For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok - AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living - and still have a world to live in.
©2013 Kevin Hearne (P)2013 Random House Audio
"An exciting mix of comedy, action, and mythology... [Atticus] is one of the best main characters currently present in the urban fantasy genre." (Fantasy Book Critic, on Tricked)
"Superb...eminently readable...plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." (Publishers Weekly, on Hounded)
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What do you need to survive two thousand years being chased by an assortment of gods from across the mythological spectrum; humor.
In “Hunted,’ the Iron Druid chronicles, book six, Atticus and his merry band are on the run across Europe being chased by Artemis and Diana, the Greek and Roman goddesses of the hunt. Loki, one of the Norse gods is still after him ready to begin Ragnarok, and to make his life even more interesting vampires and a group of dark elves are also trying to eliminate the Iron Druid.
With a surprisingly insightful and humorous canine philosophy delivered by Atticus’s Irish wolfhound, Oberon, my favorite character in the series, Kevin Hearne writes some of his best lines.
Luke Daniel, the narrator, does another great job and his rendition of the wise cracking canine cracks me up.
Almost dropped this to a 3 star. Good ending and a few good parts between, but this book seemed like a link between two stories more than anything else. Like he took a couple chapters and stretched them into a whole book. The ending was a very nice setup for things to come, but you could read the beginning and the last couple chapters and not miss much. Still love Oberon.
I enjoyed the book well enough, but mostly because I have enjoyed the series and characters. Oberon was a fun comedic relief tool in many of the earlier books. In the last two books Oberon has taken a main character role and is constantly interjecting. I don't need a reminder that dogs like sausage, bacon, and bitches every few minutes for an entire book's worth of content. The books are enjoyable because Atticus is so witty and fun himself, there isn't a need for a constant comedic relief, especially if it is the same tired joke that got a few snickers. This book was light on the drama and lore that made the first few books in the series so engaging and fun.
This chapter in the Iron Druid Chronicles seemed a little like a check the box chapter. I don't know that I will continue with the series if there is another book in this vein that goes away from the fun and vibrant characters that are the gods and the engaging recipe that was used in the first few books. If I want to listen to a story that is one third dedicated to the simple mindedness of dogs I would avoid a series that purports to be about gods among us and search out something that is about dogs.
The performance was excellent. Luke Daniels has a good voice spot on emotion and makes the book easy to listen to.
Action-packed, Funny, and Adventurous
Comparing Hunted to other books is hard because I feel Hearne has made such stand alone book series with characters who you rout for and want the outcome to be a happy ending even when you can't see how its going to happen. If I had to compare Hunted and the Iron Druid Chronicles than I would have to say Jim Butcher and the Dresden Files would be a close comparison. The main characters are magic users and really truly wanted to help even though they struggle with their own perceptions and shortcomings but that really makes them enjoyable stories and series.
Actually, it’s kind of funny but the last scene in the book was getting Oberon an Irish Wolf Hound bitch and his reaction and the whole scenario had me spitting my milk across the table. In fact, due to that reaction my oldest child is currently listening to Hounded, which is an endorsement all by itself.
The death of Atticus was a tough scene to listen and experience. Even though we learn that his soul catching charm in which he hadn't test (for obvious reasons-He would've had to die) before works as he thought it would. Maybe he should make another and while he is at it make one for "Clever Girl" and Oberon too. But the whole period of not knowing what was happen was a little much I would say. Made a little harder to detect the outcome because in this book we get "Clever Girl" narrating which is new to me, I didn't read/listen to Hearne's novellas so I don't know if she had in previous books.
If you enjoy any magic, fantasy, or just plain funny adventure books then you will enjoy the Iron Druid Chronicles to include Hunted
This story seems to be an excuse for the author to take a European trip. It was more a travelogue, as more gods chase Atticus around Europe and England. Then make peace in a less-than-satisfying finish. That's it, go read the next book. Seems to be a time filler and setting up for the next book. I'm getting real tired of constantly hearing about how the dog likes sausage, bacon and poodles. And since at the end we find that they are getting one more dog, I'm more dubious about the next book. And I'm a real dog person, too.
