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.
©2011 Kevin Hearne (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut.” (Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review)
“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.” (Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy)
“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.” (Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising)
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
After reading some of the audible listener reviews and catching it on sale, I decided to give this book a try. I'm certainly glad that I did. I tend to listen to romance and paranormal romance. I was reaching slightly out of my comfort zone when I bought this book, so I was pleasantly surprised.
Hounded is the first book in a series, but it can easily stand alone. It has a clear plot and a satisfying ending. It leaves you wanting to read the next book, but not feeling forced to. The world building is brilliant and effortless. The details of the reality the book portrays just seem to flow naturally into the narrative. There's comic relief in the form of his dog, which is truly chuckle-worthy at times.
This truly is a brilliant book, and Luke Daniels delivers a flawless performance. I didn't even ponder my rating. Five stars across the board. Well done!
Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
Yes, this book absolutely lives up to every one of the great reviews it has received. Yes, it is full of humor, adventure, fights, love, friendship, and great characters (and--bonus round-- if you want Google many of the characters' names you'll get a good, fun upgrade to your mythology trivia skills). Yes, the writing is fresh, clever, unique, and pulls you in from page 1. Yes, Kevin Hearne is a really good writer and Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator. And, no, this is not just another grind-'em-out entry in the paranormal sweepstakes that has saturated the publishing world to the point of boredom. Get it, listen, and enjoy!
I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. The story was engaging and the characters very different and fun. Urban fantasy is my favorite genre and this author is a great addition to my library. Anxiously awaiting the next two in the series, due out this summer according to Amazon. Oh yes, I really enjoyed the narrator too, his voice was perfect for the lead character.
I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.
Very like the Dresden Files, but much more fun. Dresden fans will like this a bunch.
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Two books is usually my average for becoming hooked on a series so the fact that Kevin Hearne did it in one is definitely impressive. I absolutely loved everything about Hounded; from the male POV, to the phenomenal narrator, to Oberon, the wise cracking Irish wolfhound. The story is a nice blend of old Celtic mythology and modern adventure which proves to be an incredibly addictive combination.
I always enjoy reading Urban Fantasy novels written by male authors; they are few and far between so I find it refreshing when I get to experience a story that’s told from the opposite sex’s perspective. Hearne does a fabulous job of developing Atticus’ character. I loved the contrasts between his ancient druid past and his 21 year old occult shop owner reality. New and old comes together seamlessly to create a very unique world that’s overflowing with Celtic gods, fascinating mythology and epic battles. I thoroughly enjoyed Hearne’s keen sense of humour and there’s a nice sprinkling of fun pop culture references as well.
I don’t think Brilliance Audio could have picked a better narrator than Luke Daniels for this series. I loved his reading of Atticus’ POV and thought that he really succeeded in capturing the essence of The Iron Druid Chronicles. I especially adored the dialogues between O’Sullivan and his Irish wolfhound, Oberon; Daniels really brings Hearne’s characters to life and delivers more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. The only thing that frustrated me about his narration was his ability to effortlessly pronounce mouthfuls like “Tuatha Dé Danann” but butcher household names such as Roosevelt.
The plot is complex and engaging thanks to its multifaceted Celtic mythology; there’s a stream of big bads that get progressively worse as the story unfolds. I enjoyed learning more about the various gods and goddesses and, found it hilarious every time one of them hit on Atticus. This lowly druid sure does get around! There’s definitely more action than sex in this tale but there’s enough of the latter to help make things extra interesting. I’m not sure if Hearne will be able to top this stellar first installment but I’m definitely sticking around to find out.
Hounded was love at first listen! I highly recommend this audiobook; it should be at the top of everyone’s must-read list.
It probably makes sense that a 2000 year old demi-god would be difficult to relate to, but I never found myself rooting for him.
Genre no, series yes
Extremely well done, hate to give the book a bad review since it might reflect badly on the reader.
Oberon. How can you go wrong with a wolfhound as one of your main characters? Especially when he gets invested in a different historical figure in each book?
As much as I enjoy these books for being set in my hometown, and wish to support the local author, the books seem to convey a lesson that women are all evil and dangerous. Every female character we come across (with one exception so far, and I have not yet read Tricked, though I have a really bad feeling) is untrustworthy, manipulative, looking to further her own agenda by illicit means. Too bad.
I picked this one up for a car trip because I wanted something that could be started and finished by the time I returned home and this was the perfect length. I also enjoyed the short lived Dresden files TV series and was looking forward to experiencing some more urban fantasy.
This book exposes the listener to beings from many mythologies and they come with some complicated and unfamiliar names. This would have been fine if I was reading the book and was able to see how the names were spelled but as a listener I found it hard to keep it all straight especially with a gap in my listening in the middle of the book. I love listening to books with tons of characters but I think it was hearing all these names without ever seeing them that muddied the waters a little for me. A lot of these characters are introduced with little depth to them and it takes the whole "powerful beings secretly living among us" concept way too far.
On the positive side, as mentioned by almost every other reviewer, Oberon (the dog) is laugh-out-loud funny. Luke Daniels does an excellent job on the voices, especially Oberon, and he definitely made the experience more enjoyable.
I think this book has received the high ratings that it has simple because of the dog. If you want a short listening experience that will make you laugh a number of times go ahead and pick this one up, but if you look past Oberon the rest is mediocre. If you are into various mythologies that will be a plus and your enjoyment of this book will likely go up.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
What a surprise! This book is much funnier, much more mature, and much better written than I had anticipated. The cover makes it look like a young adult title (it is not) and made me think of those series books where one young stereotypical man battles the world with a chip in his shoulder. This is definitely not the case.
The story has many laugh-out-loud moments (particularly concerning Oberon the dog) but ultimately is not a humorous novel - it's a (almost) man versus evil with a pantheon of gods around. Very cool concept, very well written, and contained very believable and consistent characters. I am starting the next in the series right now, though I can't see how it can be as good as this one was!
The narration was superb.
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.
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