Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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BONUS: This special eBook edition includes two bonus short stories set in the world of the Iron Druid Chronicles: "Clan Rathskeller," and the eBook exclusive "Kaibab Unbound."

HOUNDED

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 ...
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Overview

BONUS: This special eBook edition includes two bonus short stories set in the world of the Iron Druid Chronicles: "Clan Rathskeller," and the eBook exclusive "Kaibab Unbound."

HOUNDED

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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Editorial Reviews

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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.

Publishers Weekly
Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut. Staying alive for 2,000 years takes a great deal of cunning, and sexy super-druid Atticus O'Sullivan, currently holed up in the Arizona desert, has vexed a few VIPs along the way. High up on that list is Aenghus Óg, the Celtic god of love. It's not just that Aenghus wants his sword back—though it is a very nice magical sword—but that Atticus didn't exactly ask permission to take it. Atticus and his trusty sidekick, Irish wolfhound Oberon, make an eminently readable daring duo as they dodge Aenghus's minions and thwart his schemes with plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting. (May)
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"Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut. Staying alive for 2,000 years takes a great deal of cunning, and sexy super-druid Atticus O'Sullivan, currently holed up in the Arizona desert, has vexed a few VIPs along the way. High up on that list is Aenghus Óg, the Celtic god of love. It's not just that Aenghus wants his sword back—though it is a very nice magical sword—but that Atticus didn't exactly ask permission to take it. Atticus and his trusty sidekick, Irish wolfhound Oberon, make an eminently readable daring duo as they dodge Aenghus's minions and thwart his schemes with plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." —Publisher's Weekly, starred review

“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.”—Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy

“Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.”—Kelly Meding, author of Three Days to Dead

“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”—Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345522535
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Series: Iron Druid Chronicles Series , #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: With Bonus Content
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 3,065
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is a middle-aged nerd who still enjoys his comic books and old-school heavy metal. He cooks tasty omelets, hugs trees, and paints miniature army dudes. He lives with his wife, daughter, and doggies in a wee cottage.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

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    New Favorite Series

    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!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    If you're are fan of Jim Butcher check this out

    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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

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    Grab your shorts it is a fast fun freaky ride

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    I read this book right after reading all the Dresden books I cou

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    Very Funny, Adventurous Book

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    I'm sorry to say the book sucked. In the first reading it was 4

    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.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    Hounded has catapulted itself to be my new favorite book.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    A perfect urban fantasy

    Atticus O'Sullivan the Druid has lived for over two millennia and in that time he has made friends like Van Gogh and Galileo but also has alienated essences who want him dead. Some are extremely powerful, but perhaps his most persistent and strongest enemy is the Celtic God Aenghus Og. The Druid stole a magic sword from the God who vowed to hunt him down, kill him, and retrieve the sword. Over the centuries, Og has located Atticus, but his attempts to kill his adversary have failed.

    O'Sullivan plays soccer while he also owns and operates Third Eye Books and Herbs store (hiding his Celtic heritage behind eastern beliefs) in Tempe Arizona. He has kept a low profile so that his sworn foes will not easily find him. Og locates him again and sends his nastiest minion to take care of him with instructions not to come back alive without his sword and O'Sullivan's corpse. The Druid's faithful Irish wolfhound Oberon is acceptable collateral damage.

    This is a super urban fantasy in which the Hearne's mythos comes across as possible due to reasonable explanations interwoven into the fast-paced plot. Readers rather quickly anticipate an OK Corral showdown between the Druid and the God once Og locates the rodent who desiccated his deity. Sub-genre fans will appreciate Kevin Hearne's humorous tale of the "Mouse That Roared" against the superpower.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Amazing!

    Thrilling book, a definite must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Great read

    The writing is strong and well-paced.The main character, Atticus, is funny and witty.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Hounded was a fun fast paced read. Would recommend to anyone who likes fantasy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Fun Book, Fun Series

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    VERY entertaining read. Highly recommended. After reading book !, I immediately purchased book 2 in the series.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

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    A Fun, Magical Romp! - I absolutely loved the first installment

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    This book reads like a sitcom.  There is cheesy dialogue and pre

    This book reads like a sitcom.  There is cheesy dialogue and predictable characters.  Borrow do not buy.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

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    Not a terrible read, but some of the writing came across as a li

    Not a terrible read, but some of the writing came across as a little sloppy (he has a magic sword that can cut through any armor, but he can't cut through a chain made of soft silver?). I was entertained, and I'll keep going with the series (in between Jim Butcher books), and hope that the author gets better...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

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    Not as Good as I'd Hoped

    This book was by no means awful. It was an interesting story and the plot moved along pretty well and I certainly didn't feel like I had to fight through it just to get done and move on to something else. That being said, I don't think I'll be putting much effort into getting my hands on the next book in the series. The main character is by far one of the most un-likable main characters I've encountered in a long time. He's over confident, over powerful, and comes out of the main conflict almost completely unscathed. I like to see my protagonist struggle a little to beat the baddie and save his friends, but there was something about the way the conflict was written that made it seem unimportant. I found myself coming to the end of the book thinking, 'really... that was it... that was what all the buildup was for?' The author also over estimated his own abilities at character building when he attempted to make his protagonist over 2000 years old. It's certainly an interesting concept but would need to be carried out by someone else because this author obviously can't write well enough to make Atticus's supposed age even remotely believable. I definitely won't be spending any more money on Kevin Hearne's books when there is so much out there that is so much better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    I want to like this book...but I just can't even continue to read it!

    The book is slow slow slow. There's a little action but it feels like it's been put there just to show how the main character lives and what he can do. I don't know....it just doesn't hold my interest at all.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    it's ok but it's no Dresden

    I was expecting something similar to the Dresden Files but this is far from it. With Dresden you had multiple story lines to follow and was really REALLY hard to put down. "Hounded" I can put down and never bother to pick up again.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Kelly

    Thx

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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