Two Iron Druid short stories available in audio for the first time, narrated by Luke Daniels!
"Kaibab Unbound" occurs just a couple of weeks before the events of Hounded, book one of the series. Before Atticus gets drawn into the battles of gods and monsters, he has to protect one of the earth's elementals from an accomplished coven that wants to steal its power for their own.
The events of "A Test of Mettle" happen concurrently with book three of the series, Hammered, as Granuaile MacTiernan and Oberon discover that Atticus doesn't have the final say over who can become a Druid's apprentice.
These stories serve both as an introduction to the New York Times best-selling series and as exciting background for longtime fans.
Audible Audio Edition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
These are two short stories that appeared previously at the end of a couple of Hearnes' books. If you've read the Iron Druid series, you've probably already read these stories.
This collection has two stories, one that occurs before the events of Hounded and one that takes place concurrently with Hammered. Kaibab Unbound Atticus and Oberon take a brief hunting trip into the National Forest and greet the elemental Kaibab. When a trio of witches tries to steal his power, he calls to Atticus for help. They learn it is unwise to piss off an elemental.
Test of Mettle This was an interesting story because it is told from Granuaile’s point of view. While Atticus is off raiding Asgard during book three, hammered, two Celtic goddesses show up to test her fitness as a druid. I enjoyed seeing events from her perspective so much, I hope the author considers doing a full novel from her POV.
Neither story is essential to the main continuity, but both are well worth reading especially for the price. Highly recommended.
The first story takes place prior to book one and gives us some background on Atticus and Oberon along with an explanation or example for why he dislikes witches so much. 5/5 stars.
The second story takes place during book 3 and focuses on a test Granuile must face. It's told in first person present and that can be tricky. Not bad but I didn't really feel a whole lot other than the hard decision she has to make to pass the test. 3/5 stars.
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