By Kevin Hearne
Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for greater than millennia and not using a good bit of Celtic crafty. So while vengeful thunder gods come Norse by means of Southwest searching for payback, Atticus, with a bit aid from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, permits them to imagine that they’ve chopped up his physique within the Arizona desert.
But the mischievous Coyote isn't really above a bit sleight of paw, and Atticus quickly reveals that he’s been duped into combating bloodthirsty desolate tract shapeshifters referred to as skinwalkers. simply while the Druid thinks he’s received a deal with on all of the duplicity, betrayal comes from an not going resource. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled back. recognized final phrases.
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He was once a bit overdue to say it. The Morrigan was once already determining it up. “It is the rightful estate of the Tuatha Dé Danann. The Druid stole it from us. ” She ignored the half the place she helped me scouse borrow it, i realized. “And I gained it of him. It belongs to me now,” Vidar stated. “Be cautious, little god,” the Morrigan’s voice grated, risk crackling within the charged air. “Do no longer mistake me for considered one of your Valkyries. you've gotten slain the Druid and avenged your humans, as was once your correct, yet you could no longer tread at the rights of the Tuatha Dé Danann. ” Vidar bristled. He didn’t like being scolded by means of a unadorned girl in entrance of the entire macho thunder gods. If he permit it stand, he might lose significant testosterone issues. used to be he clever sufficient to permit it cross? He clenched his jaw, held out his left hand, and beckoned. “Give me the sword, lady, or i'm going to take it. ” Nope. now not shrewdpermanent in any respect. The Morrigan’s smile was once extensive and depraved as she settled right into a protective stance, Fragarach raised at the back of her head. “Come and take it, then. ” Now he was once smartly trapped in a jail of his personal devising. but he nonetheless had the most important; all he needed to do used to be chuckle on the Morrigan and say, “I was once in basic terms joking. Begone along with your faerie sword, I care not,” and he’d get to come back to Asgard a hero, even perhaps take over the joint. He may possibly stroll into Gladsheim and inform the remainder Æsir, “I slew the dude who slew Freyr and Týr and crippled Odin,” after which they’d fete him and compliment him and he’d certainly get laid. the very last thing he may still do is hearken to the voice of machismo and provides conflict to a goddess whose basic strength is to settle on who dies in conflict. Did he imagine he used to be invincible by some means? Did he no longer remember the fact that the entire Norse prophecies have been null, the Norns have been useless and so have been the various gods who have been purported to fall in Ragnarok? He used to be now not fated to kill Fenris within the ultimate gore-spattered brouhaha. If my journey to Asgard and the butchered is still of Týr confirmed something, it confirmed that the Æsir may perhaps now die at any time. yet no, the dumbass charged. “For Odin! ” he cried, considering maybe it used to be a fortunate factor to claim because it had labored so good opposed to the fallen Druid. however the Morrigan wasn’t off stability and out of place just like the fake Atticus have been, and he or she had the entire energy of the earth at her command as well as the powers of a goddess. As Vidar swung at her, she darted speedier than the attention may well song to her correct, out of the trail of Vidar’s sword. She spun round in a blur, prior his guard, and swung Fragarach from in the back of him with palms, shearing his torso in twain and sending the pinnacle part crusing fifty toes because the backside part staggered one other step and collapsed. The Morrigan reset herself dealing with the thunder gods as Vidar’s head and shoulders smacked wetly to the earth. Her posture dared them to assault, yet they'd no such intentions. They jointly acknowledged, “Ahhh,” and gave her a around of golfing claps for the staggering slaughter. “An very good swing,” Shango stated. “You warned him yet didn't toy with him.