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This review is from: Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles (Kindle Edition)
Well, it's not every protagonist that's over two thousand years old, but that's what we're presented with here. Atticus O'Sullivan is a practically immortal druid currently living fairly unassumingly in modern-day Arizona. Trouble comes calling when the powerful sword he carries becomes once again the target for his nemesis, the Celtic god of love...
Series injecting ancient mythology into the present day are not particularly rare these days, but Hearne tries to inject a few twists into the formula. Atticus (and the author) treat important figures of legend with a cavilier air, whether it's sleeping with goddesses of the hunt or slicing deities to pieces without breaking a sweat.
Atticus himself is slightly oddly drawn; for an ancient druid he does not exhibit much in the way of wisdom, and he is strangely passive, only reacting to situations rather than taking control.
The real value lies with the supporting cast, including Atticus' wolfhound Auberon; due to the druid's powers, Auberon can 'talk', and he is frequently hilarious whether idolising Genghis Khan or demanding sausages. Add in a group of viking lawyer-werewolves and you have some real invention.
The novel certainly breezes by in violent, exciting fashion, and I would be happy to drop in on the universe again, if only to see how the characters and world develop.