Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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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"
The first book in an exciting urban fantasy series, packed with humour, action and mythologySee all Product Description
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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!Read more ›
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.
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.
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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I really liked the protagonist, his world and of course his dog. Looking forward to the rest of the series.Published 10 days ago by Connie Tancredi-Brice
I am a big fan of the Dresden files and fantasy generally so when I came across Hounded I was keen to give it a go. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr N J Skoyles
A highly enjoyable book. Fast paced and not romance based which was refreshing in a supernatural book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S Slessor
Well worth a read , funny and charming. Buy it and enjoy my ourself in a world new to you, the start of a good journeyPublished 2 months ago by Reader
I had heard Hearne’s “Iron Druid” books mentioned many times but had always ignored them because of, well...”Druid”. I really don’t care for traditional sword & sorcery fantasy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JZS
I read a lot of urban fantasy and for the most part love it. This book sets up a very entertaining series and lays out the basic rules of the mythos. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. A. Gibson
I bought this for a friend because frankly I love this series! The stories are very well told, full of humour and great battles. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike
If you enjoyed the Dresden files or the bellowing novels then you will enjoy this book as well. A good story with a funny heroPublished 3 months ago by michael liversedge