Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

November 20, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, reviews 0

Kevin Hearne is an author I haven’t read before and so it’s part of my New Authors Challenge which is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Check out their blog and also the challenge. I’m really enjoying all the new authors I’m reading this year!

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Hounded
by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Del Rey, 2011
E-book, purchased
304 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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.

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What I like about this book:

  • Oberon, Atticus’ Irish wolfhound, is a wonderful character. He and Atticus can communicate telepathically. I thought Oberon was smart, but not too unnaturally smart.
  • Original concept for this world.
  • Atticus has made himself keep up with the times even though he’s over two thousand years old. Therefore, the fact he uses slang doesn’t jar.
  • Atticus has a connection with the Earth which is part of his powers.
  • The various gods and goddesses are interesting characters!

What I don’t like:

  • I thought Atticus should be an older character; appearing to be only 21, but owning his own business doesn’t seem realistic.
  • I felt Atticus holds himself somewhat apart from people and doesn’t have many people he’s close to. Perhaps this will change some in future books since he’s decided to stay in one place now.

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My thoughts:

I liked this first book in the series. Atticus is an interesting character and Oberon is so much fun. I’m glad there are already more books in this series!

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No Responses to “Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne”

  1. Lark

    I love Oberon and his observations. So human-smart and so perfectly doggy at the same time! The conversations between Atticus and Oberon are one of the best parts of the series. (Warning: the series gets darker as you go on. I’m about three or four books in, and missing the lightheartedness of parts of the first book — though there is still humor, smart-a** and otherwise.)

    • Jan

      Oberon is such a great character! I’ve read the second book in the series, but maybe I’ll wait a bit to read more. At least until after Christmas!

  2. kmlucero

    After reading this book I found myself quickly pulled in by the series and they definitely get better with each book. Yes, they do get darker but I find that it pulls the story along and Atticus seems to grow more and more with each book. I hope you love them as much as I do! Happy reading!

    • Jan

      I’m enjoying this series–I’ve read the second book–an am looking forward to more of them. I’ve heard they do get darker, but it’s also good to know Atticus grows with the books.

      Thanks for coming by!