Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.
With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.
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Funny Fantastic Fantasy
The interactions between the main character and his dog, as well as the widow and others he came across.
He does a good job of switching between characters, personalities, and accents
Some of the conversations between the main character (Atticus O'Sullivan) and the dog, or the magical wedgy brought tears to my eyes I laughed so hard.
Some give the review that it is similar to Harry Dresden, and I have listened to all the Dresden Files more than once. It does have a similar feel with the Fae, but this series is definitely not a Dresden knock-off. I do agree that those individuals who love Dresden will definitely like this series. The first book, Hounded will feel a little off at the beginning, but once it gets going, well in my case I listen to my audio books whenever I drive somewhere. Like the Dresden Files I would find reasons to drive somewhere just to keep listening to this series. I even went as far to text a friend of mine who likes to listen to Audio Books and suggested this series, and that is a first (she already listened to Dresden).
Now another thing you have to remember is the stories do not spend as much time fleshing out feelings or other senses. These books jump straight to the story, action, or comedy. That does take a little getting used to, but it doesn't take away from the story. It is just a different style of writing. When you are used to it though, you notice it missing.
I'm not really in to science fiction, fantasy books, or supernatural subjects. Well, except for Stephen King and Dean Koontz I suppose. But, when I saw Hounded - The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1 on a list of books that were on sale and read the reviews, I thought I'd give Hounded a try. I loved the book so much that I decided to buy the other two books immediately. That's where Hexed - The Iron Druid Chronicles comes in to play which is the second of three books that are currently found at Audible. My review could apply to the other books equally as well.
I'm sure glad I bought the first book! With the writing style of Kevin Hearne and the absolute top notch reading by Luke Daniels, this is a book you should not miss. Lots of humor, especially between Oberon and his master Atticus - the last Druid on earth, makes this book and the other two (Hammered and Hounded) three of the best stories I've read..... errr, heard... in a couple of years now.
I really didn't expect the stories to be as good as they are since I haven't listened to fantasy before, but what a pleasant surprise. You should just go ahead and buy all three books, Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered and read them in that order since the story line will make more sense. Each one can stand on its own as a great read, but reading them in order will make the journey even more pleasant.
So don't even think about it (as this 62 year old reader did), just go buy the books and enjoy them one after the other. I can't wait for the next book and hope that Luke Daniels continues to narrate the story because he is Atticus, and Oberon, and all of the other character voices that he reads so very well. Absolutely great books!!!
The author has put together a very crafty main character and the narrator's voice has the right amount of irony in it to deliver! The story moves along smoothly. I didn't ever get the impression that he was rushing the story or making
Atticus without a doubt!
No, but it is worth checking out... his timing and delivery are right on!
Have listened to all 3 and can't wait for #4 in April!
This book provided me with a wonderful distraction during the time that I listened to it and the other two books in the series. I could not wait to return to the story and one night stayed up much later than I planned simply listening to the story. I live in the Phoenix metropolitan area and enjoyed all the references to local restaurants and other locations in the book. I must have eaten next to the author given all the times we go to the Irish Pub Rula Bula in Tempe, a location mentioned and beautifully described many times in the book. The fourth book in the series is coming out soon but I discovered tickets to meet the author at Rula Bula's have long been sold out.
It is difficult to separate particular events as I listened to all three books sequentially at once. Any moment with spent with Atticus O'Sullivan's
His voice is perfect for all characters both men and women and is ability to perform accents is marvelous. I cannot imagine anyone else doing the voice of the dog Oberon. I am finding it difficult to decide whether or not to read the new book or wait for it to be on Audible.
Included with the wonderful humor and laughter in this story is a very deep well thought out viewpoint of religious concepts-God, gods and goddesses, demons, and the basic tenets of religion cleaverly interwoven together can elicit some moving moments.
I notice that this book seems to be recommended to younger men. As a 61 year old female I found it one of the best experiences I have had yet with Audible. I would recommend this to anyone of any age that has the capacity to enjoy fantasy.
Imaginative, Exciting, Humorous
I love the characters. The characters in the story have the right balance of funny/lightheartedness and serious/tension. Oberon is my favorite character.
I've listened to all the Iron Druid books. I think he does a fantastic job in all of them. Great narration!
I've gone though the mistborn series, the kingkiller chronicles, the song of fire and ice, and lots of other fantasy series. I think this one is my favorite!
Loved it all
I loved his relationship with the witches
The fight and when the Druid's friend, Vampire got hurt
NONE...JUST check them out
Again, and again! Luke Daniels is wonderful and gave every character a life of its own. Especially Oberon, Atticus' Wolfhound. Most of the time, I almost laughed right out of my chair. The book is so well written and Luke reads it so well, I have told all my friends it is a must read or listen.
It is a huge toss up...Oberon, Atticus, Leif...they are all great.
Probably not, but only because there are so many more stories to listen to.
Many unusual themes and story lines.
Reduced eye strain for me.
No. There were a few chuckles though.
Quick paced book with a lot of humor. It is worth your credit.
Quick paced book with a lot of humor. It is worth your credit.
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