Book Review: Grimoire of the Lamb

Book Review: Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne, The Iron Druid Chronicles #0.4

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.

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. 

I recently came read the first book in Kevin Hearne well known series The Iron Druid Chronicles, Hounded, and well what he has done to the Urban Fantasy genre is pretty darn cool. Introducing Druids instead of focusing on the well known urban sorcerers and wizards. This gives the main protagonist of the series quite an edge. Grimoire of the Lamb is a short novelette that takes place about five years before the events of the first book. 

The story of Grimoire of the Lamb picks up when Atticus O'Sullivan receives a phone call from a person in Egypt called Nkosi Elkhashab. Nkosi asks if Atticus can send the book over since he lives far away. A phone call that raises questions by Atticus, because the object in question is an ancient book that is known as the Grimoire of the Lamb, and only contains recipes on how to cook lamb. So what is so valuable about this book? This is something that Atticus learns the hard way as when Nkosi turn up on his doorstep he well.. he takes the book and all the wards that Atticus has raised around his shop cannot keep Nkosi not getting away with the book. Nkosi turns out to be a poserful man who just as Atticus dabbles in the supernatural power area. Nkosi knows the true power of the book, which is that it can create gods. Now Atticus is in a race against time to stop Nkosi from using the book for his domination. In order to stop Nkosi, Atticus has to travel to Egypt, which for him is pretty easy being a druid and all. But there is a but. Atticus hasn't been that good of a friend with the Egyptian pantheon. Namely with Bast who sends an army of cats after Atticus when he sets on foot there. Atticus does have another book with him that he calls Nice Kitty which has some details in it about Bast, with this book he hopes to get a truce out of it. That done, Atticus' job is far from over as he know has to deal with dark magic and demons! Will his earth power be enough to fight a strong Egyptian wizard who broke his bonds before?

Grimoire of the Lamb is a fast paced and highly entertaining story, having  read the first book in the Iron Druid Chroniceles plus the short story Chapel Periolous, this story was a very nice addition to the reading regime. it takes place before the first book this provides a very nice introduction in the series. Though there are some things that you have to accept on the go like what Atticus does and how it does, that only gets explained in first book for exmple. Still, if you are looking for an entry to get convinced to read the whole Iron Druid Chronicles series, Grimoire of the Lamb is a very good place to start.


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