Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #1)

Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #1)

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by Kevin Hearne

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The first novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero

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

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The first novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero

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.

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When I first discovered urban fantasy at a brick n' mortar Barnes & Noble, the basic concept compelled me like no other: you take some fantastical critters or magical doodads, slap 'em down in a contemporary setting, and then hang on for the ride.

Think of it: The entire world's collected mythology and folklore is waiting to be mined for fictional gold. That's what makes urban fantasy the most exciting genre to read and write for me. The potential for supernatural shenanigans in the present seems infinite. To narrow the focus a bit and keep myself sane, when I sat down to write Hounded, the first book of The Iron Druid Chronicles, I made myself a list of what I wanted to contribute to the genre. I wanted an unusual hero, easily distinguishable from others; I wanted to give man's best friend a voice, and I wanted it to be a big best friend, like an Irish wolfhound; I wanted a little old lady sipping whiskey on her porch, some gratuitous allusions to Shakespeare, and a beautiful, (mostly) normal girl in there with freckles and strawberry lip gloss; and I wanted a whole lot of gods and goddesses trying to survive in a secular world, especially from some pantheons we don't hear about all that often. Also, because they kind of scare me, no leather pants.

The Iron Druid Chronicles follows the adventures of Atticus O'Sullivan, a 2,100-year-old Druid who's discovered that it's the little things in life that make it worth living, and he can continue to enjoy those things so long as he hides from the Irish gods who want to kill him. Unfortunately, once he decides to take a stand, he draws the attention of all sorts of beings who thought the last real Druid had passed from this world long ago.

Part of the great fun of writing a character this old is figuring out where Atticus was during all of history's great events and whether he might have had a hand in them. But the pith, the core of what makes him so interesting to me is how he handles outliving all his friends and loved ones: How does he hang on to his humanity when his lifespan is greater than that of every other human?

The Iron Druid Chronicles still has plenty of familiar urban fantasy elements, but I hope readers will enjoy this very different hero who can talk to both gods and dogs, yet loves nothing so much as conversing with friends over a fine plate of fish and chips and a pint to wash it down.

