Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One by Kevin Hearne Hounded, the fabulous first installment in the Iron Druid series, grabs the reader from the first page and does not let go for the duration of the novel. Atticus O’Sullivan, minding his own business on his way to lunch, faces an attack by a group of fae outside of his bookshop. The sole surviving Druid, Atticus appears only twenty-one, though twenty-one hundred more closely represents his actual age, and over that time he has faced countless assailants sent after him by the Celtic god of love, Aenghus Og, whose sword he “removed” from a battlefield long ago.

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.

Book Stats:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 4.3.2011 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345522478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345522474

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Books in the Iron Druid Chronicles in the order they should be read:
Hounded
Hexed
Hammered
Tricked
Trapped
Hunted
Shattered

 , the fabulous first installment in the Iron Druid series, grabs the reader from the first page and does not let go for the duration of the novel. Atticus O’Sullivan, minding his own business on his way to lunch, faces an attack by a group of fae outside of his bookshop. The sole surviving Druid, …

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Summary : 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.

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About Carol

A book reviewer and editor at Bitten by Books since 2008, Carol reads extensively in the urban fantasy genre, and also writes the column on genre television, Screen Bites. Serving as the director of the Urban Fantasy track at Dragon Con, Carol also works at Coastal Magic (formerly Olde City, New Blood), and AnachroCon, and for the last three years has been one of the organizers for a small literary festival in the town where she lives. When not reading, writing reviews, or working at conventions, Carol spends as much time as possible with her three amazing grandsons.

2 comments

  1. Love the Iron Druid series!!!!! Fun, fast paced, interesting and funny! Now all I have to do is get my library to get the full set so that I can read them all!!!!!!! The author does an excellent job with the characters personality development and adds just enough detail to set the scenes. Great job Kevin Hearne! =)

  2. I have heard so many good things about this series from book friends that I have gone out and picked up Hounded, looks like I better get started :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.