Mar 272015
 
Review: HoundedHounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Published by Del Rey on May 3, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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 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.

Oh my gosh, I loved this book. This is another example where someone should have shoved this book into my face and told me I had to read it. I feel so late to the party! But that just means I can spend hours getting caught up without having to wait for the next book to be released.

There is so much humour in this book, and it’s of the sarcastic snark variety that I love. I think every character gets off at least one good line, and both Atticus and Oberon zing them off almost constantly. It’s hilarious.

Speaking of Oberon, he’s definitely my favourite character. Who would have thought that an Irish wolfhound could surpass an immortal forever-21 Irish druid? Or his vampire lawyer, werewolf lawyer, or any of the old very exotic characters in the book.

Part of my enjoyment of Oberon has to do with the audiobook voice he has. I am so glad I picked up the audiobook because the narration is amazing. Atticus and Oberon obviously have the most dialogue, and their voices are so different and distinct, you’d almost think there were multiple narrators. I’ve never thought about what a dog’s voice would sound like, but I can totally believe this narration comes from an Irish wolfhound.

I’m sure you’ve caught on that I totally love this book, and will definitely be reading (listening) on. My only complaint is that there were very few Irish accents in the book so far. I hope there’s more in the coming books because that’s the only thing that could top the humour I know will be there.

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