The Iron Druid Chronicles In Order

The Iron Druid Chronicles is a popular series of urban fantasy novels created by Kevin Hearne.

The series is characterized by its blend of mythology and the modern day, following the story of Atticus O’Sullivan as he is dragged into a world of gods and fantasy creatures.

The Iron Druid Chronicles In Order

Spanning 10 books that include rising stakes and a diverse cast of characters and mythological creatures, Hearne has created a series that reads fast and keeps you hooked from the very beginning.

If you’ve recently found yourself interested in this book series, but want to know more about the correct reading order, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I’m going to give you a definitive reading order for the series so that you won’t miss any of the multi-faceted world-building or exciting plotlines.

About The Iron Druid Chronicles

This series is well known for its fast pace, action, witty humor, and engaging characters that stick with readers.

Hearne has created a unique world that blends epic mythology and modern-day culture for an immersive world that keeps readers hooked.

Each book in the series increases the stakes of the story, with the main character Atticus struggling with all kinds of increasingly powerful foes.

From the first novel in the series Hounded, readers are introduced to Atticus O’Sullivan, who is a 2000-year-old druid living in the modern-day setting of Arizona, USA.

Pursued by a Celtic God and equipped with some important magical items and powers, readers follow as Atticus is caught up in a saga of various magical creatures and dangerous plots.

With 10 main entries in the series, as well as a short story collection and prequel novel, there is a lot for you to get through if you’re a new fan of the series.

In the section below, I’m going to take you through each novel in the series, and explain a decisive reading order that will help you experience the lore of the world in the best possible way.

The Iron Druid Chronicles Suggested Reading Order

Hounded (Published 2011)

Hounded (with two bonus short stories): Book One of The Iron Druid Chronicles

Hounded is the first book of the series.

Atticus O’Sullivan, a 2,000-year-old druid living in Arizona, is being pursued by a Celtic god who wants to steal an item in Atticus’ possession.

Along the way, Atticus teams up with a werewolf lawyer, a vampire, and other supernatural beings to protect his town and his life.

“Hounded” introduces readers to the world of the Iron Druid Chronicles and establishes the main characters and their relationships.


  • A great introduction to the series.


  • Doesn’t include some as exciting a plot as other entries.

Hexed (Published 2011)

Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Hearne, Kevin (2011)

Hexed is the second installment of The Iron Druid Chronicles, following Atticus as he investigates a sudden increase in the witch population in town Soon he is forced into a tirade of mythical monsters, including a fallen angel that feasts on local high school students, and a Celtic goddess chasing after him.

This sequel follows on from the first novel, expanding Hearne’s urban fantasy into another thrilling adventure.


  • Lots of monsters in this one!


  • Feels episodic.

Hammered (Published 2011)

Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles)

For the third novel of the year, Kevin Hearne released Hammered, an entry to the series that focuses on the Norse god of thunder Thor.

This entry focuses on the side character of Leif Helgarson, who enlists Atticus to help him take down the god.

This, combined with a vampire turf war beginning to range back at home, creates a thrilling blend of mythologies and an epic showdown between magical creatures and gods.


  • Features Norse mythology.


  • Lots of different mythologies can be overwhelming for a new reader.

Tricked (Published 2012)

Tricked (Iron Druid Chronicles)

Kevin Hearne’s lightning-fast pace continued with two novels in 2012, the first being Tricked.

This novel follows Hammered when a series of vengeful Norse gods come looking for him.

This kicks off a story that follows Atticus faking his death and getting into a thrilling battle with a group of desert shapeshifters.

This is the next entry in the series that expands the world and explores other mythologies.


  • One of the best plots in the series.


  • Breaks away from some of the Celtic mythology explored in previous entries.

Two Ravens And One Crow (Published 2012)

Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella (The Iron Druid Chronicles)

This novel is the first of three novellas that take place between Tricked and the next entry Trapped.

You should read them if you want to have a full understanding of the lore and the events that occur, but you can skip them if you just want to read the main entries of the series.


  • A very short novella.


  • Isn’t integral to the overall plot.

The Demon Barker Of Wheat Street (Published 2014)

Carniepunk: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street (The Iron Druid Chronicles)

Next up is The Demon Barker Of Wheat Street, a novella that takes Atticus on a more light-hearted journey through a carnival with a horrifying secret.

If you’re looking for something fun, short, and easy to read, this is another great entry that expands the world and does more with the central characters of Atticus and Granuaile.


