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The first novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero
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 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.
Don’t miss any of Kevin Hearne’s phenomenal Iron Druid Chronicles novels:
HOUNDED | HEXED | HAMMERED | TRICKED | TRAPPED | HUNTED | SHATTERED | STAKED
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Luke Daniels is a professional actor who has performed at various repertory theatres around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare. His many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young adult and adult fiction,including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He currently resides in the Midwest.
- ASIN : 1491575670
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (October 28, 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 9781491575673
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491575673
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This time Atticus decides to stay and fight rather than run. He has some help. He has an Irish wolfhound who is his closest companion. He has the help, usually, of The Morrigan, a crow in form who is the Irish Chooser Of The Slain although her support is always questionable as she can change in the blink of an eye. The first of the Fae is on Atticus' side but only because they share a common enemy. He has a tentative relationship with a local coven of witches but Atticus doesn't trust them at all. He does trust his lawyers, a werewolf who does the day work and a vampire who takes the night shift.
But his enemies are powerful. The Irish God of Love has hated Atticus for centuries and has chased him across the world. He wants to become the ruler of the Faes and knows he will have a better chance of that if he can eliminate Atticus first. He also has entry to the demons of hell and can call on them in a fight as well as his own witches. Can Atticus survive this latest challenge?
Kevin Hearne has created a memorable character in Atticus. He is a native of Arizona so he gets the locale perfectly. His writing style is light and humorous and the reader will fall in love with Atticus and his wolfhound. This is the perfect first novel in a series; it can be read as a stand-alone tale without cliffhangers but it's so delightful that the reader will be interested in reading more of Atticus' adventures. This book is recommended for fantasy readers.
Luckily for Atticus; Tempe, Arizona has the least number of gods per capita, and for the most part he's left to run his occult bookshop, Third Eye Books and Herbs, in peace. Sure, he has a vampire and alpha werewolf on retainer as his lawyers. He has a wobbly treaty with the local witch coven. And The Morrigan frequently pops in for a visit and foreboding. But for the most part, Atticus is content to blend into this University town and play up his 21-year-old looks and live a quiet life as the last Druid in the world. He's content with his Irish wolfhound companion, Oberon (whom he shares a telepathic link) and to ogle the local bartender beauty, Granuaile.
Life is good.
And then Aenghus Óg steps up the attempts on his life. Suddenly there's no one Atticus can trust, and his quiet little life is about to come under threat . . .
`Hounded' is the first book in Kevin Hearne's urban fantasy series, `The Iron Druid Chronicles.'
This series started back in 2011, and since then Hearne has kept a steady pace of releases - with six `Iron Druid' books currently out, and at least three more in the works. I actually bought `Hounded' when it first came out, based on little more than snatches of the blurb and that fabulous cover. Hearne went on to release three more books in 2011, and I decided to sit back and amass the series a little bit, enjoy the build-up and anticipation before plunging in. It's 2013 now, and I've managed to collect all six books, so now I think it's high time I leapt in . . .
These books are funny. That has to be said first of all because when other elements weren't quite working for me, it was Hearne's wit and Atticus's humour that kept me going and ensured I'd be back for more. Atticus was really the saving grace for me in this book, because if his first-person narrative hadn't been so entertaining I'm not sure I'd have been as sold on the world-building promises. But Atticus is a fine hero to go on a journey with (good to know, when I've got six books to spend with him!). He's 2000-years-old, and seen things. He lets little bits of his history show, but as this is the first book Hearne & Atticus are keeping the cards close to their chests - so you'll get a little aside about the Crusades being what turned Atticus off violence, or that his father threw him in a tar pit to teach him to `man up' - but he doesn't dwell on his past and lets very little slip. Sometimes this didn't work for me, but I also loved that Atticus is a character beautifully blended of modernity and history. So occasionally you'll get one-liner gems like his one (discussing Thor);
. . . in the parlance of our times, he was a douche bag.
Brilliant. Also adding to the humour in the book is Atticus's trusty Irish wolfhound, Oberon, with whom he shares a telepathic link. Oberon was marvellous, and probably my favourite character ever (someone tell me he's won a sidekick award!). Oberon is poodle-obsessed and very impressionable; one bath-time tale about Genghis Khan and he starts begging Atticus to start a land war in Asia. I also relied on Oberon to bring me back to this series, because he's the one aspect of Atticus's life that hinted a bit at the dearth of his loneliness and revealed his true heart.
And that was the thing; Atticus was funny and wise, but throughout the book I felt a disconnect. Here he is, the last Druid. Two thousand years old, the very last of his kind. But I felt like at the end of the book, I didn't really know Atticus all that much and besides thinking he had a good sense of humour, I wasn't entirely sure I had learnt a whole hell of a lot about him. Now, like I said, this is the first book in a long series so I'd hate for Hearne to lay all his cards on the table. But I wanted to get a sense that we (as readers) were meeting Atticus at the start of this series, at a time when he's ready to reconnect. And I felt there was plenty of opportunity for Hearne to highlight Atticus's loneliness - there's a pack of werewolves, a coven of witches and the gods all seem to be in cahoots . . . but Atticus is on his lonesome. Except he didn't seem all that fussed. Sure, Oberon has clearly filled some of that love and affection for him (because, make no mistake, these two have got `buddy-cop' written all over them) I guess I wanted more evidence that Atticus was ready for more human connections.
