I mentioned in my June reading list that @kevinhearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles is my #1 favorite urban fantasy series – a series which features my favorite character, Oberon, who describes himself thusly: “I am the best friend of Atticus O'Sullivan. Meet me on the Mongolian steppes and we will ride to glory! Also, I like sausage and bitches. “
I loved the series from the first book and all of the main characters, but Atticus’ wolf hound, Oberon, is so memorable that in the latest book, Shattered (Iron Druid #7), I found myself looking forward to the next scene in which we would appear.
Let me give you a few examples that illustrate why Oberon is my favorite character.
First, he has a particular world view and is both enthusiastic and authentic. He has his own voice. Here is a good example from Tricked (Iron Druid #4):
“Hey, Oberon,” I called, filling up the tub for him, “it’s time for your bath!”
<It is?> He sounded doubtful. <Do you have a decent story?> Oberon wouldn’t sit still for baths unless I told him a story—a real story about historical figures. He never settled for faerie tales.
“I’m going to tell you the true story of a man named Francis Bacon.”
<BACON?> He came running so fast that he couldn’t negotiate the sharp turn into the bathroom very well, and he slammed into the door awkwardly and then splashed into the tub, soaking me after I’d just finished drying off.
<Oh, this is going to be great! I can tell I’m going to like this man already. He had to have been a genius with a name like that. Was he a genius?>
“Yes, he was.”
<I knew it! I have an instinct for that kind of thing. But I hope this story doesn’t end with him chopped into bits and sprinkled on a salad. That would be tragic, and a story about bacon should be uplifting.>
And of course Oberon has come clear opinions about squirrels, as demonstrated in Trapped (Iron Druid #5):
How did you ever think to look for this? I asked Oberon.
<I didn’t think of it, to be honest. Finding it was a happy accident. You see, there was a squirrel on that pine tree, giving me some lip as I was passing down by the stream. He said some bawdy things about my mom—>
Oberon, come on.
<Well, all right, I don’t know what he said, but he definitely had an attitude, just like all squirrels, and he deserved to be chased up to the top and kept there for a while. I wouldn’t have come up here otherwise.>
Well, this is perfect. We owe that squirrel for leading you here.
<Wait a second! How come the squirrel gets all the credit?>
I was thinking he’d get all the credit and you’d get all the sausage.
<Oh! That sounds completely fair, Atticus; I really can’t argue with that.>
And finally, since I don’t want to spoil any major plot elements of the latest book, let me share this small bit of conversation about India:
<What’s it like in India?>
“Oh, that’s right, you’ve never been there at all. Well, brace yourself, buddy. More than a billion people live there, and the majority of them are vegetarians.”
<Ha-ha, very funny.>
“I’m serious, Oberon. Cows are sacred. Nobody eats them.”
<Are you trying to scare me?>
I grinned at him. “Sounds like a harrowing adventure, doesn’t it? Come on, Oberon. Paws on the tree.”
<Wait, Atticus, I think we should talk about this—>
Let me share some other key links related to this series and the author, Kevin Hearne, who is very involved with his fans and social media.
- Kevin Hearne’s web site: http://kevinhearne.com/
- Kevin Hearne’s facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkevin
- Kevin Hearne’s twitter: @kevinhearne
Also, a few of The Iron Druid characters engage directly on twitter as well:
- @IrishOberon – I am the best friend of Atticus O'Sullivan. Meet me on the Mongolian steppes and we will ride to glory! Also, I like sausage and bitches.
- @IronDruid – Tea maker. Druid. I am not Kevin Hearne; we are not one and the same. I'm just the guy he gets his stories from.
- @ArchdruidOwen – A man out of his time. Trying not to get killed by Siodhachan and his fecking hound. Me story is in the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.
So if you haven't already discovered this awesome series, I wholeheartedly recommend you get Hounded (Iron Druid #1) and start it today!