Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hounded by Kevin Hearne - Book Review

Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles (of which Hounded is the first book) follows in the vein of other popular books that imagine the characters of mythology as real and living in our present society.  Unlike the Percy Jackson series, though, this is not a series for younger readers.

Atticus O'Sullivan is the last living druid, living his life in Arizona, minding his own business, and trying to stay off the radar.  Unfortunately, he has made several powerful enemies during the course of his long life.  Hounded is the story of how one of them, Aenghus Og, looks to get revenge and take back the magic sword Fragarach.  The story is filled with supernatural creatures, most notably Celtic myths, vampires, and werewolves.  Atticus is quick-witted, and his sidekick, an Irish wolfhound named Oberon, provides a great running repartee.

The story flows very quickly, with little down time.  There are many pop culture references thrown in, and a lot of humor.  Atticus also is very worldly, making time with some goddesses, getting drunk, and getting in touch with his inner-druid.

Altogether, I found this novel okay.  I liked the humor but could do without some of the extracurricular activities. Additionally, my review copy came with two short stories that further fleshed out Atticus's world.

I was provided a copy of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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