AH's Reviews > Hounded
by Kevin Hearne (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: first-in-series, urban-fantasy, own, demons, druid, lawyers, zzread-june-2011, vampires, vikings, were, witches, favorites
A really fun read! I barely finished the first chapter when I went online and quickly ordered the next 2 books in the series.
There is so much to like about Kevin Hearne’s book Hounded, book 1 of the Iron Druid Chronicles. Take a look at the cover. Nice. Read the blurb on the back cover. Amusing. Hounded is the story of Atticus O’Sullivan, a 2100 year old Druid living as a 21 year old in Arizona. Atticus is in possession of a magical sword Fragarach, The Answer. A whole slew of characters want the sword; the very imposing and scary Aenghus Og at the head of the line.
The narrative voice is wonderful. Told from Atticus’ point of view, the main character is very likeable and witty. Atticus has some distinct observations of modern society and a great sense of humor. Most of the books I’ve encountered in the Urban Fantasy genre so far have been written by women and have a woman’s point of view that this book was a refreshing change.
The lore is well researched and detailed. The magic and spells feel authentic. Each supernatural creature (and there are many) seems to come alive. I liked how the author melded the mythologies and magic of the fae and druid together and juxtaposes them with current cultural references.
For dog lovers, there’s Oberon, the talking Irish wolfhound. Oberon is a loyal companion with a thing for French poodles. Oberon has a almost a child-like view of the world and is totally lovable. Who can dislike a talking dog that quotes Cartman from Southpark?
Eccentric characters abound in this book. Atticus’ neighbor, the widow is a hoot! She has no problem keeping bodies buried in her backyard. Atticus entertains powerful goddesses and sleeps with them too. His lawyers are a vampire and a werewolf.
What a great start to a series. I can’t wait to read the next book Hexed!
||0.0%||"Just read the back cover out loud to the husband. This book sounds promising." 3 comments|
||4.0%||"Amazing. I'm only on page 12 and I've ordered the next 2 books in the series." 11 comments|
"You are telling me that your lawyer is a bloodsucking vampire?"
"Yes. He is an associate at the firm of Magnusson and Hauk. Hauk is also my attorney; he's also Icelandic, but he is a werewolf and takes care of clients during the day, and Helgarson obviously does his business after sunset."" 2 comments
||53.0%||""You know, Atticus, that turning-into-a-crow business is pretty slick, but that's not her best godlike power by a long shot. She can sense when specific people are approaching in time to avoid them! Wouldn't it be cool if you could automatically avoid assholes for the rest of your life?" - Oberon talking about Morrigan."|
||100.0%||"Fantastic! Can't wait to read the next books."|