To be totally honest I was a little disappointed by this book. This was a total shock to me, since I love the Iron Druid series. I think I’ve preordered every book as soon as it was announced since I caught up on the series. I think Oberon might be my all time favorite character in pretty much anything. If I’m being totally honest, my first inclination was to give this book only three stars, not four. I can’t decide if that’s because I had such high hopes for this book and it actually deserves a four, or if I am giving a pity star because I love the series so much but the book actually deserves three.
The biggest reason for my disappointment in Shattered, is that the characters are all over the place. I don’t remember when the series started taking place from multiple perspectives, but I am pretty sure it wasn’t book one. I do remember that it felt jarring, and disappointing, since I like the original main character; the Iron Druid. Not only did that split-perspective stuff happen in this book, but it was with a character I don’t really have anything invested in, since he’s new.
The other problem with this approach is that the author split up the three characters. Presumably this was so the chapter/character perspective rotation thing made more sense. If they had all been in the same place the whole time, why bother? But then it persisted through the whole book; even when they actually were in the same place. Which was definitely not enough of the time.
Plus, there just wasn’t enough Oberon.
I know this series has an end in sight (I can’t remember if there’s one or two more books, but there aren’t many left). Thinking back on it, I can’t help but wonder if the author is already bored with Atticus and Oberon. That would explain why he spent 2/3 of the book writing from someone else’s point of view. Either that, or maybe he thought the multiple perspective thing would be a good idea and then couldn’t work his way out of it. There were some really short chapters that felt like filler, so that he could rotate back to the story he — and/or I — cared about.
If you’ve read and enjoyed the first 6 books, read this one. But don’t get your hopes up.