#56: Hunted (Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne
For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.
It's hard to review books that are later on in a series because of the potential for spoilers. Suffice to say, Hearne's writing is as strong as ever. This book has all the wit and action of its predecessors. Everyone is out to kill Atticus--in that sense, the book reminded me of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. Both authors do an excellent job of interweaving complex plots and bringing in offhand comments and characters from early on that only now become relevant.
One of the coolest things about this book is that it covers a massive swath of Europe, from Hungary to England. As a geography geek who has never been across the Atlantic, I really got a kick out of that. It was like Rick Steves' Travels in Europe, with goddesses and vampires trying to kill you (I'd totally contribute to a PBS pledge drive if that subject was involved). Hearne even has a full Google map of the route up on his website.
This continues to be one of my favorite series and one of the few I make an extra effort to keep up with.