Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1
Published by Del Rey on May 3, 2011
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
Although I’ve always been a romance reader, I’ve also been a Fantasy/Paranormal fan ever since my preteen self found The Hobbit way back when. While on a long road of recovery this year, I‘ve wandered a bit from my strict romance diet. I’ve reread all my Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews books which, although they have a touch of romance, are pretty much firmly in the Urban Fantasy wheelhouse. When I ran out of those, I found myself adrift. Not in the mood for Contemporary Romance and not really wanting to start a new series that wasn’t romance, I pulled up my seldom used anymore Nook app and perused my old purchases. What caught my eye was Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles. I haven’t revisited this in years and it delighted me when I saw there have been even more published in the series since I quit following it.
Now, if you have to have romance in your reads, this is not the series for you. But, if you like a good fantasy read every once in a while that is chock full of action, suspense, and humor, you will love this series. It has gods from all the pantheons wreaking havoc, vampires, werewolves, and the world’s absolute coolest and most hilarious Irish Wolfhound sidekick who can telepathically talk to his owner. I have to say, even if Atticus wasn’t such a great MC, I’d read this series for the dog alone.
Atticus is a two thousand year old druid who looks like a twenty-one-year-old kid. He is snarky, fun, and OMG is he badass. Making things even better, he has a magical sword that can cut through any armor. Atticus reminds me of why I was always a druid/mage in my Dungeons and Dragons days when I was a geeky teenager. They can kick some serious ass!
He also has enemies including one certain Celtic love god who isn’t all that loving. More like a sociopathic murderer whose only goal in life is to kill a certain druid so he can have his sword. And he’s recruited lots of help in the form of witches and demons as well as a handful of scary monsters to help him.
I had so much fun rereading this! I’d forgotten how funny Atticus was and how much I adored his dog, Oberon. Seriously, my poor husband will be horrified that I’m back on an Irish wolfhound kick. We need one of our very own.
Hounded was fast-paced, hilarious, full of all the snark and sarcasm I love, and jam-packed with action. The only thing missing was some romance, but since I was so busy having fun reading it, I can’t say I missed it too much. In fact, I’m going to be diving into the next in the series as soon as I’m done writing this review.
Rating: 4 This was fun Stars
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