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    • Publication date:13 Jul 2017
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Besieged

Stories from the Iron Druid Chronicles

By Kevin Hearne

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An action-packed collection of original short stories set in the world of Kevin Hearne's New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES

The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world . . .

Discover this action-packed collection of short stories featuring Atticus O'Sullivan - the two-thousand-year-old tattooed Irishman with extraordinary powers from Kevin Hearne's New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles.

- In ancient Egypt, Atticus raids a secret chamber underneath the library of Alexandria, dodging deadly traps, only to learn that on-site security includes two members of the Egyptian pantheon . . .

- During the Gold Rush, the avatar of greed himself turns the streets of San Francisco red with blood and upsets the elemental Sequoia. Atticus may have to fight fire with fire if he's going to restore balance . . .

- In olde England, striking up a friendship with William Shakespeare lands both Atticus and the Bard in boiling hot water with a trio of infamous witches . . .

Prepare to be besieged by these and other tantalizing tales of magic and adventure featuring bogeymen, vampire hordes, wrathful wraiths, and even a journey to the realm of the dead.

'Atticus and his crew are a breath of fresh air! . . . I love, love love this series' My Bookish Ways

'Hearne is a terrific storyteller' SFF World

Biographical Notes

Kevin Hearne is a native of Arizona and really appreciates whoever invented air-conditioning. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and now teaches high school English. When he's not grading essays or writing novels, he tends to his basil plants and paints landscapes with his daughter. He has been known to obsess over fonts, frolic unreservedly with dogs and stop whatever he's doing in the rare event of rain to commune with the precipitation. He enjoys hiking, the guilty pleasure of comic books and living with his wife and daughter in a wee, snug cottage.

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  • ISBN: 9781405539791
  • Publication date: 05 Apr 2018
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  • Imprint: Hachette Audio
Atticus and his crew are a breath of fresh air! . . . I love, love, love this series — MY BOOKISH WAYS
[The Iron Druid books] are clever, fast-paced and a good escape — BOING BOING
Funny, razor-sharp . . . plenty of action, humour and mythology — BOOKLIST on SHATTERED
Exciting . . . [Atticus] is one of the best main characters currently present in the urban fantasy genre — FANTASY BOOK CRITIC on TRICKED
This is one series no fantasy fan should miss. Mystery, suspense, magic and mayhem — SCIFI CHICK
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Authors:
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Authors:
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Orbit

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