Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #1 on 04-19-11
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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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.
There is nothing like finding a good series on audiobook, with a great narrator + a great series to make things just the perfect blend of awesome. I recently stumbled across THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES after audible.com had a sale and I couldn’t be more pleased.
Fan of Harry Dresden? Like your boys with a bit of brogue? You need to check out THE IRON DRUID. These books are fun, a little bit sexy, full of zany misadventures and just the perfect urban fantasy novel with a strong male lead. Top that off with almost perfect narration by Luke Daniels, aka – the guy that had me swooning over his Irish accent – you have a great listen on audiobook.
Hounded – Book 1 of The Iron Druid Chronicles
The first book introduces us to Atticus O’Sullivan, at first glance he is a trendy twenty-something, with tats, speaking in slang, that runs an occult bookshop. But, really Atticus is centuries old, the last ancient druid. Kept alive by spells, with and a few pacts with ancient death goddesses. In this first installment, we are introduced to a preexisting issue that has haunted Atticus for centuries. In Atticus’ early days he enjoyed battle, like most men of his time and found himself in possession of a magical sword, Fragarach, after a particularly noteworthy battle. The problem was, a member of the Tuatha Dé Danana, a particularly nasty god of love, Aengus Óg believed the sword was rightfully his. Over the years, Aengus sent his followers to occasionally try to kill Atticus and take the sword from him, but none were successful, and Aengus himself never came knocking. Unfortunately, now, things seem to have changed. Aengus is now determined to get his sword back, for unknown reasons…and it might just lead to Atticus’ death. Because, how can one defend themselves against a god?
The first book, Hounded, was a joy to read/listen. The main character Atticus and all the great side characters just make this story. Atticus is a phenomenally constructed character. He possesses a great sense of humor, snarky one-liners, an up-beat personality and an underlying sexiness, without all the male machismo that you find in some alpha-characters. Atticus is just a very well-rounded character. Then you sprinkle in the great secondary characters, from Atticus’ werewolf and vampire lawyers, to his fun Irish neighbor, the Widow McDunna (who was my absolute favorite side character – I could just imagine her as a real person, talking about how she had to drink her Whiskey before church) and even his talking wolf-hound, Oberon was a great addition to the book.
The plot was also very fast-paced and full of interesting tid-bits about the Celtic pantheon. We are introduced to the ancient Celtic gods, The Morrigan and Aengus along with a few others that I have never read in fiction books before, even though I’ve read considerable urban fantasies that cover the Tuatha Dé Danana. It showed some great research by the author and gave the novel real-world depth. It made the book that much more enjoyable and why this is a Parajunkee’s View series pick.
In the last book we were introduced to a few witches that had taken up with Aengus Og, thus reinforcing Atticus’ dislike for witches in general. The book doesn’t paint them as very good characters, their beauty just glamours, their power great, possessing the ability to kill a person just by having a lock of their hair. Along with Atticus’ introduction to the witches coven in the last book, there are also a few problems that haven’t been fixed because of the finale of the last book, including a few escaped demons. Even though it wasn’t Atticus’ fault, he believes it is his duty to right these wrongs. So, with a little help from a Native American god, Atticus has to go to work. On top of maybe having a show down with some nasty German witches that feel they want to take over the area, now that their isn’t a powerful coven in residence. It just doesn’t end for Atticus!
The fun just keeps coming. More Celtic gods and goddesses emerge, the plot thickens by introducing other pantheon of gods and goddesses, informing us that All of the worlds gods and goddess exist, from Thor (even the comic version) to Jesus and all the incarnations of Mary and Atticus’ Celtic gods are just 1 of many that can cause havoc on their world. It makes for quite an interesting plot and it just seems to get better and better.
This is a series you don’t want to miss! Start at book one, even though they could be read out of order.