This one kept popping up in my Amazon “also bought” lists, so I figured I’d give it a shot. It’s an urban fantasy with ancient Irish gods, fairies, and druids fast forwarded to the twentieth century which has picked up its share of modern supernatural guys along the way.
The protagonist is a druid named Atticus. Well, that’s what he’s calling himself these days, since not many folks in modern Arizona can handle his original name from sometime in the BC range. He runs an occult bookstore and tea shop, selling crystals and tarot cards to the wannabes and the occasional arcane text to the real practitioners. His lawyers (a vampire and a werewolf) keep him out of trouble – or at least try – but there’s not much they can do about his god problems.
And what would those be? Well, it seems he stole a sword in an epic battle a few thousand years ago, and its self-proclaimed “rightful owner” has been hunting for it ever since. Now those efforts have shifted into high gear, and Atticus is getting tired of hiding. Throw in a few witches and the occasional incarnation of Death (some sexy, some not so much), and it’s a regular menagerie of the supernatural.
By and large, I liked it, and I might continue reading the series. I suppose my only complaint is that the magic seemed too easy. That may just be the result of this druid’s thousands of years of practice, but for just starting into the series, he was a little too accomplished for my taste. It’s not that I require all my magical heroes to start off as neophytes, but it’s nice seeing them stumble and survive during those early years. It makes them seem more human rather that arrive as demigods on page 1.
I read and reviewed this book last year some time, and had a similar reaction. It was well written, I enjoyed Oberon’s antics, and the story was engaging. But I found it annoying that Atticus was so damn good at everything. It never felt (to me) like he was in any real danger.
I decided not to keep reading the series, but my husband and a couple of my friends have read more of it. Apparently his invincibility only gets more pronounced.
Well then, I might not keep reading then. I’ve already got the sample of his next one on my kindle, but hmmm…
I might still give it a shot — it was a quick read. But this kind of invincibility is annoying. If it keeps up as your husband says, that would be the killing blow. It would be a shame though. I’ve been looking for something to fill the gap between Dresden books.