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Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Friday September 9, 2011 at 12:00 am |

hounded-khPublisher: Del Rey
Copyright: 2011
Published: May 3, 2011
Pages: 291
Form: E-Book
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles (1)
Author: Kevin Hearne
Buy The Book: B&N | Book Depository

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.

My Thoughts:

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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8 Responses to “Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne”

  1. Heart thumping…adrenaline pumping? Whowser! I was surprised when I saw this cover on your GoodReads timeline. Not that I’ve read it or anything but it just surprised me. I’m so glad you posted a review and put my mind to rest.

    I don’t know that I read a lot of books that have a lot of real adventure. I’m curious but still unsure. Is there any mystery or romance involved in addition to the adventure?

    Awesome review as always!

  2. Missie says:

    “It was fast-paced, intelligent, and humorous.” YES! Exactly what I thought of Hounded too! I was also a bit surprised that everything that takes place happens within the same area, but as the story continued, I definitely understood why, especially since Atticus has built his “protected” area.

    AWESOME review, Jade. I’m so happy you liked it.

  3. My library has this and I have wanted to get it for a while now but have held off. I love paranormal books but usually stick to YA, I’m a little skittish on adult urban fantasy. Was there a ton of profanity or sex in the book? I’m curious….
    NC
    Truly Bookish

  4. Jade Jade says:

    @ Alexis, there is no romance or mystery really in the book, but the action was so great and never ending that, for me, it wasn’t necessary to still be a good read.

    @ Missie, glad I wasn’t the only one expecting to cross worlds and visit other lands. But once I kept reading I understood too why the story was contained to Tempe. It was an awesome read. I like trying something out of my normal box every now and again, and this one definitely delivered.

    @ Truly, There was a bit of profanity and a little sex, but the sex scenes were actually more implied than directly written. There are no descriptive sex scenes, you just kind of now that sex happened. But I think if you want to step outside your normal reading, I think this one is worth a shot.

  5. Lena says:

    Sounds exciting. I haven’t read an adrenaline pumping novel is forever. Makes me want to read it just to get the rush.

    Thanks for the review. Never heard of the book or the author, so this a nice book to look out for when I’m buying.

  6. Nic @ Irresistible Reads says:

    I have heard lots of good things about Hounded! Awesome review 🙂

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