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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice intermediary novella
ANALYSIS: As far as the sub-genre of urban fantasy is concerned, Kevin Hearne is counted as one of its upcoming stars and the Iron Druid Chronicles is named by many to be one of the best series out there currently. With four books released, the story has been progressing at a rapid rate and the world and mythologies introduced have made the read very riveting so far...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superfluous Story Filler
Two Ravens and a Crow nicely moved the Iron Druid Chronicles story along, but it felt superfluous as a stand alone product. It comes with kindle purchase of Hunted so don't waste $3 on it as a stand alone.
Published 10 months ago by AngryBeaver


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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice intermediary novella, September 6, 2012
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This review is from: Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella (The Iron Druid Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
ANALYSIS: As far as the sub-genre of urban fantasy is concerned, Kevin Hearne is counted as one of its upcoming stars and the Iron Druid Chronicles is named by many to be one of the best series out there currently. With four books released, the story has been progressing at a rapid rate and the world and mythologies introduced have made the read very riveting so far. However with the fourth book TRICKED, the story concluded the first arc of the series and began a dozen year gap in which Atticus begins the Druidic initiation of his protégé.

This novella is set exactly in the middle of that initiation phase, six years have passed after the events orchestrated by Coyote. Atticus is realizing some of the difficulties involved in the training process which he did not imagine would arise. He's managing to get by with Oberon's help though, and it's absolutely hilarious to read about it, especially with Oberon's witty repartee. Their semi-idyllic training is interrupted by Morrigan's arrival, who demands that Atticus accompany her immediately. Faced with no choice, Atticus is forced to tag along and leave his sword and other precautionary measures as well. He will have to learn more about Morrigan's plan and also ferret out where she is taking him. The novella deals with the rest of the events that develop, including how a certain pantheon plans to involve Atticus in forthcoming events and what are Morrigan's ultimate plans for him.

This novella was a doozy, not only does it give the reader a fun read of about 70-odd pages, but it also reveals a secret about Atticus's past in regards to his long life. This novella though serves as a huge spoiler for events in HAMMERED and TRICKED and therefore should not be read by readers who are unfamiliar with the aforementioned books. The story, while seeming simple, lays down the groundwork for several upcoming books as well as a few character arcs which include both mortals and immortals. This story should be read before TRAPPED and hopefully will also clue in to certain events that are hinted at by the title.

The story featured is both action packed and serves as an introspection piece. The author has to be lauded for his approximation of the character of Morrigan, he admirably paints her as a fey goddess who oscillates from being kind one second to megalomania within the other. Atticus's dread about her and her intentions is brought to the fore within this novella (once again) and readers will be left with no doubt as to why she is to be feared and avoided at all costs. Lastly the humor in this series is invariably tied to Oberon and his hilarious banter with Atticus. We get a small snippet of it in the start before Atticus departs and that is enough to give the readers nostalgia and increase the anticipation for the next book wherein Oberon will have a bigger role. However a surprising laugh out moment is provided by Morrigan when she airs her view on baseball and all what it entails. With the humor being on the lower side than its predecessors, the novella does manage to prove itself with its action and information reveals, thereby laying the stage for future events such as the Ragnarok that Atticus so desperately wants to avoid.

Two Ravens and One Crow is aimed at bridging the gap between two books TRICKED and TRAPPED and does its job well enough. This novella will be a treat to read for fans of the series as they get to learn more about Atticus's past and future. Kevin Hearne shines once again with his witty prose and action-filled plot, this novella is a must read if you have read the previous four books and want to stem the anticipatory tide until TRAPPED releases in November.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Iron Druid 4.5, September 4, 2012
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John Middleton (Brisbane, QLD, AUST) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella (The Iron Druid Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
Set 6 years after the events of Tricked, this is a little 90-odd page kindle-only novella, really a story of Atticus and the Morrigan dealing with old complications, and setting the scene a little for Book 5, Trapped, coming in November 2012. There is very little Oberon the wisecracking dog (although he does steal every scene he is in) and even less Granuaile. But there is method to this supposed madness of leaving out everyone's favourite sausage-loving canine and red-haired apprentice: we get to really focus on Atticus' past life, how he became the man he is, and his relationship with the Morrigan.

There a few interesting revelations, and some nice little character moments. Importantly too - and on a spoiler-free basis - some past history gets cleaned up in a more or less satisfactory and realistic fashion (given we are talking urban fantasy with gods and the Wild Hunt here).

Really, if you read and liked the Iron Druid Chronicles so far, this is worth reading: for a fistful of dollars you get an hour or so's entertainment, and a nice little look ahead at some of what will probably be relevant in book 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superfluous Story Filler, October 5, 2013
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Two Ravens and a Crow nicely moved the Iron Druid Chronicles story along, but it felt superfluous as a stand alone product. It comes with kindle purchase of Hunted so don't waste $3 on it as a stand alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed like a way to pad the coffers, December 3, 2012
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Dax Marek Westerman (Knoxville, TN United States) - See all my reviews
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Wasn't a bad story, but for the money, just seemed like a way to bilk the public out of some cash for a moderate tale at best.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terribly fun!, September 5, 2012
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As usual, Kevin delivers a mix of humor and action with Gods, magic, sex and one liners in this novella. It is a perfect bridge between the novels and I highly recommend it to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love your Druid today!, December 6, 2013
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this book is for anyone that is into mythology, celts, living gods, and any combo of all of the above. Oh, a semester of humor and joy in talking dogs is also needed. In the series the protagonist gets to hang out or outsmart all the different pantheons, mythical creatures, etc. what more can a fantasy reader want?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Ravens and One Crow Fills a needkl, April 5, 2013
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I overlooked this short novella as I read through the Iron Druid Chronicles. It was clear that I had missed a key plot point. This story provides that, and it is a good enough read. I'm not sure, though, why it wasn't included in one of the longer novels, in the same way that the story of his apprentice meeting the two Celtic gods was in one of the earlier volumes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Appetite Whetter, September 26, 2012
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JBitt (WACO, TX, United States) - See all my reviews
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I'm not a fan of short stories or novellas. Especially when their published to bide the time between novels in a series. Regardless, Hearne makes this one very entertaining. It only made me more eager for Iron Druid 5.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Disappoint, September 25, 2012
This review is from: Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella (The Iron Druid Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
This quick novella starts 6years after Tricked ends and surprisingly has a lot to whet your appetite with for the next full length series entry. If you are a fan of the series this shouldn't be missed as you get up close
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Druid Always a Good Read, July 14, 2014
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As always, I love the characters of the Iron Druid. I love the stories that Kevin Hearne weavers about this protector of the eart.
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