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Hounded by Kevin Hearne
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Apr 26, 2012

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This book is lighthearted urban fantasy, in the sub-genre well staked out by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The author has a deft, comfortable prose style. The main character, Atticus O'Sullivan (his current name) is a druid who is older than most major religions. He is the last druid on Earth, and he is in hiding from the Irish pantheon of gods. It seems many centuries earlier he absconded with an all-powerful sword that is claimed by one of those Irish gods, which god has been hunting the druid and the sword ever since. (Thus the title.) The book begins when Atticus discovers that his latest hiding spot— Tempe, AZ— has been uncovered.

The book is agreeable and light. My only quibbles are that it is not anything really new and there is no sense that Atticus is in real trouble. Whenever he needs it, the right help is his to call on. The plot is staged as a series of conflicts, but the opponents never measure up to the druid, a fact which the reader too quickly perceives. I would like to have seen this book written in a serious manner. It might have seemed like more than a shadow of a Gaiman or Pratchett novel.

Oh, and the dog gets really annoying.
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