“The Grimoire of the Lamb” is a prequel (#.4) to the Iron Druid Chronicles series by Kevin Hearne. This urban fantasy novella was published in audio format in 2013 by Random House Audio.
Quick Review: Excellent narration, lots of fun to listen to because of the detailed worldbuilding, likable characters, and lots of action.
Blurb: There’s nothing like an impromptu holiday to explore the birthplace of modern civilisation, but when Atticus and Oberon pursue a book-stealing Egyptian wizard – with a penchant for lamb – to the land of the pharaohs, they find themselves in hot, crocodile-infested water.
The trip takes an even nastier turn when they discover the true nature of the nefarious plot they’ve been drawn into. On the wrong side of the vengeful cat goddess Bast and chased by an unfathomable number of her yowling four-legged disciples, Atticus must find a way to appease or defeat Egypt’s deadliest gods – before his grimoire-grabbing quarry uses them to turn him into mincemeat.
Jen’s Review of “The Grimoire of the Lamb”
*This is a slightly edited review that first appeared on my old blog Books That Hook. I listened to the book via a download from the public library.
Atticus O’Sullivan receives a phone call from a man looking for a particular rare book, which Atticus refers to as the Grimoire of the Lamb because it appears to contain recipes for foods made with lamb.
I got a huge kick out of the narration. It was excellent! I loved the voice the narrator used for Oberon. (For those of you who haven’t read this series, Atticus can hear Oberon) The Irish Wolfhound is probably the best character in this series.
This novella was a fun, exciting, trip with lots of danger and laughable moments. I always enjoy Atticus’ inappropriate thoughts.
I liked that there was a system of magic that could take Atticus by surprise. Maybe a 2000 year old Druid who has had previous run-ins with Egyptian gods and goddesses should be better prepared to deal with their magic, but I appreciated Atticus’ shortcomings.
I also liked how we learn more of Atticus’ past. He’s not always been a good guy. I think that makes him a more interesting character.
At first, I was disturbed by the fight scene with the cats. Although I know cats can be dangerous, I didn’t like hearing about cats being thrown around. However, when Atticus told Oberon to try not to kill them, it made me feel a little better.
“The Grimoire of the Lamb” is a great addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles series.