Saturday, September 08, 2012

Review: "Two Ravens and One Crow," by Kevin Hearne

My biggest complaint with this tale is that there isn’t enough of it.

“Two Ravens and One Crow” ($2.99, Del Rey) is a digital short in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, which sets up the forthcoming novel “Trapped,” due in November. At just over 50 pages, I’m not sure if it qualifies as a novella or just a really long short story, but it’s entertaining either way.

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan is six years into training his new apprentice Granuaile when he gets an unexpected visit from the Morrigan, the Celtic chooser of the dead. She tells him he must leave with her right away, and will brook no argument on the point. His magical tattoos, broken in battle, must be restored, and as there are no other druids on earth and all of the other gods think Atticus is dead, the Morrigan is the only one who can do it.

But there’s a reason it has to be done now. The Morrigan has set up a meeting with someone that Atticus hoped he’d never see again, and the druid’s past is about to come back to haunt him again.

Set during the gap between the last novel “Tricked” and the upcoming one, the story offers a little taste of what we can expect to befall Atticus after some relatively quiet years spent training his apprentice. If the story is any indication, things are about to get apocalyptic.

The story itself is, like all of Hearne’s work, fun and fast-paced with a healthy infusion of humor and pop culture geekdom. If you’ve liked the rest of the series, you’ll like this story, and it will certainly whet your appetite for what’s coming. As an added bonus, there’s a sneak peek at “Trapped” at the end of the tale.

Anyone else ready for November?

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