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Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles (Iron Druid Chronicles (Audio) #1) Hearne, Kevin ( Author ) May-03-2011 Compact Disc CD-ROM – 3 May 2011


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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAB6WBU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,453,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada on 20 Jun. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This must be my year for discovering new urban fantasy, though to be honest, I haven't read that much urban fantasy to begin with, so maybe that should be discovering urban fantasy period. After reading and loving Ben Aaronovitch's The Folly series, when I heard about The Iron Druid Chronicles, I had to read Hounded. It's a completely different form of urban fantasy - where The Folly is a magical police procedural, The Iron Druid Chronicles is what seems to be the more classical supernatural kind of urban fantasy - it is just as good.

Hounded is told in a first-person narrative. The success of this sort of story depends on the strength of its narrator and protagonist. Luckily Atticus is a great one; he's a fun mix of old soul and modern kid by choice, trying hard to blend in by learning the vagaries of modern language and technology. I would have loved to have learned more of his history and what he's seen in his long life, but that might be the historical fiction fan in me coming to the surface. In Hounded we only get tantalizing glimpses and hints, hopefully they'll be explored in future books. The same goes for some background history on the werepack and Leif. I thought the idea of Viking werewolves and a Viking vampire is very cool, especially them teaming up to start a law firm. And their payment plan is quite interesting as well!

Women are Atticus' kryptonite. Let's say our favourite druid has a very healthy libido, perhaps fitting for his seeming age of twenty-one, and it leads him into all kinds of trouble. On the one hand, I found this amusing, as you'd think that after twenty-one centuries, he'd have learned to deal with this by now. On the other hand, it was rather annoying to have him be distracted by every bit of skirt walking by!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nighthawk on 14 Jun. 2012
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I bought this series as most people state that it was like the dresden files, while i can see a tenuous connection i would have to disagree. The story for me lacked any sort of suspense however the interaction between the characters was excellent. While the book does have some laugh out loud moments the main story was lackluster and a slog to read. As i have purchased all the books in this series i am hoping that this really is just a prologue for a better story to come.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Magicweaver on 17 Oct. 2011
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I approached this with caution as I have read and enjoyed the Dresden Files and looked in vain for a worthy substitute until the next Butcher book comes out. What a pleasant surprise, therefore, to find a pacy tale with plenty of Irish and Celtic myths and magic to while away the hours. Going to download the second book now. Love the dog.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Rapaport on 17 Jun. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Nice setup and good character. Liked Atticus and his world, was hoping for a thrill-ride a la Dresden. Read the first three novels and was disappointed. Seriously lacking in suspense. Seriously lacking in subplots, or Dresden-style threat escalation.

Dresden style: There's an assignment. Then a threat. Then a bigger threat, and a bigger one and a bigger one. Then they all wail on Harry for a while until he figures out how to beat the whole lot of them, or get them to beat each other. Meanwhile characters develop and surprises happen and we learn a lot.

Atticus style: Basically, there's a threat. Atticus deals with it. Someone dies. End of story.

Each Iron Druid book seems to me a novella stretched out to novel length.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stefan VINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kevin Hearne's series has been receiving quite a bit of buzz on the internet, so I decided to order a copy of this first novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles. Just as it arrived, Orbit Books announced that it had bought the UK rights. So, does it live up to the hype? Well, yes, actually, it really does.

Long-time readers of the site might have noticed how little Urban Fantasy I review. This is because I seem to have an abiding apathy toward the sub-genre. Even Dresden Files hasn't fired my interest in any particular way. So, I turned to Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles to find out if maybe this could be the series to open up the sub-genre as a whole for me. Interestingly, I think it sort-of has.

Hounded is about Atticus's attempts to protect the sword from falling into the hands of Aenghus Og - the Celtic god who has hounded Atticus for centuries. As Aenghus manipulates those around Atticus in search of the sword, events spiral quickly out of control, so contemptuous is Aenghus of the mortal plane and its inhabitants. This contempt puts extra strain on Atticus's attempts to blend in to modern American society - not easy at the best of times, when you're perhaps the oldest human on the planet. With some help from unexpected sources, along with his devoted wolfhound Oberon, Atticus slowly discovers what the greater conflict is about, and realises that things will get a whole lot more difficult before he's safe once again.

I was initially a little wary when it seemed that the Fae were going to play a large part in the novel. I've never been particularly interested in them as characters or nemeses in novels (even Jim Butcher's aren't particularly interesting, in my mind).
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