Sep 10, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Hounded by @KevinHearne #fantasy #mythology


by Kevin Hearne

Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 
Fun and hilarious!

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. (Goodreads)

What a fun and fabulous read with adventure, mythology and a horde of laughs!
I really can't tell you how much I laughed while reading this book. Not only is Atticus a hoot and a holler, but Oberon, his wolfhound, really needs to take his show on the road. He was HILARIOUS! I'm sure you've figured out by now that the dog can talk, but only to Atticus through their mental connection. Nevertheless, any scene with Oberon was usually a funny one and his obsession with french poodles was almost too much to take.

Atticus himself was clever, funny, and dare I say, a bit sexy? I had an easy time trying to "hear" his Irish accent since I have a bit of an obsession with Irish accents ;) But for real, I thought Atticus was a strong MC and I really rooted for him throughout the book. Other notable characters were the Morrigan and Flidais, Celtic goddesses; Hal, his werewolf lawyer; and Leif, his vampire lawyer. Whom, BTW, own a practice TOGETHER. I thought that was a very intriguing part of the story. Also, the infamous Fae play a major role in this book, so yeah. I'm in there.

The plot itself was simple (bad guy after good guy over some stupid shit), but not so much the explanation of being a druid. There are many aspects to being a druid, but I appreciated that the author didn't throw them at us all at once and only revealed them as they became important. I LOVED how several of the mythologies–Celtic, Norse, Greek–are all thrown in together in one book. This promises to be an interesting series that will only get better with each book. I'm sure of it.

Overall, a great read with intelligent writing and awesome mythology. I so look forward to reading the next book, Hexed, which I already own. In fact, I now own the first four and I'm excited to get reading!

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