Hounded by Kevin Hearne — book review

Hounded ‘ Iron Druid Chronicles Book 1 by Kevin Hearne. Orbit ‘7.99

Reviewed by Mark Yon

This is a possible winner in the currently very popular urban fantasy genre. Written in a first person perspective, it tells of Atticus O’ Sullivan, a Druid now in his second millennium and his daily tribulations with all manner of Gods in the Celtic/Druidic pantheon. Running a herbal remedy shop in Tempe, Arizona, he finds that his old rival, the god Aenghus ‘g has found where he is and wants his blood ‘ or rather, the return of the sword Fragarach that Atticus won from him, though the death of Atticus at the same time would be a convenient bonus.  

It’s very much in the Harry Dresden style but dips into a rich wealth of Irish/Celtic mythos for its characters, with the added bonus of a supporting cast of a vampire and a werewolf as attorneys and an intelligent Irish wolfhound that speaks to Atticus as a companion. The character of a whiskey-loving, Brit-hating Irish granny may grate a little on some readers. Nevertheless, fast-paced, fun and lively, overall this one’s a great page turner.

Hounded ‘ Iron Druid Chronicles Book 1 by Kevin Hearne. Orbit ‘7.99

Reviewed by Mark Yon

This is a possible winner in the currently very popular urban fantasy genre. Written in a first person perspective, it tells of Atticus O’ Sullivan, a Druid now in his second millennium and his daily tribulations with all manner of Gods in the Celtic/Druidic pantheon. Running a herbal remedy shop in Tempe, Arizona, he finds that his old rival, the god Aenghus ‘g has found where he is and wants his blood ‘ or rather, the return of the sword Fragarach that Atticus won from him, though the death of Atticus at the same time would be a convenient bonus.  

It’s very much in the Harry Dresden style but dips into a rich wealth of Irish/Celtic mythos for its characters, with the added bonus of a supporting cast of a vampire and a werewolf as attorneys and an intelligent Irish wolfhound that speaks to Atticus as a companion. The character of a whiskey-loving, Brit-hating Irish granny may grate a little on some readers. Nevertheless, fast-paced, fun and lively, overall this one’s a great page turner.