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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356501191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356501192
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut. Staying alive for 2,000 years takes a great deal of cunning, and sexy super-druid Atticus O'Sullivan, currently holed up in the Arizona desert, has vexed a few VIPs along the way. High up on that list is Aenghus og, the Celtic god of love. It's not just that Aenghus wants his sword back--though it is a very nice magical sword--but that Atticus didn't exactly ask permission to take it. Atticus and his trusty sidekick, Irish wolfhound Oberon, make an eminently readable daring duo as they dodge Aenghus's minions and thwart his schemes with plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." --"Publisher's Weekly, starred review""A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic."--Ari Marmell, author of "The Warlord's Legacy""Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series."--Kelly Meding, author of "Three Days to Dead""Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original."--Nicole Peeler, author of "Tempest Rising"

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The first book in an exciting urban fantasy series, packed with humour, action and mythology

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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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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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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2011
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All you need to know about this book, and I assume the next couple in the series, is in the product description. I cannot imagine that the author will never admit to reading the Dresden Files, because this is so similar as to be almost, just almost, a rip off. To be fair what I think the author has done is take the best parts of Jim Butcher's series, transplant them elsewhere and add enough new detail and characterisation to allow this series, or certainly this book at least to stand on it's own two feet. The humour is very well done, laugh out loud at times, and there are enough thrills and spills to induce the "just one more chapter" feeling. On finishing I am left waiting impatiently for the next volume, so there must be something good going on here.
Approach this with an open mind and any fans of Harry Dresden, the Discworld novels, or even the likes of Joe Abercrombie will find enough here for a light read and a pleasant page turning experience.
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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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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.
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