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Random House Publishing Group
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Iron Druid Chronicles Series, #1
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4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 482 reviews.
2PointySticks More than 1 year ago
Other reviewers have given good synopses, so I'll skip that bit and go straight to the subjectivity: this book was FANTASTIC. Fast-paced, laugh-out-loud funny, well plotted and peopled with interesting characters. Our hero, Atticus, is not perfect, which only makes him more likeable. Hearne knows his mythology and builds a rich world around it. There are some secondary characters I'd like to know a lot more about, but with two more books coming and the promise of more, that will probably come in time. The author has set himself up with a lot of material to work into future stories, and I for one can't wait!
xNightQueenx More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great fun urban fanstasy novel. It reminded a great deal of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, in a good way. I also though that using Irish mythology was a refreshing change from the typical vampire/werewolf centered stories (though both appear in the book they are not the focus). I read through all three books in the series in a few days and I look forward to the fourth comming out in the spring.
terilhack More than 1 year ago
I love Hounded. No seriously it is fantastic. Inside this book is a progressing storyline that leave you never a dull minute, is a masterpiece. There is enough fabulous snark that you could stir it with a stick, and moody plotting characters that pop in and out of the story all of the time. Poor Atticus (no wealthy kick arse really) just wants some down time after two thousand years to sit back, brew at his tea shop, sell at his bookshop and hunt with his wolfhound. Is that too much for a guy to ask for, it might be when you are packing a hot sword lifted from a bygone war. Hounded will keep you reading and enthralled in its characters. I am so happy that a book per month with be released so there is no year wait between books. Want a great new fresh read that packs a punch, then get Hounded and you wont be left unsatisfied.
ReadingVixen67 More than 1 year ago
Excellent beginning to a cool series. Nice take on Celtic mythology, with lots of humor, and quite a bit of action. Celtic gods and witches figure prominently throughout the book, as well as werewolves and a very distinguished vampire. I laughed quite frequently at Oberon, Atticus' dog (Atticus is the main character in the series); Oberon was my favorite character. Read the series: Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered. You'll enjoy it!
Jennifer-K-Jovus More than 1 year ago
Kevin Hearne's brilliance shines in his debut publication, Hounded, an epic novel that encompasses modern day life with Norse and Irish mythology. His humor is unlike anything I have read and I found myself wishing I could be friends with Atticus. I enjoyed that while reading this book I learned about Druid magic (Which I wouldn't mind wielding). I also appreciated the dictionary Hearne provided at the beginning of the book so that I could understand the Irish pronunciation better. Oberon the loveable Irish Wolfhound gained my loyalty and affection with his one track poodle obsessed mind and smart alec humor. Hearne has written the voice of a dog so perfectly I ended up staring at my own Labrador Retriever trying to read her thoughts. Alas, it did not happen, but I did have sudden and serious craving for sausages. Atticus O'Sullivan embraces all aspects of shifters that I love while maintaining self preservation and honor. He is clever and made me laugh-out-loud several times throughout the book. He interacts with the other characters of the book very well and brings out the cantankerous side of his werewolf buddy. The dialogue is smooth and believable. The assortment of diverse characters leaves many possibilities for future novels. Would I read this book again? Absolutely, I will also be getting it in Audiobook too. I know that my husband will appreciate this book - especially being written from a mans point of view. (Swords, fighting and a faithful dog - a guys guy will enjoy this book) The suspense was so intense that I carried this book with me everywhere I went just in case I got an extra minute to read. When I finished it, I immediately wanted to read it again. Hounded has catapulted itself to be my new favorite book. I would recommend Hounded to anyone that enjoys paranormal and urban fantasy series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is strong and well-paced.The main character, Atticus, is funny and witty.
DebbyJ More than 1 year ago
Hounded was a fun fast paced read. Would recommend to anyone who likes fantasy.
Whitelightertrev More than 1 year ago
This book (and the entire series) was recommended to me by a friend. I was extremely pleased I managed to get around to reading it! It's a quick read packed with action and occasional wit. The voice of the book is definitely a male in his twenties. It's a fun perspective, but be aware if you find that demographic irritating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Hearne writes with a sense of humor that really appeals to me. The story progresses at a pleasant rate and doesn't generally get bogged down in too much detail about the how-to of a certain scene - just enough for my tastes.
Integrity_Consultants More than 1 year ago
A Fun, Magical Romp! - I absolutely loved the first installment of the Iron Druid Chronicles! This was a truly original book with outstanding character development and world-building. I jumped straight from the first into the second and bought the remaining books in the series. I can't recommend it highly enough to fans of fantasy and magic.
Pencil0 More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry to say the book sucked. In the first reading it was 4 stars than I realized that the guy was like an arragont sod who treated women like crap, the dog I liked. The story was interesting but the main character just was too agonizing. This almost read like a Jim Butcher novel but the character was incredibly lucky (Dresden is never lucky) and he had almost no morals everything horrible he did it seemed he ... didn't feel that bad about it and I find that a gaping hole in my main guy I must feel like I can route for him and I just didn't with him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book right after reading all the Dresden books I could get my hands on. To be fair to this series, it isn't Dresden, but I found so many similarities it almost seemed like fanfic in the Dresden universe. Butcher by no means has a lock on urban fantasy, nor is he the first. Hearne's concept should be able to stand alone, but it has a bit of a 'me too!' flavor to it. But that said, it is still good, a quick, light-hearted read. The main character is tough to the point of almost being omnipotent, which wears thin. The secondary characters with the exception of the dog are fairly flat and wooden. But I'm willing to suspend this because it is 1st person and Atticus may just be an arrogant guy who doesn't notice much beyond cleavage. I'll give the second book a try, and give this series a chance to hit it's stride. But if you love Dresden, make sure there's some distance between the two series before starting this one, then you can enjoy it.
Shaithis More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most enjoyable fantasy romps I've read in a long time. Fast paced, the right amount of humor and action and some great characters, especially the dog! You've got to give this a read if you enjoy the genere, and the modern setting adds to it.
Steve2 More than 1 year ago
Fabulous and fun, lot's of action...a supernatural twist mixed with Irish mythology that makes it different from all the other paranormal books out there, which tend to be indistinguishable. Loved it and already to start book 2.
NorCalT More than 1 year ago
Enter a little town in Arizona U.S.A. and peruse the mystic book and tea shop in town. Look for lite readings on Buddism, Taoism, Wiccan and have a Invigo-tea mixed up especially by the "Dude" Atticus. He's sports some cool tattos and his life is easy with his Irish wolfhound. Just don't assume this guy is another bygone of limp intellect of some college youth lest the ground literally "opens up to swallow you. " Atticas is friendly with more than the old Irish lass on the street; his vampire lawyer or his werewolf friends may serve you a"summons. " HA HA HA!
bookittyblog More than 1 year ago
Hounded was interesting but difficult to get into. I didn't know much about the plot of the book before reading it and I think that's why I was lost (I always do a mini research of the book I'm about to read). This book is mostly about Celtic Mythology and I know nothing about it. After a few chapters and some time I started to get into the book and it kept getting better. With the help of Wikipedia and the Internet I finished Hounded. I recommend this book if you are into Celtic Mythology or if you like a challenge and learn new stuff. Hounded is a really good book and has awesome characters.
TerisBook More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read. Druids and wolfhounds and gods Oh my!
Christopher Green More than 1 year ago
This book kept me glued to my Nook! Charming relationship between a Druid and his dog playing out with a worldwide pantheon of gods and goddesses. Cannot wait for the new release!
Anonymous 12 days ago
From the very first paragraph, I was a true Kevin Hearne fan! Everything from his wit, to his unique ability to weave a tale to captivate the imagination, to the refreshing manner with which he can "turn a phrase" makes him a spellbinding storyteller! I am excited to begin the next book and continue this amazing adventure!
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Anonymous 8 months ago
When you finish this kind of series, you feel lost. Like when close friends move away. A part of you is missing. It only last a few days as you settle for the real world
Anonymous 10 months ago
Totally engaging.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing fantasy, interesting storyline, and snark humor. Hearne's writing style made it so I couldn't put this book down!
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