The main character, Atticus O’Sullivan, is someone I wish that I was friends with. Very funny, wry and wise. Also, the author does a great job of blending many traditions of folk lore into an engaging contemporary story. This series is great and this first book is the best of the bunch.
There are interesting ideas a plenty throughout the story, but the situations and characters that present them are dull, predictable, and two dimensional. To write about such a grand setting, you need a grand imagination, and sadly I didn't find the immersive experience I was looking for in this book.
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
I'd never heard of this book or author and I am happy to say I'm glad I picked this book up! The story is easy to get into, the characters are great (Oberon is my fav) and the narrator did a really wonderful job! I'm looking forward to the next in the series! you will not waste a credit on this book!
I never thought you could cram so much paranormal into one book and still have it worth reading. Hounded is a smorgasbord of paranormal. There are witches, werewolves, vampires, faeries, demons, shape shifters, gods, goddesses, and I have a feeling there will be even more thrown in the upcoming books in the series. On top of that, the main character is an ancient Celtic druid and, despite his grand old age, looks like he’s a wee 21 year old. He also lives in Arizona. Rather than being overly paranormal and ridiculous, Hounded is perfectly balanced with humor, action, lore, and romance.
Basically, Atticus, the main character, is a bad ass who tries to live out his humble druid existent blending in with modern society. You see, ever since the battle several centuries ago, he’s had this magical sword, Fragarach, that supposedly belonged to a god. Well, that god has been hunting Atticus ever since, and not in a very nice way either. Atticus ends up fighting off faeries, furbolgs, and daemons. On top of that, some other gods have decided to pay him a visit as well. Some morbidly terrifying, some violent, and some a little more playful. Atticus calls on his vampire and werewolf friends, who are also his lawyers, for help. Some witches join the fight too. He’s a pretty popular guy if you can’t tell. All of these visits lead Atticus to believe that something troubling is going on in the world of the gods.
Combine all that with witty references to Star Wars and countless other science fiction movies and books, and Hounded is every urban fantasy fan’s dream. Author Kevin Hearne delivers such a fun, fast read that it is sure to have readers of all types loving this book. I could tell this was the first book in the series because there was so much character development but it was still good.
If you are looking for a great road trip book, look no further. My husband and I really enjoyed listening to Hounded on a 10 hour road trip. The audiobook’s length was just right. The narration was also well done. Luke Daniels performed great voices for all of the main characters and the book’s many other bizarre creatures.
Overall, Hounded is a fun read, or listen. I highly recommend it!
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
I'm not opposed to fantasy and I'm not opposed to light reading. Sometimes you want a fun, distracting book that doesn't ask too much of you. That wasn't my problem with Hounded. My problem was that the author created a world, but no story to go along with it.
This is a tale of a 2,000 year old druid living in Arizona. He can communicate with his dog, he has gods over as house guests, he's constantly fighting with witches and a god of death is really on his case. Overall, it seems like he has a lot going on. So when an old enemy from another reality decides it's time to die, you'd think there would be some real action happening.
That's where you'd be wrong. See, this book is ALL about creating the atmosphere and explaining, explaining, explaining the details that we already understand. No one told him that you don't have to convince us to believe in the supernatural when writing a fantasy book. But he goes ahead and does it anyway. In the meantime, nothing is happening. I mean nothing. Sure, once an hour there might be a new plot point, but in the end, this has a short story's worth of plot and its dragged out for 8 hours. The characters are okay, the world is fun and once in a while there's a good joke. But this cannot hold your attention.
Keep an eye on the author, and don't dismiss this narrator. The first has potential and the second is just waiting for material worth his ability. Don't hold this book against either, but don't buy it either.
The Iron Druid will fall in my top 25.
This is my 1st Luke Daniel performance and he did an amazing job. From accents to voice changes all went beautifully with the story.
This was a fun story. i was a little disappointed with the iron druids cavilier attitude toward protecting us meer mortals and the commentary on religions in general was very "new age" and could be scary if someone was weak in their own beliefs. But all in all...great fun.
This book is excellent
The wolfhound. He was full of humor and didn't mind saying so
The voices were well fitted to the characters.
We got this book by accident(slip of the fingers) but enjoyed it so much we are going to get the rest of the series.
You will easily find yourself being drawn into this world. The characters are fun and witty. You will find yourself eagerly waiting for the next book in the series. The narrator does a great job and is easy to listen too.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
"Hounded" is a well written and wonderfully narrated novel full of tongue in cheek humor, with a variety of gods, goddesses and demons from all the pantheons and a couple of main characters who are real winners.
Atticus, the centuries old druid who looks young runs a bookstore and lives in Arizona with his best buddy, a Scooby-Do voiced wolfhound named Oberon. Here they are surrounded by humans who are unaware of fights amongst the fey, evil and good gods and witches.
Oberon is as funny a character as has been written. His wry doggy sense of humor and lust for French Poodles really add to this book-I was afraid it might be too overly cutsie but the writer carried it off well.
I enjoyed the way the author incorporated gods and goddesses from different cultures-they interact well in some ways and tolerate each other when not behaving well.
While not as sophisticated as Neil Gannins American Gods, this novel entertains and amuses-it was an all nighter for me.
Narration is well done, each character has a distinctive voice and the story carries well.
A real winner-I hope the series continues in the same manner.
I bought "Hounded" on one of Audibles sales based entirely on its 4+ rating. But what could a book about a modern day Druid do to keep your interest??? It's great. Its funny, its original, its action packed, it develops its characters enough for you to actually come to think of them as people you'd like to know, simply put its the best new series I've read in years and his dog is hillarious. Get Hounded and I think you'll be hooked.