Leif Helgarson of The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne is a blood-sucking lawyer, literally! He’s a century old vampire attorney who represents Atticus O’Sullivan, and doesn’t care for modern vernacular. He’s also the only vampire in whole state of Arizona. Yup, he’s very protective of his territory and willing to defend it at all costs.
- blond hair, blue eyes
- was a colonist & Viking of Iceland in early times, when he was still human
- had a wife and two sons
- once explored the New World with Leif Eriksson
- his first encounter with a vampire was in Prague in 1006
- was turned in 1010
- hates Thor, the thunder god
“So what’s going to happen when you show up there, Leif? Do all the southern vampires know what you look like and have little posters of you taped to the inside of their coffins? Are they going to squee and ask for your autograph?”
“I beg your pardon? What was that? Will they screech and ask me …?”
“No, I said squee.”
“I am not familiar with this verb.”
“It’s a relatively new exclamation. It’s a high-pitched noise of excitement one makes when confronted with a celebrity one worships.”
Leif took a moment to digest this and then he arched a blond eyebrow at me. “Tell me, Atticus, have you ever, ah, squeed? Did I conjugate that correctly?”
“Yes, you did. And, yes, as a matter of fact I have squeed.”
“I went to the San Diego Comic-Con a few years back and met one of my favorite authors, and he made me squee involuntarily. I also did a tiny dance and I might have peed a little bit when he shook my hand.”
“You did not,” Leif stated flatly.
Hearne, Kevin (2011-07-05). Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Three) (p. 87). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
My Leif is being played by actor Charlie Hunnam, whom I think meets and exceeds the criteria for a hot, big, blond, Viking vampire perfectly! *sighs* I love Leif! I wanted to include a ton more info and quotes about him, but I also didn’t want to give away too many spoilers for those that haven’t read the books yet.
But, like a good fangirl, I did some stealth like stalking on Mr. Hearne’s website, and found a entertaining post on The Vampire Derailment, in which Hearne shares another way a scene from Hammered could have gone. He also included a trading card of Leif in his post. So, naturally, I grabbed it to show it off here.
And now a little something exclusively for My Book Boyfriend participants!
When I first started the MBB meme, I really wasn't sure anyone would play along with me. My obsession with fictional boys may seem perfectly normal to me, but my family members tend to get that far away look in their eyes when I prattle on about my latest book boy crush for longer than a minute.
That said, I'm very grateful to the MBBers who take the time to swoon over boys in books with me by submitting a MBB post to the linky collection every week. Y'all stun and delight me!
As a way to say THANK YOU for keeping this meme going, every week in November, when the linky collection closes for the week, I'm gonna use random.org to pick a MBB link from the collection and that person will WIN a book of their choice from ANY of the book boyfriends I've had since this meme started in January. That's over 40 book boyfriends to choose from! Here is the complete list: My Book Boyfriends!
Yup, that's right, I'm letting MBB participants take MY book boyfriends to their house! I hope I've explained this correctly. Just to be clear:
One MBB Participant, Every Week in November, Wins a Book of Their Choice, In Any Format (hardcover, paperback, e-book, audiobook) of Their Choice as long as it's available in their area, From This List: My Book Boyfriends!
Thanks again, MBBers. Y'all rock my world!
Iron Druid Chronicles #3
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Length: 9hrs & 40mins
July 5, 2011
Audible | Amazon | Goodreads
Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.
One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.
Thor is an ASSHOLE!
Atticus is the reason the word AWESOME exists.
And I’m IN LOVE with a vampire named Leif Helgarson. Shocking, I know.
After listening to Hexed, book 2 of The Iron Druid Chronicles, on audiobook, I wasn’t sure if continuing the series in said format was wise because due to the amount of detailed history that is revealed from each new character that Atticus happens upon. I remember becoming overly concerned that I might have missed something important, and was frustrated that I couldn’t easily turn the pages back to re-read the background information that was being shared quickly. And while I’ll admit that the I encountered the same struggles with Hammered on audiobook due to the introduction of a large ensemble of new character, each carrying their own abounding past, I do have to say there is nothing more entertaining that listening to an ancient druid explain what ‘squeeing’ means to a century old vampire.
