HOUNDED (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1)
Written by Kevin Hearne
Published by Del Rey, May 3, 2011
My star rating: 5 stars
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. Find it on Goodreads
OMG! Holy hell! I LOVED this book SO much! When I first heard that this was a book about an ancient druid that included a bunch of gods and was set in current times Arizona…… I thought – weird. How is that going to make any sense? But then I paid attention to the other things that it had going for it. Hot Irish guy covered in tattoo’s, Druid, sharp wit, a magical sword, a talking dog, witches, vampires, werwolves, gods and goddesses…… yes, I’ll take all of that please!
Don’t let the fact that this book takes place in modern day Arizona fool you. It’s not as weird as it sounds. Atticus is incredibly old, and looking for a quiet life in a small town. He’s stolen a sword from a god and now the God is pissed off. Arizona seemed to be a quiet place where it would be hard for magical creatures to find him, and he wanted a nice life of a small business owner. He has a dog named Oberon (more on him later!), he sells specialized teas, books, tarot cards, and other magical items, and he takes care of the yard of a sweet old Irish lady. Life seems nice and calm until a group of fae come to try and kill him. Quickly we learn about his ancient feud with a god that involves the sword that’s now in his possession. From there we meet other goddesses and learn about Atticus’s life and his powers.
Since his background goes back before the creation of religion, there’s a lot of years to cover!!! This could have been a disaster if I’m being honest. There’s so many events that we need to learn about and so many relationships that he’s formed and destroyed over the years. It was written in such a perfect way that we weren’t drowning in details at all. Instead, the information was given when necessary and in pieces. The relevant details were told in a hilarious way and always kept me captivated. You want to soak in every detail! Normally when there are a lot of characters with unique names, I struggle to keep them and their relevance to the book straight. But this one was so easy to connect the dots. Well done sir!
The gods, goddesses, and other magical creatures were so interesting. Throughout the book we learned about all the different pieces to this magical world. Where they resided, what their purpose was, what their powers entailed, and how they intertwined with Atticus. There were so many details in all of this! I could use another 500 pages or so of straight up info dumping about all of it!
Because there were so many different creatures, and because there was such a long span of time for them to make connections, there was a perfect set up for a classic “who do I trust” storyline. Atticus trusted no one really, but he couldn’t really figure out who was on who’s side. That gave the story so much doubt and confusion. Even when you thought you had it all figured out, the author would throw you another curve ball and you were left to sit there with your jaw open.
And the pace was pure insanity! There wasn’t even time to relax and calm down after one insane event before the next thing was happening. Because of the pace, I felt like I couldn’t stop reading! I knew that if I read just one more chapter that something would happen to resolve this issue and then something else would happen!
But, my favourite part was the humour. Atticus was a smart ass. A confident, wise, smart ass. The way that he talked to his enemies (to which, he had a lot!) was just hilarious! He wasn’t afraid to be brutally honest, he knew how to use his words as weapons, and his reactions and inner monologue as he reacted to things was priceless! Then there’s the old Irish lady that he’s helping get things done around the house. She’s definitely an old Irish lady! Loves her whisky, talks about men all the time, and is willing to do anything for a friend. Me and her would get along well too!
But, hands down, the best part of this book – Oberon!!! Oberon is the name of Atticus’ dog and he was HILARIOUS! He became slightly obsessed with sausages and french poodles. I kept reading his perspective like a clearer talking Scooby Doo…. which made it even funnier!!
I wish I could say more, but I really want you to experience this book all on your own. I could have a gold mine of quotes from Oberon, but I refuse to ruin the hilarity for you! Safe to say that, if you like fast paced paranormal fantasy, paranormal creatures, gods and goddess’s, a hilarious talking dog, and complicated but extremely well written fantasy novel – here it is!!! Read it – NOW!!!
Have you read this series? Was Oberon your favourite too??
Until next time, happy reading!