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Death & Honey

Series: Shadow (Bowen), Book 4.5, Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 9.5
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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Death & Honey contains three new novellas by New York Times best sellers Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne, and Chuck Wendig. 

In The Buzz Kill by Kevin Hearne, Oberon the Irish wolfhound, and Starbuck the Boston Terrier sink their teeth into a new Meaty Mystery when they discover a body underneath a beehive in Tasmania. It’s been badly stung, but the bees aren’t at fault: This is homicide. The hounds recruit the help of their Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan, and the Tasmanian police to track down the killer in the interest of a reward - but this time, they want more than food, and justice.

Grist of Bees, by Delilah S. Dawson writing as Lila Bowen, follows Rhett Walker, who has given up his destiny as the monster-hunting Shadow to settle down with his beloved Sam. But when the call to action grows too strong, Rhett saddles up to follow a peculiar bee into the unforgiving desert. The bee leads him to a weeping mother in a strangely prosperous valley, and Rhett has no choice but to hunt the creature that's stolen her child - even if it destroys a land of milk and honey.

Interlude: Tanager by Chuck Wendig returns us to the world of Miriam Black. Lauren “Wren" Martin is a young psychic woman who can see the stained souls of killers; it is her gift, or as she sees it, her curse. And up until now, it has been her mission to kill those killers, to remove them from the pattern so that they may not murder again. But now, after a death that may not have been deserved, she’s left rudderless, without plan or purpose, until a woman with a strange power of her own takes her in and gives her a new mission - and a new target.

©2019 Kevin Hearne, Chuck Wendig, D.S. Dawson (P)2018 Luke Daniels, Xe Sands

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  • aolshove
  • 08-04-19

Meh.

I feel I need to apologize because I really WANTED to like the stories by Dawson and Wendig and I get that they're good, respected, buddies of Hearne, but they just didn't grab my attention like the IDC series. Are just a couple of stories not enough to "hook" me or is there something deeper about the attraction we have for one content vs the next? I don't know, I just couldn't get into the concept of the other characters in the other short stories. They just didn't interest me, personally and I kind of feel bad because it must be really tough to conceptualize that magical stew that is world-building. I get it though. I get what they were trying to do but I just can't get on board. I loved the IDC addendum to the series though. I wanted more of THAT.

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  • Baige
  • 28-04-19

2/3 5 stars

Hearne and Bowen’s stories were phenomenal. I initially read this only for Kevin Hearne, but I am now 100% invested in reading the series that Bowen’s short story came from. I will not, however, touch Wendig’s with a ten foot pole.


The third story just felt like a few hours of despair. If you like reading books where bad things happen to the character over and over again and the author makes the character say fuck 938 times so you don’t forget that she’s edgy, then you’d probably like this story. If you’re into a nuanced plot that doesn’t rely on the same sequence of events occurring 4 times in a row (girl with psychic powers trusts someone, uses her powers, discovers she’s being manipulated, kills everyone, cycle repeats x4), then you probably won’t like this.

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  • Jennifer
  • 31-03-19

Only the first story was any good

Basically, not worth the $. Breaks down to:
1st story- good
2nd story- please kill me
3rd - stupid
I’d hoped to find a new author I might like but no such luck.

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  • jam
  • 12-03-19

3 Separate Stories

The druid story was great as always, but not the other two. Just wish the druid story was longer.

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  • R. Sippel
  • 05-03-19

I want my credit back!

This was to be the last book of the series, instead it felt like Kevin's publisher was telling him "well just write anything". This book is maybe 4 hours of Oberon then the second half is a different book by a different author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-19

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I'm sorry I bought this the other stories were blah. going to get a refund.

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  • Joy Owleyes
  • 15-05-19

Another Meaty Mystery

I graded the book as a whole. Hearn's story with Daniel's performance was epic as always. The 2nd story is ok, but the 3rd story had me longing for it to end. Rough listen. Did not like the characters or subject matter (psychos, rape, murder, cannibalism) but I did like the narrator. I don't regret purchasing because hearing Oberon again made it worth it!

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  • JustJames73
  • 08-05-19

After reading other reviews...

I expected a lot less of this collection. I'll agree that the stories weren't great, but the aren't as bad as others made them out to be. If you DEMAND a great read or don't appreciate strong language spare your self the annoyance. Otherwise, go ahead and get the book to finish up the chronicles.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 08-03-19

First 2 stories Great 3rd not so

I loved the story by Kevin Hearn and the narrator was Excellent. 2nd story good and good narrator. The 3rd story basicly was not very good and Narrator Poor could hear her very well and recording not really all that clear in parts. I would not recommend 3rd author or the narrator she used.

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  • M Wiora
  • 01-04-19

mixed eval

For me, the first story was excellent. I love Oberon's Meaty Mysteries. The second? Good and I'm willing to explore more works. The third? I didn't make it all the way through the story. The author's way too dark with way too many cuss words. It doesn't leave the reader with a hopeful feeling.

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