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Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2011
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"Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut. Staying alive for 2,000 years takes a great deal of cunning, and sexy super-druid Atticus O'Sullivan, currently holed up in the Arizona desert, has vexed a few VIPs along the way. High up on that list is Aenghus Óg, the Celtic god of love. It's not just that Aenghus wants his sword back—though it is a very nice magical sword—but that Atticus didn't exactly ask permission to take it. Atticus and his trusty sidekick, Irish wolfhound Oberon, make an eminently readable daring duo as they dodge Aenghus's minions and thwart his schemes with plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review
“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.”—Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy
“Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.”—Kelly Meding, author of Three Days to Dead
“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”—Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising
About the Author
Kevin Hearne lives with his wife, son, and doggies in Colorado. He hugs trees and rocks out to heavy metal and will happily geek out over comics with you. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea.
Top customer reviews
Not only is the main character a great main character, the author did a great job with the story, other main characters, side characters, and dialog!
I recommend this 100% Definitely a top 3 in my favorite books!
I'm not going to make a spectacular effort to get my hands on the rest of the series to date; three of the six projected books have been released to date, and I may just hold out a little while longer. But it's nice to know there's a series out there in which the Irish is a whiff of peat and whiskey, and not Lucky Charms. I'm grateful for that.
Full review on my blog:[...]
Kevin Hearne's writing is not a cross between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. That's not to say Mr. Hearne's writing is poor, but much of the humor fell flat for me and the plot rather came undone at the end. Still, it kept me reading till the last page, so that counts for something.
One of the biggest problems I had with the book is that I never for a moment had any doubt that the main character would be unable to get himself out of whatever predicament he found himself in. This culminated with a climax that fell totally flat for me. The buildup to the end was resolved so easily.
I did enjoy the secondary cast of characters, especially the werewolf lawyer and Leif. The stories regarding the mystical sword tied to the main character were interesting, and the backstory on the gods and goddesses were fun and intriguing.
Unfortunately, the main character didn't interest me enough to keep going with this series, but that's not an indictment on Mr. Hearne. It's a personal preference.
This one worked for me, and I was happily pulled through the book as the plot unfolded.
This one is fun, with a character who's almost older than the hills, but with a love of life and adventure that's still fresh. The last Druid, Atticus is tired of hiding from all the old and new Gods, specifically one that wants him dead and his property back. So when various Gods and evil entities come after him, Atticus decides to stay and fight.
Only, it's really more complicated than that. And more fun, because the story also introduces a lot of interesting characters.
Atticus is a nice guy. Sure, bad things sometimes happen to those around him, but he tries his best to keep the innocents safe. There's a lot of various lore involved, from all sorts of cultures, and it can be a bit of work at times to keep up with it all. But I found it all interesting and info inserted at the right times to keep the action going. He runs a store, sells herbal teas and keeps up with the current movies so he can fit into the current American culture. He can totally enjoy his connection with nature and nerd out on Star Wars trivia at the same time.
My kinda guy!
His Irish Wolfhound, Oberon, who can talk mentally to Atticus, helps keep Atticus' priorities straight. (Which for Oberon is steak, sausages, tummy rubs, hunting and French Poodles. Not necessarily in that order.)
I found this a fun read, and an jumping happily into the next one.