First a confession. I normally shy away from female protagonists. In fantasy worlds they so often end up as either the ultra sexy master of everything caricature of femininity or a man that the author insists on referring to as "she". Myfanwy however is neither of these stereotypes. She is a highly competent and complex character that is powerful enough to be the main character of a fantasy novel, but maintains realistic human limitations as well as distinctly feminine characteristics. I know and love woman just like her and it was wonderful to read about a woman like that taking on extraordinary circumstances in a fantasy world.
I must also recognize the wonderful job done by the narrator Susan Duerden, this was one of those times when narrator and story were perfectly matched.
I picked up Hounded to fill my commute and satisfy my current addiction to urban fantasy,
never suspecting that I was purchasing the perfect combination of story and performance.
The story is original and compelling, with loveable characters with real personalities, that is told with a lighthearted comedic style. The main characters Irish wolfhound, Oberon, is reason enough to read this novel!
The performance is also top-notch with excellent production value, a real must for me, and Luke Daniels seems to be really enjoying himself. His distinctive character voices add to the charm of the already wonderful characters and his presentation style meshes perfectly with the tenor of the story.
The apex of character/narrator perfection comes in Mr. Daniels voicing of Oberon. I loved the character and voicing so much that I had to give my wife a play by play of Oberon's antics as though he were a real dog with which I could communicate! "You should have seen Oberon do such and such" I would tell her, "...and then Oberon said..." I'd say, and my poor wife smiled and nodded at my apparent lunacy.
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