Narrator: Luke Daniels
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on 19 April 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Length: 8 hours 11 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
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.
Hounded was a fantastic story, with really well done mythology, character development, action, and plot!
I did a buddy listen of Hounded with Carole @ Carole’s Random Life. We both agreed that Oberon was our favorite character. The overall story really appealed to me, because it had a druid main character, Atticus. And, as I said to Carole at one point, it was refreshing to have a male protagonist in adult Urban Fantasy. I know there are others, but it’s been a while since I’ve read or listened to one.
Hounded starts off with showing the readers what this universe is like, there are gods – from all pantheons – fae, vampires, shifters, witches, and of course out druid. Plus, it was clear from the very beginning that someone was after Atticus. Or, at least something Atticus had in his possession. And this someone would stop at nothing – scheming, lying, taking too much power from the earth, consorting with demons. And through it all, Atticus and Oberon did the best they could to be alive tomorrow.
Atticus is a very old druid, he looks like he’s only twenty-one, and he’s very strong. One of the things I enjoyed the most about him was his patience. Some of the spells he’s worked on to protect himself took over seven hundred years to accomplish.
Oberon is Atticus’ Irish wolf hound. And he can speak to Atticus mind to mind. And I just loved how Luke Daniels dealt with Oberon’s thoughts and hilarities.
Leif is Atticus’ vampire / viking lawyer, and I loved him. He had the stiff way of vampires I expected, and at the same time, he was very funny.
There are several other characters who are important to the story, but the two I think I really have to mention are Mrs. MacDonagh who is Atticus’ elderly neighbor, and Granuale, a bartender at Atticus’ fave bar.
Writing style :
The flow was really good, and the story unfolds in first person point of view from Atticus’ perspective. There are some great dialogues and one-liners, and I was immersed from start to finish.
Luke Daniels made this whole universe and all its characters come alive. Oberon sounded like I think my dogs would sound if they could talk. And I found that he did good voices all around. I am ready for book 2. Right now.
Hounded was an exciting story to listen to. There’s a lot of action, so I almost had to hold my breath at times.
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