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Monday, July 4, 2011

Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne



Title: Hounded
Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles,
book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: Paperback
“Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that’s where Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid the last of his kind has decided to set up shop. He’s been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword from a very angry ancient Celtic god for over two millennia now. But while these years have been good to him Atticus has become more powerful than he could have possibly imagined. The Morrigan, a very old god of death, has predicted death and doom for our hero, and it’s up to Atticus, with help from a pride of werewolves, and a gorgeous bartender possessed by an Indian witch, to stay alive, hopefully for another thousand years.”
Hounded is the first book in the Iron Druid Chronicles series by Kevin Hearne.

Atticus O’Sullivan is a 2100 year old druid (yes, you read right 2100!) who looks like a 21 year old college kid. He is the owner of a bookstore/apothecary in Temple, Arizona. Atticus chose Temple as his perfect place to live because of its low magic population.
Atticus has been on the run since he took possession of a magic sword, infuriating a Celtic god over a millennia ago. Aenghus Óg hasn’t forgiven Atticus and wants to recuperate the sword no matter the consequences or means necessaries to obtain it.
But now things are different, Atticus is tired of running, he likes his life, his job and his new friends and is willing to finally affront the consequences of his actions. Atticus knows he has become very powerful over the years and a match against Aenghus Óg will be an even match. Atticus is also not alone, he has friends he can count on when the need arise.

Hounded is one of the best urban fantasy books I had read this year and one of the few books I have read from a male point of view. Sometimes is difficult for a female reader to connect with a male character, especially when the book is written by a man. This was not the case with Atticus in Hounded. Mr. Hearne writes Atticus so well and so real that soon he becomes your buddy and you are cheering for him page after page wanting him to succeed in his endeavors.

Atticus may be old as dirt, but he has learned to blend so well with his surroundings that just in rare occasions he feels his real age. Atticus is sexy, strong, wise and with a great sense of humor. He also has unlimited stamina thanks to his magic, nice! I picture him exactly as the model in the cover… what can I say… Can I have him?

The secondary characters in Hounded are all great, unique, varied and fun. From vampire, gods, goddesses, witches, to widows, werewolves and more. But Oberon, Atticus’ Irish wolfhound steals the spotlight. I loved that he can communicate with Atticus. Oberon is a smart dog who can maintain a conversation and I loved that despite this he still thinks and behaves like a dog. His fixation with French poodles, sausages and Genghis Khan was completely hilarious.

The world created by Mr. Hearne is very inventive and interesting. Not all the characters are new, Mr. Hearne “recycle” old and known deities in a very smart way, giving them a fresh feeling. I loved how so many different characters intermingle in a very creative and extraordinary way.

Hounded is non-stop, page turner book, packed with action, intrigues, manipulations, humor and witty remarks; with great characters and a very well developed plot.
I loved the unconventional references used by Mr. Hearne. Who could think that Shakespeare and Star Wars could fusion so well in a story.

Hounded is one of those books that you won’t be able to put down until you reach its last page, and when you do reach it, you will start looking for the next installment, Hexed, because you loved Hounded so much that you would want to continue reading more about Atticus and his friends, and this is not because Hounded ends in a cliffhanger, because it doesn’t, it is just because Hounded was so good and you loved it so much and found it so refreshing from other books that you will crave for more of Mr. Hearne’s words.

I recommend this book to all urban fantasy lovers or anyone who is willing to give a chance to a good and different book.

I won this book in a giveaway organized by The Qwillery. Mr. Hearne was so kind as to sent me a signed copy. YAY! Thank you Sally “Qwill” and of course, thank you Mr. Hearne.

I can’t wait to read Hexed and its following installment Hammered that will be available next Tuesday July 5, 2011.

Favorite quotes: 
  • “You mean get naked? I can do that now. Wow,” she sniggered, “you need to get some sun.” – “Shut up. I’m Irish.”
  • "A friend will help ye move...but a really good friend will help ye move a body."

My Verdict: 5 Paws


Other books in the series
Hounded
Hexed
Hammered (07/05/2011)
Tricked (05/2012)
Trapped (12/2012)
Hunted (2013)

Other reviews Goodreads

4 comments:

  1. I am SO HAPPY that you loved this book. It is made of awesome! Atticus really is you buddy. I love how you said that. A great review Marcela!

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  2. Julie, Thank you! My nephew is reading it right now and he is loving it too. I already got Hexed, I can't wait to read it and let's not forget Hammered that is coming out tomorrow. YAY!

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  3. Oh man...this book is sitting on my shelf and after another great review it looks like it should be sitting in my hand cracked open! LOL. I really need to read this book SOON!

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  4. Deanna, Yes, you need to read it ASAP. I started Hexed last night and is great too. This is a winner series!

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