Hounded by Kevin Hearne is a book I’ve been told I must read for over two years, so I finally downloaded the audiobook and I’m so glad I did! The narration by Luke Daniels is one of the best I’ve heard, the urban fantasy world of Hounded is fresh and full of true Celtic origins, and the characters are wonderful and include a very smart Irish Wolfhound that regularly made me laugh while I was driving ;-). If you like audiobooks and urban fantasy, do yourself a favor and get all six currently available Iron Druid Chronicles now!
Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
(The Iron Druid Chronicles #1)
Published by Del Rey on May 3rd, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 304 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.
- As I mentioned above, the narration of Hounded by Luke Daniels is phenomenal. Normally I’m quite picky about male narrators, but I loved Hounded and am probably going to go see what else Luke Daniels has narrated! He gives wonderfully distinct voices for the many characters, including a very convincing Irish Wolfhound-who-has-been-taught-to-mindspeak voice, hehe.
- I was very impressed by how much of the traditional Irish lore Hounded incorporated as well as myths from other cultures. Hounded works on the general idea that all deities and magical things exist and can take form if enough humans have thought about them, so all the old gods still exist along with the god-like Tuatha Dé Danann and Atticus has met a fair number of them.
- The secondary characters really make Hounded as fun as it is. Oberon is the wonderful Irish Wolfhound I previously mentioned and he is just so wonderful. Listening to Hounded made me really want to get an Irish Wolfhound if only I could get one that can mindspeak…. Atticus also has a strange relationship with the Morrigan and several other old gods, all of whom are pretty entertaining when they are forced to deal with modern life ;-).
- I really liked Hounded’s main character, Atticus. Normally I have a harder time getting attached to male MCs, but Atticus pulls off being both badass and sweet to nice old Irish ladies. His narration is often entertaining since he is actually over 2000 years old and lived through many of the great events of history. I had no trouble believing he really was that old and rooting for him to keep on keeping on, ha.
- Since Hounded is urban fantasy, sexy times are required right? There is no romance, but that doesn’t stop Atticus from having a good time from time to time. I found those scenes to be a nice balance of detail to be obvious about what is going on without making me blush too much, hehe.
- After the amount of build-up throughout Hounded, the final big battle ended up feeling a bit anti-climactic. I had kind of expected some things to be drawn out into subsequent books, but everything seems quite conveniently tied up at the end of Hounded.
- Hounded might have a few too many secondary characters, since I found myself struggling to keep straight who everyone was. Some of this is of course the format that I was reading in, since driving tends to distract from listening sometimes. However, I can imagine not knowing how to pronounce half the names would lead to a similar problem in physical book form too.
Hounded is a wonderful start to a series I wish I had gotten to a long time ago. I’ve gotten pretty worn out when it comes to urban fantasy, so I’m quite pleasantly surprised to find a new series that I’m already in love with! I’m also very excited for the narration to be so strong since I’ll now have lots of listening material for a while in order to catch up :D. If you like the idea of urban fantasy but are tired of the same kick-butt heroines being tough and falling for the bad boy, check out Hounded for sure!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Hounded by Kevin Hearne
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