Sunday, May 12, 2013

Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Synopsis: 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 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.

Review: I adored this book! Funny, action-packed, with just the right touch of heart and mystery. Atticus is just the sort of main character that makes a book great, and his dog makes it even better. I loved the new light on old stories, the world-building, the mix of ancient mythologies from many cultures, and the use of a druid. I've seen plenty of werewolf/vampire/witch main character, but a druid? That is so cool! And I enjoyed the take on druid magic, the idea of earth as power, the tattoos, iron necklace - all delightful and marvelous to read. And yes, there is a werewolf pack and an vampire - but they don't sparkle or fall in love with vapid girls. They kick ass - as lawyers. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read an original urban fantasy.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 5-12-2013
Pages: 304

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