I’m not sure how many times I’ve told myself that UF is not my thing. I’m a romance girl at heart, and I need my smexy bits too. But there is much to be said about a thoroughly entertaining and subtly clever tale, riddled with male bravado and hidden emotion.
This installment showed a completely different side of Atticus, highlighting the many facets he’s developed and cultivated in his very long life. I’m used to giggling along with Atticus as he shares his misadventures, but I wasn’t expecting to cry! And while there were still a great many deal of laughs to be had, like when a Druid goes into battle against Thor buck naked, tears brimmed my eyes several times when personal stories were shared among the men in Atticus’ group, who have all been wrong by Thor. Leif’s story was especially heart breaking and served as a grim reminder that the need for revenge doesn’t die easily.
This series is stellar! It makes me want to hunt Kevin Hearne down and fangirl all over him, and hopefully one day I can, without peeing my pants in the process!
I can’t wait unit the release of the fourth book in the series, Tricked, which comes out in April 2012. Before it’s release, I plan on re-read the series. Would anyone be interested in joining me for a read-along of the first book, Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1)? Let me know and I’ll put something together for March.
Challenge(s): 111 in ‘11 Challenge, 2011 Audio Book Challenge
The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Length: 8hrs & 52mins
June 7th 2011
Amazon | Audible | Goodreads
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.
With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.
After completely loving every minute of Hounded on audiobook, I’d been eager to give Hexed a go. It took me a while, but I finally had a chance to listen to it all the way through, and while my massive crush on Atticus may have deflated a little, I still have to admit that I found this second installment thoroughly enjoyable.
If anyone knows how to go into battle, it’s Atticus, ancient Druid and bookshop owner. Of course, he’d rather not, but no one around him seems to care about that fun factoid. And since Atticus is still dealing with the aftermath of successfully killing a Celtic god, there are quite a few people pounding on his door, asking for favors. There are also more than a few that want him gone of good. So, when some crazy ass witches blow into town looking to take over, Atticus doesn’t waste time gearing up for a game of Witch Smackdown… Iron Druid style.
Again, Luke Daniels delivered an outstanding performance of Atticus & Co. in Hexed. I have no doubt that Daniels has fun performing the various voices because I can hear how much care he puts into conveying the right persona for each character, and yet, he does it rather effortlessly!
While I loved the audio performance of Hexed, I’m not sure how well it worked for me as an audiobook because of the story that unfolded. Hearne cleverly interweaved bits of history into the story, effectively bring it to life by tying it to the past. But as more details were revealed, a lot of the cross references had me wishing I was holding a print copy in my hands so I could easily go back a few pages to re-read what I missed.
On audiobook, all the new info seemed a bit overwhelming, and I had trouble keeping it all straight. Still, Hexed is a rich, action-packed, and fascinating adventure story. What I appreciate most is that Hearne doesn’t hold back. Atticus’ missions aren’t simple walks in the park. The beating he takes are just as rough on him as they are on his foes. Yet, through it all, Atticus retains his great sense of humor and more times that not, he had me LOLing all over myself.
Sadly, Oberon, Atticus’ beloved Irish wolfhound, seemed to be on a short leash in Hexed. I was kind of glad he was left out of all the major battle scenes and kept in safety, but I would have liked to spend more time with him. I guess that happens when you have a lot of characters trying to get their face time in.
So how exactly did Atticus break my heart? Well, he spent much of the novel reciting baseball stats to get his mind off his horn-dog tendencies, acting more like an adolescent boy that just reached puberty than a 21 centuries old Druid. Sure, maybe it was kind of cute the first time he tried to distract himself, but it quickly grew very annoying. I guess the reason it really bothered me what it seemed very out of character for Atticus. Yeah, I get that he’s a hot blooded male who gets to have sex with actual goddesses, but he’s also been around the
block world more than a few times, so he’s seen his fair share of female body parts. Okay, Atticus, you can still get it up without the aid of little blue pills. Good for you. But, I get it. No seriously, I. Get. It. And, I don’t particularly want to hear you sprouting off baseball innuendos just to drive your point home.
I may have been more than a little disappointed and disheartened by those bits because I don’t recalled Atticus acting like that in book one. He treated sex very casually, which seemed more appropriate given his advanced age. Yet in Hexed, he acted like Gene Simmons in heat.
But even with that, Atticus has become one of my favorite book characters ever, and I’m looking forward to following him along on more of his misadventures.
