Hounded- Kevin Hearne

Written By: Kellie - Dec• 04•11

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. -Goodreads

Review: I always feel weird giving bad reviews to books that I know a lot of other people enjoyed. It makes me feel like I should try harder to find redeeming qualities, as maybe I’m just missing something. Not that this book has no redeeming features (just look at the pretty on the cover!), it just wasn’t my taste and I had trouble even making it to the end.

This book stands out, I’ll give it that much. You really don’t see much, if any, urban fantasy with a male protagonist, and it gave the book an interesting perspective. Also, I loved that the main character had a real bond with his dog, very sweet. Based on novelty alone, it was an interesting read.

I’m having trouble finding anything specific to criticize about this story other than the pacing and perhaps the writing style. Atticus and his story just didn’t draw me in much at all. The plot seemed a little forced and the background information kept just being thrown at me in random chunks, not fun. Heh, I guess I can criticize it after all.

Needless to say, I will not be reading the other two books in this series. But if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary in the world of urban fantasy, and you happen to be a Celtic mythology buff, than give it a go and by all means feel free to explain to me exactly what I’m not appreciating.


Second Opinions:
@ On a Book Bender
@ Urban Fantasy Reader
@ My Ever Expanding Library

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