What to Expect
This novel sets Atticus up against creatures from Native American (Navajo) mythology. Coyote (who appeared in the previous novel) helps him out of his predicament with the Norse gods, and in return asks for a service. As can be expected from a Trickster god, this 'service' is rather tricky and Atticus gets dragged to further mischief against his better judgement.
Expect the usual urban-fantasy romp, mixing mythologies and adventures, pop-culture references and quips amidst the action. A lovely read, even if not particularly taxing.
What I liked
I love the characters, all of whom are well drawn and realistic. Atticus' attitude that neither growing old nor growing up are mandatory - leads him to have Shakespeare quote duels with vampires and lose a pun context to his dog.
Hearne has done a wonderful job in crafting the Iron Druid's world, with its seemingly conflicting pantheons and creation myths living together in a way that does not clash but rather interacts nicely. He's got a cool magic system - systems, one should say - where the limitations are just as interesting as the powers, varied monsters and gods, and light adventures; everything you'd want from urban fantasy, even if the setting isn't particularly 'urban'.
What to be aware of
This is book 4 of the series, and references past events. Though there is a bit of closure and break from the previous three novels, it's still best to read from the start.
Felix is enjoying the series as well. He can see why Atticus is willing to tackle gods and monsters, what with his great powers (particularly the quick healing granted to him by the earth). He'd definitely like to share a drink with him, and suspects there would be many stories they could swap.
Highly recommended entertainment for urban-fantasy and mythology fans.
Enjoying the reviews, but wondering who the heck is that Felix fellow? Glad you asked! He's the protagonist of the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series, an historical-fantasy blend of a paranormal detective on the background of ancient Rome.