Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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

Title: Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Author: Kevin Hearne
Published: 2011
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Library
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: ****

 My Review:

I first got a copy of this book a couple of years ago.  I think I won it in a competition and at the time it didn't seem like my kind of read so I put it down.  Since then the people I know who have read the series have really enjoyed it so when i saw it at the library this week,  I figured now was a good time to give it a go.

 I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised.  This was an extremely fun read and a lot lighter than I think i expected and it was this fact that I think really endeared the book to me.

With a strong storyline threaded with humour and lots happening through out, the pace worked well along with the quirky interesting characters. There were twists and turns which and you were never really sure who could be trusted and this kept me turning the pages till the end.

Filled with celtic mythology and as well as mentions of various other mythologies an cultures, this didn't get too bogged down in the information giving department. The information was given as needed without being too much of an info dump and perfectly placed to make to help make up the framework of the story.

I really liked main character Atticus as well as his dog Oberon and I loved the dialogue between them.  This author made all his characters seem interesting and there was not one that I wouldn't like to read more about.  The characters were an interesting mixture of a number of different mythologies but rather than being over the top, the laid back manner in which they were placed made it seem quite appropriate and made sense in the story.

This was a surprisingly good fun read and I am keen to keep reading in the series and see where it goes.  For this reason i am happy to give this book 4 stars

Sapphired Dragon xx

About The Book

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

Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona running an occult bookshop and shapeshifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbours and customers think this handsome, tattooed Irishman is about twenty-one years old when, actually, it's twenty-one centuries. Atticus 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 the sword, and he's been after Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down and Atticus will need all his powers - plus a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of lawyers, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good, old-fashioned Irish luck - to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.


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