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
Just finished books 1-6 in quick succession. LOVED it. I'm not a big Urban Fantasy fan, but this series was funny, adventurous, well written, well paced, built great characters, and just plain interesting. Did I say Funny as Hell too? The dog, Oberon, steals many a scenes and I want a hound just like him. The series isn't as "formulaic" as I would have thought, as many serial books can be. Books 1-4 follow similar outlines with an epic-like battle at the end, but books 5-6 vary slightly by having smaller yet more frequent "battles/conflicts" and seem to tie into each other, or build to something bigger in the foreseeable future...... Ragnorak! You get a Mythology lesson to boot. I don't know mythology, but I didn't have too, as it is spelled out enough for me to enjoy without being hit over the head with it. Now I must wait for book 7 for 6 months! I'm going thru withdrawls already. I want more Atticus, Oberon, and Granuaile! Luke Daniels does a BRILLIANT job in voicing all the characters.... especially Oberon!
First off, I feel I need to mention the narrator- Luke Daniels- is one of the best readers that I have heard on an audiobook. His range is great, and he really brings the characters to life(I would heartily recommend the Foreworld series that he has also narrated). Don't go into this series expecting serious fantasy that will become a new religion for you, this is more of a comedy type fantasy. Well written with loads of nerdy cult references as well as a lot of interesting plot lines. I highly recommend for your entertainment.
Booked & Loaded
I have to admit that after the last book I debated if I should continue the series or not. I had some complaints about how one of my favorite characters, Atticus, was lacking in character development and although the stories are great...I wanted more! Well, b*****s, I got it in Hunted! To me character development is critical in a series.
Hearne wraps up a lot of loose ends in Hunted. With high action and the array of characters I have come to expect, I was entertained and captivated. Taking it a step further Hearne still leaves the ending open for more adventures that I cannot wait to explore. If you are a fan of this series, I don't think you will be disappointed! Hearne takes us on a more emotional ride than previous book in this series and I might have even got a little misty in the eyes at one point.
Granuaile begins to take on a much bigger role in Hunted and I enjoyed the feminine feel her personality added to the mix - a touch of diversity in the Iron Druid Chronicles as a whole. As a fantasy and/or urban fantasy Hunted doesn't miss its mark.
This audio book is brilliant. Luke Daniels knocks it out of the park and makes listening to Hunted a complete joy. With so many difficult pronunciations of different names listening to them spill effortlessly from Daniels takes the story to another level.
I enjoy the characters, the relationships, the concepts, the mythology, and the humor in these books. He's always in peril and makes some poor choices, but it's more balanced than in some of this genre. The series is meant to read in order and they wouldn't stand alone well. The narrator does a nice job with inflection, emotion, and voicing the characters.
Given all the difficulty Atticus has had after deciding not to run from Aengus Óg, it's a miracle he lived the first 2000 years. He is now dodging the Roman and Greek pantheon, while his partner in crime Granuaile tries to keep him alive and away from decisions that will make them any more enemies. This book had us driving around in the car because we didn't want to end it yet, which is true of all of the series. There are two things that happen in this book that I thought "he couldn't have written that!", one of which actually had me in tears. Vampire politics continue to affect the story, and his former friend seems to look at them as pieces on a chess board, protected if they continue to be useful and sent against opponents without asking permission or feeling guilt.
I look forward to the snarky comments Oberon brings to the text, and he is both comic relief and something of the 'sacred clown' who brings the focus back to what's important. I hope Granuaile will play a larger part as the series progresses, since her modern understanding of druidic identity is different than Atticus'. She has been raised in a thoroughly Western world view, and her ethics is different from his. I suspect revenge against her stepfather is not going to be able to be put off once they finally stop running for their lives - if they ever manage to stop running.I look forward to seeing what mischief they will get into next.
I can't imagine a better reader than Luke Daniels; he gives Oberon a voice that is truly his own, and I never have to stumble over the pronunciation or the accent. Even reading a female voice works; he doesn't engage in an annoying falsetto but you can tell whose voice it is.
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