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
Who said (enter the answer in the Rafflecopter, don’t put in the comments)
Who said “When he said to give him the sword, I don’t think he meant for you to stick it in his guts”
There are other options in the rafflecopter for you to enter discussion questions and quotes to share.
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!)
Time to start reading Hexed by Kevin Hearne for the 2023 Read-along! #giveaways #giveaway @BooksofMyHeart Click To Tweet
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
- Sunday Post –4 June 2023 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality - June 4, 2023
- 🎧 Series review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson @HoJay92 @BaileyCarrVOICE @LLAudiobooks @PRHAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAM #COYER #ReadASeriesinaMonth - June 3, 2023
- Read-along & #Giveaway: Tricked by Kevin Hearne @KevinHearne @luckylukeekul @DelReyBooks @PRHAudio#Read-along #GIVEAWAY #LoveAudiobooks #JIAM - June 2, 2023
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I really enjoyed Hounded. I’m glad I joined this read-along. I especially loved Oberon’s sneaky humor.
I completely agree with you Role. The humor adds a lot.
I read this book a couple of years ago and really liked it, but then never managed to read any more books in the series. Why? I have no idea. Just must have gotten lost in all the other books I want to read. ;D
The RA is my way of getting myself (and hopefully my friends) to read a whole series I want to read. I pick only the very best stuff. I am really excited to read Hexed as it went the same for me with not getting to it. Now I’m committed. I hope you will enjoy it with us.
This is my second time through as well, and yes the humor and snark is so fun. I can’t remember if I read the prequel novellas. I’ll go back and check.
I’m reading ALL of the novellas as I go along. I own nearly everything on audio because spelling and pronunciation are not my friend with Celtic mythology. You made an excellent point in your review about how romance readers can enjoy a great story with humor and action. I know my RA is helping more people try slightly different genres. I am so thankful to have friends like you and am glad you are joining us. This is the only book I have read so now I’m totally excited to read Hexed next week.
Good review! I haven’t read the novellas yet; I may try to fit some in this month.
I read the first four books (or maybe three and a half?) somewhere around 2013, and then didn’t go on. I loved the first three books, but as I recall, I bogged down in book four for reasons I can’t remember. But I’ve encountered other people who had problems with book four, and they all tell me it’s better after that. I figure that doing the readalong will help me keep going once we get to book four, so I can finally finish the series! Also, Anne was absolutely right when she suggested I listen to the audiobooks; I love Luke Daniels’s narration.
Thank you! I love the audio version also. The novella are very short. I read them all in a day. Two of them are only about 17-18 pages. I’m so happy to have you with us.
Yes, the relationship between Atticus and Oberon is a fun one. I had a good time returning to this book and it was my first time reading the prequels too. Love it, Stephanie!
Thank you for joining us Sophia! I loved reading and barely remembered anything from the last time. (sad) I am SO excited to go on and read more now. I am glad to be fitting in the novellas and they are mostly pretty short, but generally add depth of knowledge to the world and characters.
Stephanie thank you so much for joining the Read-along and sharing your reviews. Does Harper enjoy audiobooks as Lulu does?
Having never joined a read-along before, I wasn’t sure what to expect – AND, I’m not familiar with the author or series. But I thought it sounded fun, and I was right – the book is great. I agree with everyone that Atticus and Oberon are definitely special characters and I look forward to joining their future adventures. Thanks for inviting me.
Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
Thanks so much for joining us Terrie. I thought you would enjoy it and I’m glad you are off to a good start.
Oberon is notable but I think Hearne does a great job generally of giving even minor characters plausible relationships with his heroes. The widow cracks me up every time! (This is my third read-through. I’m a fan!)
I agree Kate. His world-building is effortless for the reader instead of being too heavy or sluggish and yet we get a lot of detail. There were a lot of characters and I felt they were quite well developed also.
I’ve had this one for ages and it’s about time I started/finished it!
Thanks for this series read-a-long.
And yes, did enjoy it.
Shannon, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I perhaps like you, have wanted to read the series for a long time and I’m very excited to be reading it now. Thank you for joining us.
Great review, Stephanie! This was my second time reading (via audio) the book and I found I’d forgotten a lot, as well. I love the connection between Oberon and Atticus!
I’m so thrilled you are with us Jen! It’s been awhile since you read so this will be awesome for you to read them all together closer.
Great review from Stephanie. I agree 100% — the comment about neighbors is something I wish we had time to discuss today because that neighbor and that fight on the lawn was something else! I enjoyed this so much and am excited to keep reading.
Definitely! I want to start but I have to pace myself. I’m so glad to have you along and have a group to discuss everything with me.
We are just starting the 2nd book Carole so you would be welcome to join us. There is a lot of humor in the stories.
This was my third time with Hounded. I’ve listened twice now and read once. I just love Luke Daniels narration of this series. Each time I laugh because I pick up on things more, in part because I’ve read/listened to the entire series.
I’m so happy to have you with us. I’m also thrilled to be finally reading this series. That is one of my purposes in the RA is to revisit series where it has been awhile ( or I read over a long period of years) or to tackle series I always wanted to read.
I really enjoyed it!
That’s great! Had you read this series at all previously?