Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
My Thoughts: Based on some of the things I'd heard about this series before I ever picked it up, I figured that it was going to be one that I'd end up enjoying in a big way. Let me just say, I wasn't wrong. The Celtic pantheon holds a special place in my heart (even when I can't pronounce half the names correctly) and this book took all the godly goodness and gave it an extra dose of badassery in the form of a two thousand year old Druid with some seriously formidable skills.

Also, the lady gods appear to really like his boning skills. #JustSaying

Let's take a look at Atticus, shall we? The dude is all sorts of awesome. He has tattoos that help him draw on the power of the earth. He fights dirty when he needs to. He loves his dog. He spends time with old ladies because he knows what it's like to outlive your friends and family. Awwwww. I LIKE this guy! His snark makes me laugh. And somehow SOMEHOW he manages to not piss off some seriously powerful gods who take offense at the most innocuous of things. He's the guy we all hope to be when we hit the two thousand year mark. Or maybe that's just me.

I really, really got a kick out of every part of this book. From how all the werewolves hate Thor for his douchebaggery to Oberon's quest for sausages, it made me laugh. I'm a little sad that I don't have book 2 in my hands right this very minute.

I guess I'll just have to channel Atticus and show a little patience. Well, either that or go cut someone in half with my badass enchanted sword. Oh, man. The possibilities are endless!

Books in this series
1. Hounded - Paperback | Kindle
2. Hexed
3. Hammered
4. Tricked
5. Trapped
6. Hunted

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14 comments:

  1. It's a great book! Original and hilarious. Wonderful review.

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  2. I really enjoyed this book too. I love the humor that Oberon brings. He always makes me laugh with his harem of poodles and his love of sausages.

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  3. I love that you love this book (and series). Also, ALSO, after 2100 years, I'd hope that Atticus has some amazing boning skills.

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    1. While I agree with you in theory, some men don't take direction well. Atticus is not one of those men. You get down with your bad boning self, Atticus!

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  4. I loved this book! Atticus is an amazing hero and his relationship with Oberon is one of my favorite friendships in books. I'm glad you enjoyed it plus Hexed is even better (in my opinion)!

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    1. I'm working my way through the series and I'm LOVING it!

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  5. I loved this review! I feel like I almost started this series last spring with the read-a-long and didn't man up. I like the way you make this guy sound. At 2,000 I hope I have his compassion and his sexytimes to go along with it! Def. need to do this series...eventually...lol

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    1. It's a really, really, REALLY fun series. If Atticus doesn't capture your attention, Oberon and his sausages will!

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  6. Yes! This is one of my very favorite series! I'm so sad that I haven't yet read Trapped. Soon! Atticus and Oberon are my two best fiction buds.

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    1. I have Tricked waiting for me. And after that, trapped! YAY!

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  7. hahaah! Reading your review brought it all back! I loved this statement: "He's the guy we all hope to be when we hit the two thousand year mark. Or maybe that's just me." We should all aspire to be like Atticus. With a side of Oberon snark.

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    1. Yesssss! I really do adore Oberon and Atticus together. They're so... perfect.

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