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 loved this book. It has great characters and a storey line that never gets boring. The main characters sense of humour and his dog oberon had me laughing out loud. I highly recommend this book.
The dialogue. It felt contrived, inconsistent, and unrealistic.
Perfect ending for the story. I smiled.
Lacking voiced plosives.
Not sure I'll continue to be honest. It was decent, entertaining, but it felt like a weak version of The Dresden Files with a squishy mish-mash of world religions. The cast of characters wasn't especially memorable, and their behaviors weren't distinct. However I love this kind of story, so there's always a chance I'll continue on.
It's not a bad story. It's possible that future volumes are pretty awesome, but I wasn't particularly taken by this. If you liked Dresden Files, I would warn you that it feels very similar, but lacks like character development, complexity, and depth. That being said, I wasn't totally bonkers over the first Dresden Files. It took me three books to get hooked. But this lacked the social awareness that I found so engaging in even the first Dresden Files.
Excellent, above average vocabulary by the author. Mythology sounds authentic. BUT..., the story almost comes across as a beer tale told from the end of the bar by a college kid. No real involvement, just a made-for-vicarious-living sort of story. Very similar to a James Bond sort of tale.... You are never really worried that the character will be in any real danger, etc. Again....not bad...but.... A LOT of details from today (music, tv, etc.) ...that will tend to date the story eventually. I got through the two stories that I picked up on sale...but I probably won't be going onwards... The dog is funny. A little forced but... Anyway. There are books that I just COULDN'T finish and these two weren't those sort. Just... eh. Make your own judgement....
I am a fan of the Dresdan Files as well as Kim Harrison's Books... This first book was a great addition to that genre. If you are looking for a new series to start, this is a great selection.
The dog Oberon... Good bit of humor to balance the story...plus I figured that is exactly what my dog would be thinking.
This is a great urban fantasy with a hero with a dry sense of humor and a hysterically funny dog. However, the narrator, while he does a decent job with accents, is not a good actor and does not have the depth of emotion in his voice.
The reason I purchased this book was that it was compared to the Dresden Files by other reviews. This book is nothing like the Dresden Files. Hounded is a so-so story that starts off with potential, but quickly falls apart. The device the author uses to make his protagonist more witty/clever/capable/etcetera than everyone else is to completely dumb down every other character. It's to bad, I wanted to enjoy this book.
I need more ears!
I really love this series. It's fast, funny and fresh. Just what I needed. Oh, and it has a talking dog. You're going to LOVE the talking dog.
I listened to both Hounded and Hexed of the Iron Druid Chronicles. They were both action packed and at times very funny. I did agree with one of the characters who wondered how Atticus (the Druid) could have lived so long and attained so little maturity.(this is my interpretation, not an exact quote.)But he did remind me me of a 13 year old at times. I decided in a pinch he was able to muster up a great deal of wisdom and exceptionally good judgement and having not met any druids who can count their age in the thousands I think he basically came together as uniquely beliveable. Oberon, his dog was my favorite character. He was also the smartest.
The plot in this story has potential, but stays determinedly forgettable. The narrator could not sound LESS like a 2000 year old Irish druid if he tried - and when he does try it's just sad. His take on the women's voices was almost insulting to women, he made dogs sound like a cross between Scooby Do and Goofy. Save your money.
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