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Book Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne


My Rating: 4 out of 5 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.


I’m not going to lie, but I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It’s hard not to enjoy it though if you’re a lover of fantasy and mythology. It has druids, Celtic gods and goddesses, werewolves, vampires, and witches. Oh my!

Atticus is a badass main character. I mean, for starters, he runs a bookshop. Second, he’s covered in tattoos, so he’s instantly okay in my book. Third of all, HE HAS AN ANCIENT SWORD. Fourth, He’s a Druid. He’s definitely not your average Joe…because, you know, his name is Atticus.

I really liked the fact that the book took ancient stories and characters and threw them into a modern setting. It made for a fun and very different type of urban fantasy.

This book was full of surprises. Not only was it full of action and a mix of characters from (Celtic and non-Celtic) mythology, but it was funny, as well. I loved the interactions between Atticus and his dog Oberon (who can talk to Atticus). Their relationship reminded me of my relationship with my own doggy. Oberon was one of my favorite characters, providing levity and doggy wisdom at all the perfect moments.

There are currently nine books in the series. I’ve already purchased the second one to see if it continues holding my interest. I’ll keep you posted!


11 thoughts on “Book Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

  1. This sounds like a television series or a film I could enjoy watching. I’m sure that I would appreciate reading it too, but nine books… My To-Read list is already a little out of control. 😉

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    1. Honestly, even for me that’s a little daunting. The books aren’t that long, but still, 9 books is a lot. I plan on reading the next one and maybe another after that, but then I’ll probably move on. I may eventually read them all, but there is no plan to at the moment.

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      1. The series I’ve read was David Eddings “The Belgariad” and “The Mallorean”. Both are 5 books, so that’s 10 books in all. And I’ve read that series 3 times! The characters are just so rich and deep, I couldn’t put them down.

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      2. Other than the Harry Potter series (7 books), I think the longest series I’ve read was 5 books. Even if the books are good, super long series feel like too big of a commitment sometimes. I liked some of the Outlander books but they were so freaking long that I gave up after book 3.

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