Review: Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1) by Kevin Hearne

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houndedTitle: Hounded
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1
Author:
Kevin Hearne
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Source: Library (Paperback)

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The first novel in the original, six-book Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero.

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.

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I don’t think I read enough fantasy. Actually, I don’t think I read enough fantasy that doesn’t include romance.

Upon saying that, I wonder: should books not include romance? Is that right?

Just kidding.

So this book was highly recommended by Amanda and Kelly, so I knew I had to give it a try. Also, I kind of love the covers for the series. How can you not love Atticus based on the covers? I’m swooning already!

Little did I know that this book would actually kind of rock, romance or not. I mean, sure there are some hook-ups, but they’re not talked about in detail or anything. And the funny thing? I WAS OKAY WITH IT.

Atticus is an awesome character. He was funny and charming and very tough. He’s a druid, so he has to kick butt. Then there’s Oberon, Atticus’s dog. Next to Atticus, Oberon is a wonderful character. You might think that a dog can’t be much of a character, but he and Atticus can talk to one another through their minds. And Oberon turned out to be SUCH a sweetheart. And such a dog.

This book made me laugh more than I expected (again, something I didn’t expect from a fantasy book) and I finished it looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Hounded was perfectly written, funny, and definitely worth a read for a fantasy-newbie like myself. I recommend this one!

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8 thoughts on “Review: Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1) by Kevin Hearne

  1. I only gave this book a 3 star rating, but I think it was mostly just because I wasn’t in the mood for a fantasy story at the time. I do want to read the second book in the series though!

    • That happens. Definitely something I’ve done! It’s hard to like a good book when you’re just not in the mood for it. I hope you enjoy the second one!

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