Two Ravens and One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles 4.5)
By Kevin Hearne
Published September 4, 2012
Urban Fantasy | Short Story
Source: Received from Random House Publishing Group via NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.
From Goodreads: Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon—and he must also leave his sword. The Morrigan has always taken extreme pleasure in pronouncing the Druid’s mortal danger and imminent doom, so the fact that she won’t reveal the purpose of their journey makes him very nervous. Of course, any time the Celtic Chooser of the Slain drops in unannounced, it’s never good. When she does let slip that she’ll be saving his life in the near future, Atticus is left to wonder . . . will he soon be giving his legions of enemies something to crow about?
If you read this series, if you love this series, if you think naked women talking about baseball is hysterical, you must read this short story. I couldn’t have read this story at a better time; my beloved Detroit Tigers were taking it in the keister in the World Series and I really needed to laugh. There’s a scene where the Morrigan is relating to Atticus about how she watches baseball. That alone is worth the $2.99!!
I believe this story has a much higher purpose than illustrating the Morrigan’s attempt at understanding sports in the twenty-first century. This story ties up a HUGE amount of loose ends left over after Hammered and Tricked. Mr. Hearne has called this Iron Druid Chronicles 4.5 and has made it abundantly clear that it IS part of the series. As in you REALLY WANT TO READ THIS to know what’s going on next. And I whole-heartedly concur and recommend!!!
Do I even need to bother? The Morrigan, who always makes me laugh (yes, even when she eats dead bodies) is in rare form. I really think she is the number one most intriguing character in the series. You never know what direction she’s going to go in, unless she wants sex, then well…. She usually gets her way.
“Oh, Siodhachan. Are you suggesting I’m a sociopath? You always say the sweetest things.” – The Morrigan
She and Atticus even get a little philosophical about guilt. That discussion kind of blew me away. I won’t tell you any more, you can guess who else is in the story by the title, if you’ve read Hammered.
Setting / World Building
Mr. Hearne always does a fabulous job of taking my mind places I never would have imagined before. Without spoiling too much, I will tell you we get to leave the desert Southwest and head off to new, fabulous areas where we’ve never been. Unless you live in Norway…
Story / Tempo
The thing I liked best about this story was that it had both the excitement of battle and the intrigue of political games. Those nasty loose ends were cleanly tied up, new insights were made into past characters. And perhaps we’ll be seeing some more of the new characters introduced in Trapped and Hunted. I’m game.
And if Atticus ever keeps his promise to The Morrigan, I’d love for Mr. Hearne to make sure he captures that in writing and shares it with us! Please?
Other Books in the Series:
Go to my Review of Tricked for the full run down (YES, I’m being lazy, but it was a lot of work last time!!)
Lynsey @ The Demon Librarian
Mihir @ Bastard Books and other Crap
D.G. @ Baddass Book Reviews