He is friends with a widowed Irishwoman neighbour, Mrs. MacDonagh, but their bizarre friendship was often used as comic relief as opposed to genuine connection. Then there's barmaid Granuaile, a beautiful red-headed twenty-two-year-old who Atticus can't quite figure out. She's woefully under-cooked in this first book, but looking at the cover for `Trapped', I can guess she becomes a bigger player (drats that it's five books down the queue though).
The world-building was pretty good in this book, though I did feel like Hearne was chucking everything in for good measure. In this world, all gods are real - from Allah to Jesus and Buddha. They all exist right now, in some form or other, and for the most part they piss off the little supernatural's with their godly behaviour.
This world premise is quite fun, and I can now see why the series has a nine-book trajectory. When no gods are off-limits; every religion, myth and magic could potentially crop up in the books, no wonder Hearne has yet to tap the bottom of the `Iron Druid Chronicles'. Though in this first book he brings out a lot of minor Celtic gods that were hard to keep track of; on top of a brewing witch war, mentions of werewolf pack hierarchy, some Native American tales . . . he put a lot in this first book and at times it was overwhelming, bordering on confusing.
I will say that the `Iron Druid Chronicles' are shaping up to be a very manly fare. Maybe when/if Granuaile comes to mean more this will change; but in `Hounded' at least there's no romance, apart from a running joke that three female minor gods fawn over Atticus and there's minor bedroom hijinx that's referenced, not described. The lovey-dovey stuff is minimal and brushed aside quite quickly, which is actually a nice change when paranormal romance has been creeping in and blurring the lines of urban fantasy more and more. But I do hope that, further along in the series, Atticus does look for more in his life and someone to share it with - I think that will go a long way to addressing my initial concerns that Atticus seems to be a very unemotional man.
All in all, `Hounded' didn't WOW me like I had hoped it would . . . but I'll be sticking around because (detached as he is) Atticus was a great hero, Oberon is my favourite new side-kick and I'm hoping that future book-covers hint at deeper human connections in store for this lonesome Druid.
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So what makes a good fantasy? Humour. I don't mean that stories need to be comedic. if you look at real life people humour is always present. if you are in a profession that is tense with great responsibility, like EMTs or Firemen, soldiers, pilots and so on, you'll alwys find humour because it reduces tension. Real people make light of situations.
And so we come to the Iron Druid. a 2100-year-old iron-age man. he is hunted by gods as well as mundane police at various stages.
His appearance is that of a young 20-something but his mind, and thus the internal dialog we hear, is 2100 years old. So his attitudes are necessarily more primitive, though given that he has lived so long, those primitive attitudes have unergone some refining and he embraces most of the modern lifestyle choices.
Hmour is ever present though. In conversations with his dog, Oberon, with the werewolves and vampires and humans. It makes it seem real and thus very easy to submerse yourself in the caharacters and environment. Thats not to say there are no serious action scenes.
There are no super gory long drawn out posturing battles. He's an iron-age fighter, so the idea is, kill them before they kill you. there are no rules.
It's very refreshing.
The quality of writing is escellent throughout. Good characterisation, a plot that you can see has run for millenia and is likely to continue.
The treatment of the druids, history of the old Irish religion, vampires, werewolves, norse gods, graeco-roman gods and sundry others are logically consistent and feel real. And that is what makes a Great Fantasy.
I really recommend getting the entire series (it's discounted) and also the Audobooks as that helps immensely with the pronounciation.
Enjoy yourself with this, and may harmony find you.
Atticus is a 2100 year old magic bearing druid who runs a book and herb tea shop in Arizona. He's been on the run from a god for centuries since stealing his mythical sword fragarach during battle, though the God in question Aenghus, was using it for destruction.
Atticus, as a druid, is about earth and healing. However that doesn't mean he's not dangerous.
This urban fantasy combining nordic and Irish mythology, adventure and sardonic wit, finds Atticus being hunted by the god, but he has allies. His lawyers are both Vikings - one a werewolf, one a vampire, the Morrigan promises not to take him if he dies, there's a very attractive yet unusual barmaid set to help him, and a lovely old Irish whiskey drinking neighbour pensioner who helps him bury bodies.
Best of all though is best buddy Oberon - his Irish wolfhound rescue, who lives sausages and poodles.
Hearne writes the dialogue between the two friends - magic of course - and Oberon is funny, sarcastic but also so loving and adorable.
Atticus is cheeky at times but also honourable.
It's a great cast of characters that fans of Jim Butcher or Kim Harrison will love.
And given the amount of research, which is evident but not info dumped, it works well.
So, I started doing some searches, books like.........
Got a lot of results! Mostly stuff I've read and a lot of stuff I know isn't relevant.
However I spot this gem in the pile and delve deeper. An Irish Druid! The last Druid! And he's an o'sullivan?!!
I couldn't turn back now! What an excellent name choice(truly inspired)
Then I realised the whole pantheon of Irish gods and myths are thrown in too, with Norse werewolves and Icelandic vampires and polish witches? Not to mention mellow Irish widows and smart ass Irish wolfhounds! With a yarn fit for a bard tying the whole thing together.
Overall a quick action packed adrenaline ride from start to finish! Ive got another great series to enjoy😀