Challenge(s): 111 in ‘11 Challenge, 2011 Audio Book Challenge
If you haven’t heard yet, I’ve been fangirling over the ever charming Atticus O’Sullivan and his adventures with his faithful companion, Oberon, in The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. I’ve been recommending book one, Hounded, to everyone I know, even the poor pizza delivery guy who had the most unfortunate lucky when he showed up at my door right after I heard back from Kevin Hearne about my interview request and happened to catch me in the middle of my squeeing happy dance. Not pretty!
Without further ado, please welcome author Kevin Hearne and check out the giveaway at the end of the post!
Describe your life in six words?
Words, whiskey, wings, wife, kid, & music. Not really in that order. I just wanted alliteration points.
I read on your website that The Iron Druid Chronicles was born out of an idea you had for a web comic. What was the biggest challenge you faced in developing the story?
I got stuck for a month and didn’t know where I was going—thought I’d written myself into a corner. But then I figured a way out. Still, after that experience, I started to use outlines.
The Iron Druid Chronicles stars Atticus, an ancient Druid, and his loyal sidekick/best friend, Oberon, an Irish Wolfhound. As far as duos go, these two are pretty dynamic. What makes them works so well together?
I’m kind of leery about examining it too hard—I might jinx it. But in general I think it’s the sort of relationship everyone wishes they could have with their pets.
The Iron Druid Chronicles mashes together all types of supernatural beings and mythological creatures. If you were to write a spin off series, which character’s story would you tell next and why?
I suppose I’d write from the point of view of one of the witches—either the Polish ones or the single Indian one. They have such different worldviews from Atticus, and it might be amusing to explore them.
Boy, how times have changed. I mean, Oberon has his own twitter account (@IrishOberon)! Is there anything in particular you miss about life before technology exploded?
Homemade ice cream. I know it’s still possible to make, but nobody does. They’ve even motorized those hand-cranked machines, you know that? It’s a shame. Otherwise I like the tech stuff. Ebooks, in particular, give me an opportunity to tell stories I wouldn’t be able to tell otherwise.
Out of all your characters, which do you relate to the most? Which the least?
I relate to the widow MacDonagh. There’s nothing so fine as sitting on the porch and chatting with friends. Least? Laksha Kulasekharan. Her sense of morality is just plain scary.
Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Bk 1
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Length: 8 hrs & 11 mins
Audible release: 04-19-11
Audible | Amazon | GR
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old — when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power — plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish — to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
I’m giveaway an audiobook of Hounded* by Kevin Hearne, narrated by Luke Daniels. This prize will be sent as a ‘gift’ to the winner from Audible.com and may require that you have an Audible.com account.
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- Ends 09/29 at 11:59pm CST.
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- Prize substituted for another book in the series of equal or lesser value.
It’s been weeks since I’ve heard the audiobook of Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne, but I still haven’t been able to get Atticus O’Sullivan out of my mind. Who knew Druids could be so desirable?
Atticus O’Sullivan facts:
- real name: Siodhachan Ó Suileabháin
- is an ancient Druid
- is Irish with curly red hair, fair skin, and a long goatee
- is twenty-one centuries old, but doesn’t look older than 21 years
- has met Galileo and saw Shakespeare’s plays when they first debuted
- has a beloved Irish wolfhound named Oberon who has been trained to speak English with Atticus through their special bond.
- lives in Tempe, Arizona
- owns Third Eye Books and Herbs
- carries around a sword called, Fragarach, the Answerer. Which sounds a lot like Fraggle Rock! How cool is that?!
- made a deal with Morrigan, Celtic Chooser of the Slain and goddess of war, for his immortality.
- always wears an amulet that took him 750 years to make; protects him from the Fae and other magic users
- has a wicked sense of humor
So, who would I cast as Atticus O’Sullivan? Well, I tried for hours to find out who the cover model of The Iron Druid series is because, Hello, he is damn hot!, but it was all to no avail. I think he might be CGI or something. So if I can’t pick the cover model, I’d go with actor Orlando Bloom!
I think Orlando could totally work based on that illustration by the author Kevin Hearne. Right?
Anyhoo, Hounded is a super fun story. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series. Read the first six chapters of Hounded by Kevin Hearne here.
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