Release Date: May 3, 2011
Title: Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1)
Author: Kevin Hearne
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Publisher: Random House/Del Rey
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: The first novel in the original, six-book 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 centuriesold. 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.
On the surface, this seems like any other urban fantasy book I’ve read and loved. But really, it’s one of the most unique books I’ve ever read.
And let me just say, I loved it.
Honestly, it was refreshing to read a book in this genre written by a man with a male main character. That almost never happens! At least, not in the circles I tend to stay in.
Atticus is a fun dude. I love to listen to him talk. He’s very formal in his narration (no contractions, even) but he knows how important speech is to fitting into the community (so that his 2000+ years don’t arouse suspicion ) and is able to converse in the vernacular. I love it.
Even though Atticus is the main character, he is not my favorite character. My favorite character in the series is his dog Oberon. Yes, you read that right, his dog. As a druid, Atticus has the ability to bind himself to his pet and teach him to talk in his mind. The two converse telepathically. And Oberon is just awesome.
He may actually be my all time favorite character ever.
Even if you don’t think you’ll like reading about the last remaining druid in a world where all of the gods of all of the pantheons are (or were) real (not to mention werewolves, vampires, and witches)… read it anyway (well truly, I recommend the audiobook). Oberon makes it worth it.