Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin HearneHounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One: The Iron Druid Chronicles

byKevin Hearne

Mass Market Paperback | May 3, 2011

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The first novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero

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.

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Kevin Hearne lives with his wife, son, and doggies in Colorado. He hugs trees and rocks out to heavy metal and will happily geek out over comics with you. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea.
Title:Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One: The Iron Druid ChroniclesFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 0.9 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series! I was looking for a new series to read and I stumbled upon this. This book has everything you need, action, adventure, fantasy, and of course Kevin Hearne's variation of comedic humour. It is a definite recommendation!
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was looking for a new series to read and I stumbled upon this. This book has everything you need, action, adventure, fantasy, and of course Kevin Hearne's variation of comedic humour. It is a definite recommendation!
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic and Fun Read! I was looking for a new series to start that was outside my usual reading repertoire and decided to give the Iron Druid Chronicles a try: I'm so glad I did! It's a fun read, filled with magic, fantasy, gods and goddesses, and a main character who makes you laugh out loud. I have become addicted to this series!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining Read This book was often laugh out loud funny. Easy read. Very interesting and entertaining.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Hilarious and well thought out, a must read. Definitely going to read the rest in the series.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I love this book! Atticus is an awesome character, the dialogue is fantastic, and the mythology/story is incredible!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So Close To Being My Fave Series I had such a love-hate relationship with this book. I adore the characters and love the world Hearne has built. Then he puts in annoying comments and things that just seem out of character. The epilogue almost ruined the whole book for me.
Date published: 2016-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Iron Druid Different and interesting characters, including a talking dog! Well written and enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iron Druid I wonderful new world to explore with Gods of many different cultures. A fast paced thrill with suspense and humour. Atticus and man's best friend is a great new series.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicals Excellent flow and dialogue. Humorous peek into Druidic mythology.
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun for readers who like mod-fantasy Excellent for fans of Dresden. Kevin Hearne is a joy to read. The dialogue is slick and full of wit and the story lines are great fun. I have enjoyed reading the whole series.
Date published: 2013-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Start to this series Dresedenesque though not Dresden. Both books are told in the first person, both contain the paranormal but really that is where the comparrison should end. The dog's perspective added humor to the book that kept the tone a bit lighter. Follow-up books in the series will have a lot to live up to.
Date published: 2012-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast paced, funny and whole lot of fun! Atticus is a really old druid that looks like he’s 21. He keeps to himself and try’s to stay away from all Fae in particular. A long time ago he came into procession of a very powerful sword. A sword that a very powerful Fae wants back. It is hard to start a war without a sword that can be stopped! As Atticus tries to figure out who is one which side of the coming war, he also has to try to not get killed at the same time. Hard when everyone has an angle. With neighbours calling the cops, his lawyers being a werewolf and vampire every day is a new challenge. At least he has his trusty dog Oberon ready at his side for a good hunt. This is the first book in the series. I thought it was great. I was going through a little funk when it was coming to fantasy books, and this one was just the thing to get me out of it. It is imaginative, fast paced and funny! I love Oberon; he is just such a great character. The one liner’s in this book had me laughing. If you like books by Ilona Andrews you will enjoy this one. Hearne creates a whole new world with all the different gods, goddesses and creatures from every genre and brings them together.
Date published: 2011-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Hero Many first happened to me while I read Hounded, the first book in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles series. Firstly, it was the first time I read a book written in a first person perspective as told from a man’s point of view. Secondly, it was really the first time I read a full-on Urban Fantasy book. Meaning, it didn’t have any real romantic elements to it. Thirdly, this was the first time since high-school that I read a book written by a man. Yup. My first time. Now I can go around saying that Kevin Hearne popped my “book written by a boy” cherry. Okay, that sounds a little creepy. Maybe I’ll just keep that between you and me… Hounded is a very full and busy book. Because of that, I am not even going to attempt to tell you what happens. Just know that it is all very entertaining and original stuff. The main hero in this series is Atticus and he is a Druid. *hi Atticus* Kevin has written such a wonderful and smart character. So smart! There wasn’t a moment where I didn’t like him. Atticus’ sense of humor is dry and clever and I often found myself giggling while reading his thoughts and dialogue. He is a strong contender for my favorite character list; that’s how much I enjoyed reading him. I also enjoyed each and every secondary character. From the werewolf lawyer to the elderly widow to the slightly possessed barmaid, they were all written extremely well. And Oberon, Atticus’ wolfhound, is probably my favorite of them all. Because he is magical, Atticus was able to teach Oberon to think so he could be understood. Therefore Atticus can converse with him in his mind. That dog is a riot! You know how sometimes in books talking animals are just a little much and border on (or just flat out sit on) cheesy-doo? That is not the case with Oberon. He brings out the caring side of Atticus (because one of his other sides is pretty much “it’s your sh*t so I don’t give a sh*t” but in the very best way). Hey, there is a reason why Atticus has survived for over twenty-one centuries! But trust me, the dog is made of awesome and you will instantly love him like I did. Every action, every item and every person comes along with an explanation. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because in a very detailed world based on a mix of truth and myth, it’s sort of necessary so you don’t get completely lost. But it’s not something I’m really used to. I’m used to reading books that contain thought patterns like “Oh my, he’s hot. We should suck face” then “Oh my, she’s hot. We should suck face” then… you guessed it…they proceed to suck face. Okay, not really. The books I read tend to be more intelligent than that, but you catch my drift. The explanations that come along with Kevin’s story telling really help build the world he’s created out of Fae lore and pretty much every other type of mythological lore out there. It really works. When I reached the 50% mark of this book, I was really liking it and knew I would want to continue on with this series but I just didn’t see myself wanting to run out to the bookstore immediately after reaching ‘the end’ to buy it. Well… Once I actually reached ‘the end’, I told Jason that we needed to get into the car and drive the 40 or so minutes to the nearest bookstore because I just had to buy Hexed and read it immediately. (Not because it has a cliff hanger ending but because I just wanted to keep reading these characters!) I am crazy swamped with my reading schedule, and it will be even worse now that I’ve squeezed in a book, but it’s totally worth it. Fantasy book lovers everywhere, check out this book. Yes, it’s that good. Even if it was written by a boy. *g* 4.5 stars
Date published: 2011-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Read The cover caught my eye, and the premise sounded interesting, so I bought it on a whim, and I wasn't disappointed. The syntax is a bit clumsy [too many "would not", "could not", "did not" in the dialogue], but for a first novel, that can be excused. The story involves Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, and his efforts to live a quiet life with his Wolfhound, his shop, and his favorite fish-and-chip joint - and how the Old Gods [well, Goddesses, actually...] just keep messing it up for him. It was lively, fast-paced, and fun, and I'm already reading book two.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read On the whole a very entertaining read I look forward to reading the second installment.
Date published: 2011-06-12

Editorial Reviews

"Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut. Staying alive for 2,000 years takes a great deal of cunning, and sexy super-druid Atticus O'Sullivan, currently holed up in the Arizona desert, has vexed a few VIPs along the way. High up on that list is Aenghus Óg, the Celtic god of love. It's not just that Aenghus wants his sword back—though it is a very nice magical sword—but that Atticus didn't exactly ask permission to take it. Atticus and his trusty sidekick, Irish wolfhound Oberon, make an eminently readable daring duo as they dodge Aenghus's minions and thwart his schemes with plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.”—Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy“Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.”—Kelly Meding, author of Three Days to Dead“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”—Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising