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)
Oberon the wolf hound!!! What he thinks and how the narrator reads it!!!
Pretty standard magical book. Enjoyable romp with some nice twists. Not great literature or life changing (wow am I a tough critic or what?) but absolutely diverting. I think men would find it more enjoyable and am going to recommend it to my sons.
I wasn't sure what to expect but I'm glad to say that I'm delighted. The narrator takes an awkward voice (Oberon) and gives it such charm and personality that you quickly forget the awkwardness of the character. I look forward to the next in series eagerly. The story wraps up nicely with enough leaders to make me glad to see the next in series already to go. This had me laughing out loud, genuinely worried about peripheral characters, and sighing with relief at a hoped for but uncertain to the very last chapter, ending.
Right in the beginning I noticed the similarities to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files.
Come up with an original character
He was an excellent narrator
From Atticus' favorite bar down to his canine companion, this was cut straight from the Dresden Files.
-Harry is a wizard in modern day Chicago - Atticus is an ancient druid in modern day Tempe
-Harry runs with a pack of werewolves as friends and allies - Atticus runs with a pack of werewolves.
-Harry gets soul fire from a Fairy Queen to help him defeat his enemies - Atticus gets cold fire from a fairy goddess to help him defeat his enemy
-Harry borrows power from the Fairy Queens - Atticus borrows power from the fairy goddess
-Harry created charms and rings/bracelet that store power every time he moves to be used as magic later - Atticus created a bear charm to store power with movement to be used later as magic
-Harry has a vampire half brother - Atticus has a vampire lawyer
-Harry has a very large tibetan temple dog who is understands everything happening and helps Harry and a skull with a witty spirit in it - Atticus has an Irish wolfhound he learned to communicate in his mind with who cracks jokes and makes funny observations
-Harry has a cute apprentice - Atticus has a cute apprentice-Harry is full of quips and insults for others - Atticus is full of quips and insults for others.
-Harry can't usually defeat his enemy without help from one of his many allies - Atticus couldn't defeat his enemy without help from many allies
-Harry goes to a favorite bar - Atticus goes to a favorite bar
Bottom line - it is an entertaining book and if I could get over the blatant character theft, I would have rated it higher - but I couldn't.
"Another totally 'awesome' urban fantasy!"
In short if you liked 'Rivers of London' then you will really enjoy this too!
Hounded is a witty, funny steeped in mythology fast listen. The main character, Atticus is totally beleivable set in modern day USA, and his dog, an Irish Wolfhound called Oberon, is so full of life and funny, but without being naff!
Luke Daniels characterisation is amazing, I gave this one 5 stars, as I loved it, but would have given Ben Aaranovitch if I could have! Enjoy.
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