Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that’s where Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid – the last of his kind – has decided to set up shop. He’s been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword from a very angry ancient Celtic god for over two millennia now.
But while these years have been good to him – Atticus has become more powerful than he could have possibly imagined – The Morrigan, a very old god of death, has predicted death and doom for our hero, and it’s up to Atticus, with help from a pride of werewolves, and a gorgeous bartender with a secret of her own, to stay alive, hopefully for another thousand years.
This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I loved it nevertheless. Hounded just proves that sometimes it’s good when expectations aren’t met, and that a story can sometimes take you by surprise. Atticus is a 2,000 year old Druid who just wants to live a fairly normal and quiet life in Arizona. But he is soon fighting for his life when an ancient God decides to hound him until he relinquishes a powerful magical sword that he took possession of long ago.
What I loved about this book was that when the action started, it didn’t stop until the conclusion of the book. Hounded had my heart thumping and the adrenaline pumping through my veins at a feverish pitch. It was fast-paced, intelligent, and humorous. I loved Atticus O’Sullivan and had no problems wanting to root for him. He possesses a magic that could only be acquired with lots of time (over 700 years worth), patience, and determination. He’s smart, funny, and draws his strength from the earth. He has a good heart evidenced by his looking after and helping his widowed neighbor and his dog Oberon. Atticus is also beyond brave, with a healthy libido, and a very strong will to keep right on living.
I loved every minute of this book. While I assumed this book would take me on an adventure across different lands and magical places, all of the action was actually contained in a fairly small area considering. But there was so much action that it really didn’t matter. This book was very fast paced and kept the reader wondering who or what Atticus would encounter next. I also found myself chuckling at Atticus and his ancient friends. Because he’s lived so long he had an interesting mix of jokes and sayings, some very old, and others circa the 21st century.
Hounded was a great urban-fantasy read that was humorous, smart, and brilliantly written. I think Kevin Hearne did a great job with the first of the Iron Druid Chronicles, and I’m anxious to read the rest of this series.
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