The Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne

HearneGrimoireOfLambWhy I Read It: The Iron Druid Chronicles are excellent fun, so I couldn’t pass up this novella.

Where I Got It: Own it.

Who I Recommend This To: If you have not enjoyed The Iron Druid Chronicles yet, this is a good place to start.

Narrator: Luke Daniels

Publisher: Random House Audio (2013)

Length: 3 hours 17 minutes

Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles Book 0.4

Once again Kevin Hearne has entertained me with the antics of Atticus and Oberon. This novella takes place before the first book, Hounded, in the series. Atticus is a 2100-year old druid hiding in Tempe, AZ, living quietly as a New Age shop owner. Oberon, his Irish wolfhound, is his constant companion and provides much of the humor. In The Grimoire of the Lamb, an Egyptian attempts to buy an ancient book, which Atticus deems too dangerous to be sold to this man. Fortunately for us readers, the Egyptian steals it, fleeing back to Egypt with it, and creating all sorts of grief and consternation for Atticus – and fun entertainment for us readers.

This was an intense, humorous, and excellent romp through Egypt. There are cats (lots of them), a crocodile god, ancient tomb, dry sands, and blood sacrifice. I was even deeply concerned for Atticus’s welfare when his earth magic was negated by the crocodile magic. Yikes!

Obviously I don’t want to say too much, as this is a novella. While I enjoy the full-length novels more, this was still an entertaining piece that I wouldn’t pass up. If I do have a criticism, it is that there were no bare-ass shenanigans. Sigh…. I am a visual person, so you can imagine how I look forward to such antics by Atticus. So let me note that the Audbile.com download of this book came with the bonus short story Clan Rathskeller, which satisfied my need for nudity (don’t judge, I know you have the same need).

Luke Daniels gave yet another awesome performance. I love his variety of voices for pissed off deities. I am forever awed by his ability to sound like a spitting cat or a truculent crocodile.

What I Liked: Lots of action; beloved characters; Egyptian setting was great; awesome narration; dark humor left and right.

What I Disliked: Lack of bare-ass shenanigans.

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