Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Published by Del Ray on May 3, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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 sexy 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
This is the second time that I have read Hounded by Kevin Hearne. The first time was a few years ago. I really enjoyed it when I read it and had intended to continue the series and then never really prioritized it. (Story of my life.) Anne’s Read-along of the Iron Druid Chronicles this year was the PERFECT time for me to re-read it so I can continue the series.
Reading the prequel short stories Grimoire of the Lamb, Clan Rathskeller, and Kaibab Unbound added to my enjoyment of Hounded. I did not read those the first time around. I felt like it added more backstory and I love the rich history that Hearne provides without overloading the story.
I think my favorite part of the book is the special bond that Atticus and Oberon share. I love the interactions these two have and I feel like they really add to the story. I am convinced that somehow Hearne has figured out how to communicate with dogs and there is a dog out there somewhere that Oberon is a carbon copy of!
I had forgotten much of the main plot line. The thing that I remembered most clearly is Hearne’s humor. That was still there in spades but I also thoroughly enjoyed the story all over again. The action never seems to slow and there is so much to learn about the world that Atticus lives in.
Other paranormal beings are so cleverly woven into the storyline that it all seems distinctly possible and I think that is where the magic of this book lies. Between sword fights with ancient gods, witches, and werewolves are weaved sweet and spicy Irish widows, crotchety neighbors, and everyday life as we know it.
It’s exciting to see where Kevin Hearne will take us on the rest of the Iron Druid Chronicles but if it is more of what I found in Hounded, I am more than ready to go!
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The chat will be Sunday, March 5th
COYER Challenge is adopting our Read-along. You can read about COYER and join that challenge or just the Facebook community chat HERE. On the Sunday after the review posts, they will host a FB room (like we do for COYER book club) at 12 PT, 2 CT, 3 ET and 9pm Europe, for a one hour chat. You do not have to join the COYER challenge to participate, only the Facebook group.
Here’s your to-do list:
- Find your copies of these books, borrow them from a friend, get them at the library or buy them.
- Read book 2, Hexed by March 31. (I moved this up a week because otherwise the chat would be on Easter.)
- Make note of a favorite quote or two as you read the book.
- If you haven’t read the books before, make a list of questions you have for the discussion. If you have read them, please don’t spoil new readers.
- Enter the giveaways!
Interviews with Kevin:
2011- Apr 19: Fantasy Book Critic interview
2011- Apr 27: Underwords interview
2011- May 3: Whatever by John Scalzi The Big Idea
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Who said “When he said to give him the sword, I don’t think he meant for you to stick it in his guts”
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Be sure to enter the giveaways!!!
For US MP3 audio copy of Hexed ,and for Intl a paperback from Book depository. The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here!)
For a US / Canadian winner, this will be a full set of SIGNED trade paperbacks by Kevin Hearne.
For an Intl winner, it will be $50 at Book Depository. The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here!)
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We are doing one book every 4-5 weeks, posting on Fridays. We will have a review with the team here at Books of My Heart plus some of our friends.
Mar 3: Hounded – Stephanie @ Once Upon A Chapter
Mar 31: Hexed – Jonetta @ Blue Mood Cafe
May 5: Hammered – Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About
Jun 2: Tricked – Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
Jul 7: Trapped – Rachel @ Waves of Fiction
Aug 4: Hunted – KC @ Books of My Heart
Sep 8: Shattered – Berls @ Because Reading
Oct 6: Staked – Sophia @ Books of My Heart
Nov 3: Besieged – Kimberly @Caffeinated Reviewer
Dec 1: Scourged – Anne @ Books of My Heart
Dec 17: Q & A with Kevin Hearne
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- Lost Hours by Paige Shelton @AuthorPaige @StMartinsPress @MinotaurBooks - December 5, 2023
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