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Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One (edition 2011)

by Kevin Hearne

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Title:Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One
Authors:Kevin Hearne
Info:Del Rey (2011), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Science Fiction, Iron Druid, WLS, RBU

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Not sure about the timing, but very reminiscent of the world that Jim Butcher created in Chicago, if only philosophically. Well, that and Atticus seems to get around a bit more... ( )
  ScoutJ | Oct 7, 2014 |
I jinxed myself. I read the first 5 pages and thought I might actually like it after procrastinating over the decision of: to read, or not to read? I blame myself for settling on the former, as many have compared it to Jim Butcher's writing. Me and that dude do not get on. We are chalk and cheese.

The humour is unfunny; it's forced. The info-dump is off-putting; too much, too fast. Dialogue-overload. Not enough description.

Atticus claims to be 2,100 or just 21 to humans. He lies to everyone but the humans. He ain't two thousand years old. There's no way. He brags about the famous historical events he's witnessed, the powerful and dangerous gods he knows, and thinks his physical prowess is that of a ninja. He sounds like an immature boy. Show me you've lived longer than most, don't just tell me. He also feels too modern and "down with the kids".

These gods care enough to warn Atticus of an impending threat on his life but he doesn't take them seriously. Even after he is attacked. I don't understand why they care if he never listens to them.

One of said gods has promised not to let Atticus die. So if he's in terrible agony from multiple wounds, he won't die. That's awful. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy, and this woman is supposed to be an ally. Some ally. No thanks.

I wasn't impressed with the gods we met in the beginning. Not much intelligence or wisdom to be found in them. They were only concerned with petty grievances and vengeance. The norm for gods generally, though some semblance of substance or the ability to champion a worthwhile cause would've been nice, anything to show some depth of character to engender interest from me as the reader.

I hear Oberon is a hoot and an adorable sidekick. Well, I met him but he doesn't seem terribly dog-like.

I've never given up after so few pages read before, but I can't force myself to read any more.

Not for me.

36/292 pages read. ( )
1 vote Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. FTC guidelines: check!

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Atticus, a 2,100 year old druid, took a sword that a Celtic god thinks belongs to him. And so, he chases Atticus around the world for thousands of years. Meanwhile, Atticus becomes very good at staying alive...

Hearne was able to mix mythology and ancient concepts with the modern era in a quirky and very enjoyable way. He brought in werewolves, vampires, and witches without becoming all "Twilight-y", the depictions of the various creatures were gritty and pretty scary.

I loved Hearne's depiction of the druid religion. Atticus isn't just some dude in a robe. He's an earth-bound warrior priest who can change his shape and do all sorts of other awesome earth magic type things. He can also converse with his dog, which provided some great comic relief and some of my favorite exchanges.

Hearne introduces multiple pantheons of gods into this world so the possibilities that this series can explore are very broad, which is exciting. He also made the followers of the different gods totally unique so, for example, Atticus doesn't understand how the witches do magic, he just knows that they can. Not knowing what the enemy can do makes the action so much more tense!

The pace of this novel was gripping. There wasn't really a down moment. It was action all the way, which was great fun to read and made it hard to put the book down. I lost some sleep time to this amazing page turner.

I am definitely reading more of this series. It's a lot of fun! If you love urban fantasy, this is a must read. ( )
  HeidiWiechert | Sep 10, 2014 |
I hope the next book will be better. I've heard rave reviews of this series & read a short story prelude to it. Not bad, although this one spent a lot of time on the back story. It wasn't terrible, but certainly not elegantly done. It was fun & I'm going to read the next book, so that says a lot.

It's pretty typical urban fantasy, but with different critters than are normal. Lots of Celtic stuff in this one & the next, [b:Hexed|9595650|Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles, #2)|Kevin Hearne|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1320539847s/9595650.jpg|14482685], should have Norse gods in it if the broad hints in the first one mean anything. Norse gods are fun, too. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
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. ( )
1 vote cay250 | Aug 17, 2014 |
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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.

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Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, finds his peaceful life in Arizona shattered by the arrival of an angry Celtic god who wants Atticus's magical sword, forcing Atticus to call upon some unlikely allies for help.

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