by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Published by: Brilliance Audio
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration Rating: 5
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
Hounded by Kevin Hearne first sat on my Kindle after bloggers I adore and trust called it a must-read. Then when I read reviews about the narrations of Luke Daniels, I added the Audible edition. There it sat in my queue for over a year. I am kicking myself. Seriously, Hounded is all that I love about urban fantasy with a narration that was utterly addictive.
Atticus O’Sullivan lives in Arizona and owns an occult bookshop. At first, glance he appears to be a carefree handsome, twenty-something, tattooed Irish dude. In actuality, he is the last of the Druids and twenty-one centuries old. He pulls magic from the earth, carries a magic Druid sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. In his spare time, he loves shape-shifting and hunting with his Irish wolfhound. Hells yes, within five minutes I was all in.
I devoured Hounded and loved everything from the paranormal world living in secret side by side with humans to Atticus’s dealings with FAE, witches, shifters, vampires, and gods.
I loved Atticus and felt Hearne made him complex, funny, relatable and genuine. He can telepathically communicate with Oberon, his Irish wolfhound, and lord this pup is funny! His obsession with sausage and French Poodles about killed me. From Atticus’s sharp wit and cunning battle skills to his posh vampire lawyer, listeners will find themselves laughing, holding their breath and wondering how Atticus will survive.
It looks like each book will have an overall dilemma as Hearne builds on the overall story ARC. In Hounded, a Celtic god wants Atticus’s sword and sends mercenaries of the paranormal variety to do his bidding before the big showdown. Atticus must rely on friends, Gods, and his wits if he is to survive. The action scenes and climatic encounter were brilliantly done with attention to detail, twists, and kickassery. The story wraps up nicely and provides a set up for things to come. I cannot wait to dive in.
If this is sitting in your TBR pile, or its one you’ve meant to pick up…Do it! You can expect to see the rest of the series reviewed on the blog. Currently, there are eight published novels available in this series. All are available in audio, print, and eBook. The ninth and last book is due out in 2018. There are several novellas and some side stories with Oberon, most are available on audio as well.
Hearne created a masterful tale that left me craving a return to this world.Narrated by Luke Daniels, Hounded by Kevin Hearne delivered all that I love in Urban Fantasy. #audio #mustlisten Click To Tweet
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