11 January 2012

Hounded - Kevin Hearne

The Blurb: 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 neighbours 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 sexy 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.

I first heard about Hounded in an review done on Fantasy Faction, and I was intrigued.  "To Amazon!" I shouted. Big was my disappointment when the book wasn't available on Kindle for Africa. Something to do with publishing rights or some such bull. Some frantic digging around the local bookshops lead to a copy. Quest completed.

This is the first book that I've read with a Druid as the main character. Atticus is 2,100 years old, older than Christianity and not as cynical as I thought he would be. He has integrated himself into modern America quite well, and the normal people see him as a hippy, or a 21 year old student. His lawyers are a vampire and a werewolf. And his best friend is his dog, Oberon. There are gods and witches. 

Now Oberon is an Irish Wolfhound, and Atticus used his druid magic so that they can talk. Some of the funniest parts of the book was the conversations between Atticus and Oberon. As any dog owner knows; dogs are bloody awesome and they should be able to talk! Oberon is my favourite by a country mile.

Is this a deep book, that will change your world view? Not in the least. Is it flippen hilarious, written well and a hoot to read? You better believe it! So if you are looking for some light, funny, well written Urban Fantasy, pick it up. You won't be disappointed. 


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