- ISBN-13: 9780345522474
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Publication date: 5/3/2011
- Series: Iron Druid Chronicles Series, #1
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
- Pages: 320
- Genre: Urban Fantasy
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.
I am thrilled to share Hounded by Kevin Hearne with you. It’s the first book in the Iron Druid Chronicles and it’s amazing. I picked up this book a few months ago and it just sat there on my shelf until last week. I am so sorry Atticus. I should not have ignored you and Oberon for so long. Kevin Hearne, you sir, have my heart. Enough of the blubbering, let me introduce you to Atticus and Oberon.
Atticus O’Sullivan and his best friend, an Irish wolfhound named Oberon, have a relationship that I wish I had with my dog. Atticus forged a magical psychic connection with Oberon that lets them talk to one another and it’s hilarious. Oberon’s personality is that of a precocious child. He wants to learn everything but doesn’t quite grasp the way things work in the human world. I know he’s not the main character but I love him. How can you not love a dog that dreams of having many french poodles at his disposal. Just like that one ruler Atticus told him about during bath time.
This story is written in first person through the eyes of Oberon-no I’m just kidding, Atticus tells the story. Right off the bat you get some ass kicking when the Celtic god of love, and nemesis, sends some minions to kill Atticus. Aenghus has been after Atticus for thousands of years because of a sword that he says Atticus stole from him. When it literally fell from the sky at Atticus feet in the battlefield. Finders keepers and all that.
The goddess of death, the Morrigan, hates Aeghus and has helped Atticus stay alive for centuries. She warns him when there may be danger and won’t take Atticus just because it’ll piss the god of love off. If you think about it, it’s pretty childish but it makes a great book. There is a coven of witches that Atticus is weary of but has work with for a short period of time. There’s a pack of werewolves that also help. Oh, and there’s a vampire that has ghouls on speed dial that help eat the bodies of the enemies Atticus has slain on his block.
It’s non-stop action through the 320 pages of this beauty. I found myself laughing out loud many times. Who cares about strange looks, not I! There is no love story but there is a strictly carnal relationship between our hero between a goddess or two. This book has it all.
Five tacos is the Taco Scale of Awesome. Go pick it up, you will not regret it. I had to fight the urge to go to Barnes and Noble and buy the second part right away. Just between you and me, I didn’t fight that hard.
Until next time. Mon, over and out.