Review – Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne

houndedHounded is a solid start to the Iron Druid Chronicles and a new urban fantasy series for me.

From Goodreads: “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.”

Even though I am a huge urban fantasy fan and have read tons of them in the recent past, I wasn’t sure what to expect with Hounded.  First of all, it’s written by a man.  Most of my favorite series are penned by women.  And, the main character is a guy as well.  I’m all about girl power and didn’t know if a male could carry a UF.

Luckily, I absolutely adored the voice of Atticus.  He is just what you want in a UF hero – talented, powerful, funny and a little off (but in a good way).  Here are some of my favorite quotes from Atticus:

“Tell you what: Let’s debate the meaning of honor and see who lives longer.”

“I really, really wanted to flirt, but seeing as I was the guy who widowed her, I thought perhaps there was a line somewhere I shouldn’t cross.”

“I was kind of like Yoda chilling out in the Dagobah system.”

Plus, we have the added bonus of his Irish Wolfhound, Oberon, who quickly became a favorite for me.  His doggie voice is funny and poignant.  Every Druid needs a sidekick and Oberon fits the bill perfectly.

4/5 stars for a fun, engaging and well written story.  I can’t wait to get to the next one.

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