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)
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Pretty good book, and decent narration. But the narrator (Luke Daniels) needs to learn to emote a little better. I felt the voice of Atticus to be too flat in most places.
Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles crossed my reading radar occasionally but I never paid attention to the blip. That was my mistake. HOUNDED is a delightful book full of Celtic magic and humor that makes for a rollicking tale. Luke Daniels has an impressive repertoire of voices and the pace of a born storyteller. I thoroughly enjoyed both story and narration of it.
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If it were more sophisticated. Better dialogue.
It should be labeled as Young Adult, which I don't believe it is. But yeah, I'm generally not into the YA genre. Occasionally, but this is not it.
No idea, but probably someone with an Irish accent would have given this story at least some texture.
The stupid dog! Oberon. Like I said, Scooby Dooby Doo!
Didn't even finish this it annoyed me so much. I am a voracious reader and just could not find this more than barely entertaining. The writing is bad and the characters did nothing for me. Giving this series a pass. Other authors have done this genre so much better. Like Laurell Hamilton and Illona Andrews to name just a couple. And with far more sophistry, Guy Gavriel Kay!
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This was a wonderful series I love the Authors play on words and usage of 75 cent words I sometimes had to look up. A lot of action thought main character was constantly falling into trouble which cause a lot of unusual problems.
Had my husband start the series and he just LOVES them too!!
rivals Brandon Sanderson's style and magic system. The character personalities are very likeable. dialogue is natural in their progression as well as delightfully entertaining.
This is a really different paranormal book from any other that I've read.
I knew that it was the story of a very, very old Druid who has transplanted to Arizona. But I didn't expect that he would have regular conversations with ancient Celtic goddesses, or that so much of Celtic mythology would be found here, or that his encounters with the local weres and witches would ring so true. In all of his many interactions with them, he is always careful about everything he says, because these are powerful beings, and one slipup could bring disaster.
Likewise his explanations of how his magic works, and the many wards and protections he uses. Everything rings true, and his explanations are fascinating.
And the best thing of all is his sidekick. A really fun character, whose dialog is funny and again rings true.
An unusual style, but I like everything about it, and look forward to reading many more in this series.
Great book! Love the attitude and tone of the main character. The story was immensely entertaining, mixing modern day magic and fantasy with well known mythical characters; I found myself laughing a lot. Luke Daniels has a great voice and does a phenomenal job reading this novel. He does an amazing job with the accents he uses, helping the reader easily visualize the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun read.
"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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