After dispatching the fae, Atticus receives a visit from the Morrigan, who has an interest in him continuing to be the proverbial thorn in the side of Aenghus. The Morrigan warns Atticus that more minions will soon be arriving to kill Atticus and retrieve the sword. As soon as his visitor leaves, another shows up–Flidais, Goddess of the Hunt, who has questions but also issues dire warnings. After a hunt with Flidais and his Irish Wolfhound, Oberon, results in an accidental death, Atticus has more to worry about than just facing the wrath of an angry god. Calling upon his lawyers, an alpha werewolf and a vampire, to help him navigate his legal situation, Atticus seeks to put an end to his incessant hiding from Aenghus once and for all.
The excellent Hounded hits all the right notes, from pitch-perfect humor, nimble pacing, action sequences of appropriate length, superb world-building, and one of the most intriguing cast of characters in the genre. From the very beginning Atticus proves his worth as a lead character to root for, both getting into and extricating himself from scrapes rather effortlessly, typically with an air of nonchalance and good humor.
Hearne wisely provides details of Atticus’ backstory and abilities throughout the narrative, thereby avoiding an information dump scenario where the reader gets too much at once. Deftly employing this approach, nuances of both the world of the novel and the protagonist get explored and appreciated as they should. The relationships within the story make sense, and feel very realistic despite their sometimes fantastical nature. This reviewer can hardly wait to begin book two, Hexed.
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; 4.3.2011 edition (May 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345522478
- ISBN-13: 978-0345522474