Junkyard Druid by M.D. Massey
Just a college kid trying to lead a normal life after studying and being trained as a druid under his thousand year old “uncle”.
Publisher’s Description: A cursed druid, blackmailed by a faery queen to find a missing magic rock. Let’s just hope they don’t hack the druid off… for everyone’s sake.
Name’s Colin McCool. Folks call me the Junkyard Druid. I hate that name.
Despite my last name, I’m not “cool” like the other hunters in town. I don’t run an occult bookstore, I’ve never owned a Harley, and I didn’t inherit a family fortune passed down through generations of hunters before me.
And I kind of have this curse on me that’s messed up my life.
So, things have gone to hell since I was cursed. I live in a junkyard, my mentor Finn is a heroin addict, I’ve got the Cold Iron Circle breathing down my neck, and the local Fae Queen Maeve is blackmailing me into doing her dirty work.
Now I’m in way over my head trying to retrieve Maeve’s stolen magic rock, all while helping my friend Belladonna solve a series of murders that may or may not involve the local werewolves.
And did I mention that my girlfriend is a ghost?
If I can just get the Faery Queen’s tathlum back, and help Belladonna solve the murders…
Then I just might live long enough to finish my first year of college.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
I have had this book on my TBR shelf for awhile now. I liked the cover and picked it up because it looked and sounded like something I’d enjoy.
This was a book that had events in it that I did not see coming. If I would have known they were coming, I probably wouldn’t have read it. You know, I come by the Nervous Nell nickname quite honestly. So, since we are here, everyone knows I read it. I thought it was pretty dang good.
Often the word ‘Druid’ brings up thought of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid, Atticus, but this kid is not Atticus. There are lots of reviews out there and some people hate Colin and some love him. First thing I want to say about that is: Colin is NOT Atticus! Get over it already. This is a different character and he’s a lot more angry, devastated by his loss and a whole lot less about helping people. He’s not a thousand year old druid so he doesn’t have the same experience. He’s just a college kid and he just wants to be left alone.
The protagonist has some serious mental health damage after losing someone he cared for immensely. The story is written in two different time sequences. One with Colin McCool being young, directly after the devastating event and then the now Colin McCool. What I’m trying to say, is that the young Colin gives the backstory and the now Colin gives the story of what he’s going through in the present. They are both written well so I didn’t get mixed up even once.
Being trained by Colin’s uncle makes for a difficult transition into the normal world. Colin isn’t meant for normal. Colin won’t ever be normal. He’s studied and trained as a druid and he’s ingrained in the supernatural world, so no matter what, people will take advantage of his skills.
There was no sex, but plenty of magic and monsters. Even those little Travelocity gnome guys are in the book and they aren’t nearly as nice as I thought. There was Belladonna and Luther who were secondary characters – both rock. Maeve was in there too, and calculating as always. She’s a long game player and it was made crystal clear.
I thought this book was worth my time and I’m going to read the next book because I want to see what’s next.
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