true for the Iron Druid, and it’s been a good suggestion, but I’m rather hesitant to fully put my faith in recommendation engines altogether (partially due to research done by a Master student I coached a few years ago).
Anyway, back to the Iron Druid. I didn’t actually read all the stories yet, just the main 7 books, and the novella Two Ravens and One Crow. I’ve read Grimoire of the Lamb before, but haven’t re-read it, and there are still a bunch of other stories I might find interesting, including the Prelude to War story that takes place after Shattered and before the upcoming 8th novel Staked.
As usual, I’ll post a bunch of random thoughts as they occurred to me while reading:
The Iron Druid often gets compared to the Dresden Files (both favorably and unfavorably), which is only logical since they’re the same genre. Having re-read both recently, I can honestly say that while there are similarities, the Iron Druid is definitely it’s own thing. For one thing, the Iron Druid is somewhat lighter in tone, and Atticus and Harry Dresden are really not that similar (for one thing, Atticus is at least twenty centuries older than Harry).
That said, I would definitely recommend reading these books. Also, if you’re on Twitter, follow Kevin Hearne.