Kevin Hearne – Two Ravens and One Crow

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?

One of my favourite urban fantasy series is Kevin Hearne’s the Iron Druid Chronicles. I’ve reviewed Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered on the blog and Tricked is on my TBR-pile. When I saw Two Ravens and One Crow on Netgalley I thought it might be fun to have a quick look-in on Atticus, Oberon and Granuaille. The book is set between Tricked and Trapped, but as I haven’t read Tricked I don’t know whether there are any spoilers in the story for it, there are spoilers for the first three books though, so I’d definitely recommend reading those before reading this novella.

Two Ravens and One Crow takes place about six years after the ending of Hammered. It’s a great little story in which some things from Hammered are wrapped up and perhaps plot points for Trapped and Hunted are set up. It gives us a look at some of the problems Atticus runs into training Granuaille, mostly to do with the physical side of said training, which has them spend lots of time in close contact and gives Atticus some difficulty focusing. Luckily Oberon is there to help him stay on track, which leads to some lovely banter between the two.

The true star of this story, however, is the Morrigan, who shows up to collect Atticus for a little errand. I loved how Hearne manages to deepen her character and manages to humanise her without making her lose her rather scary personality. The Morrigan also shows she is not just The Chooser of the Slain; she is also the Goddess of Battle and can kick some ass accordingly. The knock-down, drag-out fight scene between the Morrigan and an unknown assailant was my favourite part of this novella hands down; not even Oberon could beat it!

Two Ravens and One Crow is the perfect way to warm up for the release of Trapped next month and also a great way to learn a bit more about everyone’s favourite Dark Goddess. If anything, this story has made me dig out my copy of Tricked to read in the near future, because I want to spend more time with Atticus, Oberon, Granuaille and company sooner rather than later. Just a word to the wise, the book is only available in a digital or audio format; don’t look for it in your local brick-and-mortar store.

This book was provided for review by the publisher.