Book Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Title: Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1)
Author: Kevin Hearne
Details: mass market paperback, 289 pgs.
Published: May 3rd, 2011 by Del Rey
isbn: 0345522478 (ISBN13: 9780345522474)
Reading Level: Adult
Source: Purchased


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 sexy 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.

 This brand new urban fantasy series is my new favorite.  I’ll be reading every book as soon as I possibly can because I’m in love.  Atticus is such a perfect character!  I have no complaints about him at all.  I loved that he’s kind and generous, cautious and frank.  He speaks his mind but is rarely ever rude, and even then it’s only when it’s deserved.  He’s kick ass, but lovable, old fashioned in some ways, but modern and up to date in others.  And he has the perfect sense of humor!  This book had me laughing so much!  I love a book that can really make me laugh but yet has equal parts serious.  The funny wasn’t absurd, or ridiculous, which I’ve found to be the problem with so many urban fantasies that are suppose to be funny.

Atticus has a dog, Oberon, and he can talk with this dog.  Now those conversations are hilarious!  I have pages and pages marked with sticky notes and half, or more, is conversations between the two.  It’s seriously hilarious.

This book was full of all kinds of creatures, vampires, werewolves, witches, faeries, and gods and goddesses, and more that I’m sure I’m not thinking of.  But even with all the different creatures I never felt like the book was busy or confusing in any way.  I would consider it a quick easy read and it’s definitely going on my comfort food reading list.  You know those books that are like a nice trip home?  I have only read this one book in the series so far and I can already say that it’s on that list.  I’ve never done that before.  Usually it’s only series that have grown on me and by book eight they are comfort food.  This is book one.  And it’s my comfort food already.  Actually this book was so good that I could easily flip to the beginning and start over.  But because I have so many books to read I just resorted to reading the passages I have marked.  So I read about half of it a second time because once I started reading again it was hard to put down!  Even the second time!

Okay, so do you like fantasy, urban fantasy, and/or paranormal?  Do you like a male narrator with a great sense of humor who can wield a sword like a pro?  And who can work magic like no other?  Do you like a good bit of funny to go with your serious kick ass hero who’s out to save the world?  Well, if you say yes to any of that then pick this book up!  It is an adult book with adult content.  Just so you know 😉

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  1. I loved, loved this book! It’s so much fun, and I also loved Atticus and Oberon’s conversations. Can’t wait to read Hexed! Great review. :)

  2. I think I’ve seen people talking this one up on Twitter, but I had no clue what it was. Now, I want it! The description sounds great, your review makes it sound fantastic, and Atticus is an awesome name. Yes, I will be reading this one, all thanks to your review :)

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