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That said, this is pedestrian, unimaginative, juvenile garbage. Ticks all the adolescent fantasy boxes:
Protagonist who is so powerful that there is no real threat....tick.
Lots of other super friends to fix any other problems...tick.
Talking non human side-kick ..tick.
Local neighbour straight out of a Lucky Charms ad...tick...wait what ..no never mind.
All the goddesses love our hero...tick.
Hate the hero, hate his dog. Hate the whole lack of jeopardy:
“Oh no. Here comes xxxxx the most renowned killer in 7 galaxies. The death of all things. Oh heck...oh it’s alright, I’ve killed him.”
‘Just got over that run in with xxxxxxx and now here come 9 monstrous yyyyy’s, the most renowned killers on Earth. Nothing can stop them...oh I’ve killed them”.
And on and on.
So what makes a good fantasy? Humour. I don't mean that stories need to be comedic. if you look at real life people humour is always present. if you are in a profession that is tense with great responsibility, like EMTs or Firemen, soldiers, pilots and so on, you'll alwys find humour because it reduces tension. Real people make light of situations.
And so we come to the Iron Druid. a 2100-year-old iron-age man. he is hunted by gods as well as mundane police at various stages.
His appearance is that of a young 20-something but his mind, and thus the internal dialog we hear, is 2100 years old. So his attitudes are necessarily more primitive, though given that he has lived so long, those primitive attitudes have unergone some refining and he embraces most of the modern lifestyle choices.
Hmour is ever present though. In conversations with his dog, Oberon, with the werewolves and vampires and humans. It makes it seem real and thus very easy to submerse yourself in the caharacters and environment. Thats not to say there are no serious action scenes.
There are no super gory long drawn out posturing battles. He's an iron-age fighter, so the idea is, kill them before they kill you. there are no rules.
It's very refreshing.
The quality of writing is escellent throughout. Good characterisation, a plot that you can see has run for millenia and is likely to continue.
The treatment of the druids, history of the old Irish religion, vampires, werewolves, norse gods, graeco-roman gods and sundry others are logically consistent and feel real. And that is what makes a Great Fantasy.
I really recommend getting the entire series (it's discounted) and also the Audobooks as that helps immensely with the pronounciation.
Enjoy yourself with this, and may harmony find you.
So, I started doing some searches, books like.........
Got a lot of results! Mostly stuff I've read and a lot of stuff I know isn't relevant.
However I spot this gem in the pile and delve deeper. An Irish Druid! The last Druid! And he's an o'sullivan?!!
I couldn't turn back now! What an excellent name choice(truly inspired)
Then I realised the whole pantheon of Irish gods and myths are thrown in too, with Norse werewolves and Icelandic vampires and polish witches? Not to mention mellow Irish widows and smart ass Irish wolfhounds! With a yarn fit for a bard tying the whole thing together.
Overall a quick action packed adrenaline ride from start to finish! Ive got another great series to enjoy😀
My only other slight irritation was that occasionally the protagonist could come across as very male - not ever sexist, but leaning in the direction of that, and that risked losing my sympathy in places. I think much of this came from him being long-lived and occasionally patronising and unsympathetic. Still, I'll definitely read the next one!
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