Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

(The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
By: Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Del Rey
Published: March 3, 2011
Genre: Urban Fanstasy

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The first novel in the original, six-book Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero

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.


I liked the sound of the book. A 2,000 year old druid living in modern Arizona? But sadly, the book just wasn’t for me in the end. I know that the author was trying to make the readers relate to Atticus but it came off as fake to me. I didn’t believe that Atticus was 2,000 years old. In the end I didn’t find myself connecting with the characters. I tossed in the towel a quarter of the way in. The books have awesome covers though and I really wish I’d have gravitated towards the story more.

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