Thursday, 28 July 2016

Book Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid #1)

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.

My Review: 
Atticus, last of the Druids, runs an occult shop in Arizona and is in hiding after a Celtic God decides he wants to obtain his magic sword. Morrigan, goddess of war warns Atticus that he is in mortal danger as his enemies are closing in on him and plots are happening. With her advice, his werewolf and vampire lawyers and his faithful wolfhound Oberon, Atticus has to worry about his enemies finding him and a coven of witches who want to hire him to do a potion against the same Celtic God.

This was a great book! Atticus is a character that you can really like. He looks like a young man but is an experienced Druid who deals in earth type magic and is constantly on guard in case his hiding place is discovered. He has friends and contacts who are gods and goddesses and his faithful dog Oberon who he can communicate mentally with. Oh I love Oberon! He is a dog obsessed by orgies with French poodles and what is for dinner, but becomes a target when he is framed for murder on a sheep hunt. Atticus is determined to hide his friend safely until he can prove him innocent. The relationship between the two is touching and full of very funny dialogue.

There are other excellent supporting characters. I liked Morrigan, who is the nearest thing to a friend and ally that Atticus has. I love his Irish neighbour Mrs MacDonagh who hates the British with a passion! She is very funny and belongs in an episode of Father Ted! When she witnesses Atticus killing an enemy, she is quite relaxed about it when Atticus lies that he was British. Her response is "have y' buried the fecking tea bag yet?" and insists on the burial being in her garden! She is brilliant and I hope to see more of her in future books. There are quite a few Celtic gods and goddesses popping up in the story and even those friendly to Atticus seem to be using him for their own agenda, which keeps things interesting.

There is lots of excellent action and a variety of monsters in the book as well. Atticus has to fight the vicious Fir Bolgs along with his vampire lawyer Leif in the middle of the street, giving his obnoxious nosy neighbour the chance to call the police on Atticus. The whole scene starting with Mrs MacDonagh and ending with the Fir Bolgs was so well written and exciting. There are Ghoul clean up teams, the coven representative who hates Atticus and keeps trying to trick him into trouble, the angry werewolf pack who are searching for missing pack members, demons and a barmaid Atticus fancies who shares her body with an Indian witch called Laksha. On the action side of thing, I loved the final big battle and all the plot twists that occur in the book.

It is a good mix of urban fantasy and various mythologies with lots of action and humour. There are also several stories entwined here-the Laksha story where she is seeking freedom from the barmaid's body, the witch coven and their plan, the kidnapped werewolves, Atticus and his Celtic enemies...but the stories are all connected and flow together in one excellent narrative. I love the action, the funny bits, the mythology and the Characters, especially the brilliant Oberon with his poodle fantasies! In fact, there is nothing about this book that I didn't like.

I recommend this book for fans of urban fantasy, mythology, magic and fantasy. 
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  1. You have sooooo sold me on starting to collect this series and reading them. I read a short story once in a collection and it had Morrigan in it so I would say she probably becomes a pretty stable character. I'm so glad you liked this tale! I think Oberon is a great dog name too by the way.

    1. I've read quite a few short stories in the series which were just as good so I'm really keen to catch up on the series. Hopefully you'll love Oberon!