Monday, August 20, 2018

Hounded - Kevin Hearne

Title: Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1)
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
Publish Date: Jan. 1st, 2011

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 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.


Hello Fellow Readers!

So this book took me so long to read, and I have absolutely no idea why considering that I really liked this book. It takes place in modern day Arizona (a weird place but whatever) but has a lot of Celtic history embroidered throughout. I've been on an urban fantasy kick, putting historicals to the wayside and this was the perfect book to read during it. I didn't go into it with my usual speculations and actually did not try to guess what happens (which is a bit weird)

Atticus is great, somewhat gentlemanly but also with the knowledge of centuries past. While I feel he is a tad bit overpowered and somewhat perfect it does not bother me as much as I feel like it should. He constantly gets played by the other characters in the book, but it sort of ends up okay in the end. I wish I would have read this back when it first came out as it would have added to the suspense of finale, but it did not take away from the conclusion. I do wonder what the second book would be about, especially if we take into consideration how this book ends. I know there are a couple of minor loose ends that the book didn't wrap up, but I can't see what the overall story would be, given that there are 8 books currently in the series it has to be big.

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