  • Acts as a nice break from the series.


  • Very skippable.

The Chapel Perilous (Published 2014)

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This is an important novella if you want to learn more about the history of Atticus O’Sullivan’s 2000-year life.

This is a story that explains his quest for the holy grail, whereupon he is forced to face off against evil at a mysterious chapel.

This is an important story if you want to know about the past of the series’ central character.


  • A great insight into the life of Atticus.


  • Features a fantasy-medieval setting that some readers won’t enjoy.

Trapped (Published 2012)

Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles) by Hearne, Kevin [29 November 2012]

For the second full entry published in 2012, we have Trapped, a novel that sees Atticus take on an apprentice and introduce another druid to the world.

This story sees Atticus, Oberon, and his new apprentice traveling to Mount Olympus to battle against roman gods, dark elves, and an ancient vampire.

This is the first novel in the series to fully explore the new character of Granuaile who becomes important in subsequent entries.


  • Introduces new characters.


  • One of the longer novels in the series.

Grimoire Of The Lamb (Published 2013)

Grimoire of the Lamb: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella (The Iron Druid Chronicles)

Grimoire of the Lamb is a prequel to the series, but one I would recommend you read before continuing with the series with Hunted.

Try this one if you want a thrilling tale that will explore more of Atticus’ past.


  • A good prequel novel.


  • Breaks from the main series.

Hunted (Published 2013)

Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Six

Hearne’s only entry in 2013 was Hunted, a tale that sees Atticus pursued by the goddesses of the hunt.

This story will take you through some of the most important parts of Europe, in a deadly game of hide and seek that features both Norse and Greek mythology.


Fast-paced and interesting.


  • Requires knowledge of previous entries to fully enjoy.

Shattered (Published 2014)

Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Seven

This is the first novel in the series that sees three druids in the world.

Follow the series as it expands to include more characters, unveils old druid lore, and thrills you with a whole crew of druids versus a series of intriguing mythological creatures.

Shattered is another entry that ramps up the stakes and expands the urban fantasy world that Hearne has created.


  • Includes a larger cast.


  • Very much a late novel that requires you to know about the lore.

Staked (Published 2016)

Staked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Eight

Staked is the first novel after a 2-year break that sees Atticus facing off against an immortal legion of vampires.

If you loved the vampire aspects of the previous novels, then this one is going to feel like a real treat for you.


  • Lots of vampires.


  • Maybe too many vampires!

The Purloined Poodle (Published 2016)

The Purloined Poodle (Oberon's Meaty Mysteries)

Following the tradition of whimsical novellas between his main series, Hearne published The Purloined Poodle, a novel that follows Atticus’ faithful Irish wolfhound Oberon as he tries to solve the case of a kidnapped poodle.

This is a great tale if you want a break from the main series.


A whimsical tale and a good break from the series.


  • If you don’t like Oberon, this won’t be for you!

Besieged (2017)

Besieged: Book Nine: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles

Besieged is the next novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles and an unusual entry that is a collection of stories from all different parts of Atticus’ past.

If you’re looking for some one-shots that you can read and enjoy on the fly, this is a great expansion of Hearne’s universe.


  • Lots of stories to enjoy.


  • Breaks from the main story.

Scourged (2018)

Scourged (The Iron Druid Chronicles)

For the final novel in the series, we have Scourged, which sees Atticus and the crew face off against the end of the world.

This is the last entry into the main series and so the last one you should read.


  • A great conclusion to the series.


  • Definitely can’t be read as a standalone entry.

Final Thoughts

So that was my recommended reading order for The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.

As you can see, there’s a lot to get through, and a lot of different stories for you to enjoy.

One thing I’d like to point out before I finish is that even though the order above should be your preferred choice, you can still read the books out of order as they follow an episode ‘monster-of-the-week’ kind of format, especially the novellas and short stories—so it’s not the end of the world if you happen to buy one book before the next.

I hope that this guide has given you an idea of how to tackle this large series by Kevin Hearne and that you’re now more confident about which entry to pick up next!

Happy reading!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is There Going To Be Another Iron Druid Book?

Although there’s still a chance for extra novellas or even entries, Kevin Hearne has concluded the series with Scourged in 2018.

Does Kevin Hearne Have Another Series?

If you want to check out his other series, you should try The Seven Kennings which is a 3 book series in a new fantasy world.

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