- File Size: 3309 KB
- Print Length: 64 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (May 7, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 7, 2013
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C8S9UXA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Grimoire of the Lamb: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella (The Iron Druid Chronicles) Kindle Edition
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In the Chronicles, all religions/mythologies/belief systems are manifest. So, along with the irish gods and goddesses of Atticus’ culture, we have Norse gods, Indian gods and more also running amok. With so many pantheons, it’s nearly impossible to give them all a chance to take center stage. In this novella, Egyptian gods are given their time in the limelight in an exciting tale of Atticus’ before the events of Hounded launch the series.
Atticus keeps a trove of rare magical books and when a dark wizard manages to steal one, he has to face the wrath of Bast to get it back. This story was very well constructed, with lots of planning by Atticus to accomplish his goal – material I find more interesting than the action scenes (though they are also excellent!) Atticus’ enemy is far more dangerous than he first supposed.
Overall, this was a fantastic read. It isn’t necessary to understand events in the novels, but fans should not miss it. Highly recommended.
Grimoire of the Lamb is a fun, quick read for people who enjoy the Iron Druid series of books. The writing style and tone are in line with the other books.
The story is set in modern day Egypt and Tempe, Az. Atticus's past comes back to visit him. An Egyptian gentleman wants to purchase a very specific book/grimoire that only a few people have ever known about. So, naturally, Atticus is assuming something strange / potentially bad is happening. Atticus and Oberon end up going to Egypt to secure and/or destroy a very nasty evil tome. I love it when Oberon is involved in the Iron Druid stories; Oberon gets a few choice scenes in the story.
The story plays out like a tabletop RPG one-shot game session -- interesting, self-contained and potentially lethal for the characters involved.
It is worth getting this as fix between other books. There is nothing earth shaking to the Iron Druid world in the book but it does add a bit of background as to why the Druids came into being. The Kindle price is about right for what you get in the story.
To whet your appetite and to tide you over, Kevin Hearne's launched an eBook prequel novella, "Grimoire of the Lamb," one month before the release of Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Six), the much anticipated next installment in the Iron Druid Chronicles. In Hearne's own words, "Grimoire of the Lamb" is "set in 2005, four years before Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One. Aenghus Óg hasn't found him yet, Granuaile isn't bartending at Rúla Búla, but we do get a cameo from the widow MacDonagh." Nostalgia drops in for a visit.
In 2005, Atticus O'Sullivan's cover wasn't yet blown. He was still an established rare-book dealer running his own hybrid book shop/apothecary in Tempe, Arizona. One day an Egyptian bloke named Nkosi Elkhashab inquires about a rare book in Atticus's collection, titled "Grimoire of the Lamb." And when the Egyptian shows up at the Third Eye Books and Herbs and steals the book, Atticus is forced to reassess his assumption that it's an ancient recipe book about cooking lambs. Oh, and he also gives chase... all the way to Egypt. His awesomely snarky telepathic Irish wolfhound, Oberon, tags along.
Although it works as a fine stand-alone adventure, I don't know that this story works as well as a jumping on point for initiates to the series. For readers already steeped in the Iron Druid Chronicles, Hearne treats them to further background material on Atticus, specifically his underhanded exploits in ancient Egypt, and expressly his looting of the legendary Library of Alexandria. Atticus is aware that he's still persona non grata in Egypt, and so he makes it priority one to appease the cat goddess, Bast, who still holds a mighty grudge. But before the detente there's an exciting chase sequence in which Atticus and Oberon are pursued by frenzied Egyptian cats. What Oberon has to say about this is priceless.
It's very much an Iron Druid story in the sense that Hearne is able to bring the rich worldbuilding we'd come to expect and the character work and the levity and also a touch of nostalgic for old times' sake. But this isn't as enjoyable as Hearne's other novella, Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella, and I'm having trouble articulating why. Maybe it's because most of Atticus's cast is missing and so we're derived of those fun interactions. For example, Granuaile and the Morrigan are two of my favorite characters, and they're absent here. Maybe there's an element of marginalization because this arc, while harrowing in bits, simply isn't as relevant in light of what Atticus and company are currently undergoing. I found myself getting impatient while reading the extended segment in which Atticus infiltrates and explores the nasty crocodile priest's sanctum sanctorum. Still, I can't blame Hearne too much. I appreciate that he took time to write this story as a tide over tidbit to the fans. He does reward us by peeling back another page of Atticus's past, after all. He also presents a neat twist near the end of the story. And at least Oberon's here, loaded with canine witticisms and angling for treats. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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