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'd say ranks about 7,but I have only listened to 10 books though
I liked How the Narrator was able to switch tones and accents for each character. He did an excellent job. He really brought the characters to life.
The main character was very likable, but no particular scene stood out.
No extreme reactions arose. You knew the hero wasn't going to die because he has 8+ sequels. .
The book was like watching an episode of Angel the TV show or an episode of Charmed or reading the Dresden files. It was a nice, easy ,"no thinking" way to spend the time. Overall, I was surprised how much I liked it.
Reader was awesome... good storyline... didn't think I would enjoy this at the start and was disappointed initially that I had purchased it. .. after listening to everything else in my library I started listening simply because I had already purchased it. .. and I'm glad I did. .. loved Oberon and Atticus.
This is the first time I've reviewed a book but this was pretty bad so hopefully I'll keep someone from losing their money on it. The first tying that threw me off is the main character talks about his Irish accent but the narrator is clearly American. The second thing I noticed was the writing was of poor quality but that could be forgiven to (if you like Twilight).
Within the first hour the already immortal hero becomes even more immortal and most of the book is either talking about how awesome and powerful he is and how good he is with the ladies. There is little to no explanation as how he became the ultimate warrior, he's superman meets James Bond meets a highschool kid who has read a lot of mythology books and thinks she's a pagan. You feel absolutely no connection with the character and his enemies are a joke so there is no sense of danger. There's absolutely no reason this book should get any good reviews unless you've never read a good fantasy or your a young boy who gets off on how the main character gets every over hot woman he meets naked within twenty minutes, literally. This book was bad, it's only popular for the same reason Fifty Shades of Grey was - hype by people who don't read very often. I really want to rip this writer a new one with a scathing review but I want you to understand I gave it a chance and I'm writing as objectively as I can. Please. PLEASE don't spend money on this and if someone offers it as a gift promptly return it and buy something by a good writer instead like Brandon Sanderson or Jaquiline Carey
I need more of this series in this voice actors voice. I originally chose this story because I am a druid and I thought listening to a story about a very old druid in America would be amusing at the very least. I fell in love with the story and characters. That is impressive because I am not a fan of first person point of view. I recommend this story to everyone.
I was wrong. The story was funny and entertaining. His wolfhound was hilarious.
When Oberon quoted Cartman from Southpark.
I'm hooked, I'm a goner, I'm in love....with Oberon.
Fabulous writing, storyline, narration. I am already moving on to book two.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Fast, fun, exciting
I'd mix some Christopher Moore with some of the best urban fantasy authors. Jeaniene Frost (minus the graphic sex).
Great Irish accents, and impeccable timing for Oberon's one-liners.
Yes, pacing was spot on. The book never felt like it was dragging. There was always something happening or on the brink of happening. It was fast paced without feeling rushed.
What a great start to a series. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Hounded. The characters are great. From the Gods to the widow to the classic Oberon. Great memorable characters and a whole lot of stories to be told. I'm really looking forward to listening to this series. It doesn't take itself overly serious, but it's got adventure, some romance, lots of characters and some laughs too. Looking for an urban fantasy series without all the romance and sex, this is one to check out.
"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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